Just days after learning about the death of atheist benefactor Richard Leroy Walters, I came across the obituary of Gerald Gardner, who died last week at the age of 83.
He is noted for “[providing] the statistical underpinnings for the landmark Supreme Court case that resulted in the prohibition of sex discrimination in newspaper want ads.”
That’s awesome, but I had to smile again when I read the last paragraph:
Ms. [Jo Ann] Evansgardner, his wife, who holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology created her name as a hyphenless hybrid of her husband’s and her own. They married in 1950; she is his only immediate survivor.
Ms. Evansgardner said her husband, most of all, was fired up by principle.
“He was an activist atheist,” she said. “A proselytizing atheist. I hope you can print that because it was important to him. He thought that not saying you were an atheist hurt the cause of reality.”
I love that: Not saying you’re an atheist hurts the cause of reality. So say it loudly and proudly and be remembered for being (as the saying goes) a voice of reason in a sea of irrationality.