Today I learned of Jean Meslier, a catholic priest and exemplary clergyman of 40 years, known for his charity work. After his death a 633 page "testament" was found in his house. In it he claims he only became a priest to please his parents, denies the existance of god and calls religion "a castle in the air" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
An Arkansas woman filed a lawsuit over artwork in The Little Mermaid, the VHS box art supposedly showing a penis shape and one scene appearing to show a clergyman's erection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1638 Bishop John Wilkins – an English clergyman, naturalist, and member of The Royal Society – wrote A Discourse Concerning a New World and Another Planet, in which he predicted a human colony on the Moon. universetoday.com/121140/…
An English clergyman John Newton started out as a sailor and a slave trader. Later in his life, he renounced slave trade, became a prominent abolitionist, and went on to write "Amazing Grace". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The often-quoted idiom "seeing is believing" leaves out half of the original sentence. The full quote from 17th century English clergyman, Thomas Fuller, is "Seeing is believing, but feeling is the truth." en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Tho…
In a 1928 translation of a witch hunting manual, a Catholic clergyman claimed people with red hair are vampires classiclit.about.com/libr…
John Newton, the clergyman who wrote Amazing Grace, was an active slave trader who later spoke out against it. However, he remained in the trade long after becoming religious and lived off his earnings in the trade for the rest of his life. kingscountynews.ca/Opinio…
When a British veteran, without any close family members, died, a clergyman put out a plea on Facebook fearing that he would be buried without mourners. Then 200 strangers attended the funeral. itv.com/news/2013-02-21/f…
That, in November 1973, Christopher Hitchens' mother committed suicide in Athens in a suicide pact with her lover, a former clergyman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Former Chicago Democratic congressman Mel Reynolds went to prison for having sex with a subordinate, won clemency from a president who had sex with a subordinate, then was hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate. snopes.com/politics/sexua…
A clergyman from Lousville had his dead child disinterred so that John James Audubon could draw/paint the child's portrait. Part of Audubon's career was in deathbed portraiture. books.google.com/books?id…
Christopher Hitchen's mother killed herself in a suicide pact she had with her lover, a former clergyman in 1973. wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ…
40 years ago today, an arsonist killed 32 LGBT people in New Orleans. Some families refused to claim bodies, the one clergyman who hosted a memorial prayer received an avalanche of hate mail, and the primary suspect was never convicted despite confessing four times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UpS…
Table knives (knives with round ends) originated in France around 1637. Cardinal Richelieu, a clergyman, banned pointy knives from his table in order to prevent people from picking their teeth with their knives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tab…
The first gay rights organization was founded by a homosexual atheist and a clergyman. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…
Among other things Giacomo Casanova was a librarian and a clergyman, as well as rogue and a cad en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia…
Being able to read could save you from the death penalty in medieval England en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…

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