Or is she? I’m talking about Frances Wright, 19th Century Scottish-American social reformer who flung her freethinking in the face of pietistic faith.
Advocate of women’s rights, abolition and freethought, she dared to speak out for equality, justice and truly practicing the principles in America’s Founding Documents.
My next class puts “Fanny” front and center. Here’s one example of her radical wisdom:
“The true bible is the book of nature, the wisest teacher the one who most plainly expounds it, the best priest our own conscience, and the most orthodox church a hall of science. . .
Let us call ourselves by what names we will, are we not creatures occupying the same earth, and sharing the same nature?”
~Lecture on Religion (1829)