Secular Connecticut Hall of Fame: Norman Lear

From the Freedom of Religion Foundation <read>

TV legend Norman Lear was an effective secular activist

It is important to note here that Lear was not Jewish in a religious sense. When once asked to clarify what he had meant by calling himself “a total Jew,” Lear replied: “Well, I had to have been talking culturally, because I’ve never been religious. But I am a total Jew. I don’t like prayer, per se. I like gratitude.”

From the Hartford Courant <read>

Ex-Hartford resident Norman Lear, producer of TV’s ‘All in the Family’ and influential liberal advocate, has died at 101

Lear was born in New Haven, Conn. on July 27, 1922, to Herman Lear, a securities broker who served time in prison for selling fake bonds, and Jeanette, a homemaker who helped inspire Edith Bunker. Like a sitcom, his family life was full of quirks and grudges, “a group of people living at the ends of their nerves and the tops of their lungs,” he explained during a 2004 appearance at the John F.

Secular Connecticut Hall of Fame: Morley Safer

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Secular Connecticut Hall of Fame: Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn was an accomplished actress, born in Hartford and died in Old Saybrook, CT. Kate said ““I’m an atheist, and that’s it. I believe there’s nothing we can know except that we should be […]

Secular Connecticut Hall of Fame: Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak was a famous illustrator of children’s books. He discussed his atheism with NPRs Terry Gross. More from the CT State Historian.

Secular Connecticut Hall of Fame: Paul Newman

Paul Newman was a movie star and philanthropist. According to Who’s Who in Hell, edited by Warren Allen Smith, Newman once told TV interviewer Barbara Walters that he didn’t believe in an afterlife. D. 2008. […]