A week and a half ago the notorious RBG had a birthday and today it's Sandra Day O'Connor:
And she said this:
The First Amendment expresses our Nation’s fundamental commitment to religious liberty by means of two provisions–one protecting the free exercise of religion, the other barring establishment of religion. They were written by the descendents of people who had come to this land precisely so that they could practice their religion freely. Together with the other First Amendment guarantees–of free speech, a free press, and the rights to assemble and petition–the Religion Clauses were designed to safeguard the freedom of conscience and belief that those immigrants had sought. They embody an idea that was once considered radical: Free people are entitled to free and diverse thoughts, which government ought neither to constrain nor to direct.In her concurring opinion declaring unconstitutional a public display of the Ten Commandments.
And as a blistering reassessment of the validity of astrology, today is also the birthday of writer Erica Jong:
And from her novel Fear of Flying (look it up, my young padawans, you'll understand the '70s better):
The zipless fuck is absolutely pure. It is free of ulterior motives. There is no power game . The man is not "taking" and the woman is not "giving." No one is attempting to cuckold a husband or humiliate a wife. No one is trying to prove anything or get anything out of anyone. The zipless fuck is the purest thing there is. And it is rarer than the unicorn.Free Speech. Yay!