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The Need For A New Enlightenment
2024-04-26 07:09
Editorial introduction Below is reproduced, with permission from the Estate of Christopher Hitchens (to whom I express my gratitude), the final chapter of Hitchens’s classic freethi… Read More
Rushdie’s Victory
2024-04-22 17:57
image credit: elena ternovaja. image used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. ‘What you have made will long endure.’ This is how Salman Ru… Read More
Against The ‘New Theism’
2024-04-19 06:09
Note: this is a very slightly revised version of a piece originally written for my personal Substack and published on 7 February of this year. Fiolent, Crimea, Black Sea. Cape Fiolent is… Read More
A New Pact For Atheism In The 21st Century
2024-04-15 05:49
Editorial note: this is a lightly edited republication of the speech given by Leo Igwe at the American Atheists National Convention in Philadelphia on 30 March 2024. leo igwe giving his… Read More
Is The Spirit Of Liberty Dead In Scotland?
2024-04-11 13:00
It looks like there’s trouble brewing north of the wall. A giant ginger beast that has lain dormant for the past three years has awoken, possibly the illegitimate love child of Ed Shee… Read More
Mind Your Ramadan!
2024-04-02 05:59
khadija khan at the council of ex-muslims of britain ramadan protest outside the Pakistani embassy in London. image: khadija khan. While Ramadan is a sacred month for Muslims, let us not… Read More
From Satan To The Hate Monster
2024-03-25 13:13
Images: from a ‘History of witches and Wizards’ (1760) via wikimedia commons; screen grab from the police Scotland video via Youtube.Since their earliest origins, Christian cultu… Read More
Faith Watch, March 2024
2024-03-19 04:25
Faith Watch is an idiosyncratically compiled monthly round-up of the errors, disasters and absurdities following in the wake of religions around the world, by our assistant editor, Daniel Ja… Read More
2024-03-12 05:24
The following article is adapted from a talk given to the Leicester Secular Society on 3 March 2024. Women’s march 2018, Seneca Falls, USA. Image: Marc Nozell via Wikimedia Commons… Read More
2024-02-19 04:41
Tehreem Azeem, with and without the Hijab and Abaya. Photos: Tehreem Azeem.It is hard to tell the story of my transformation from a practising Muslim to a freethinker. It did not happen in a… Read More
2024-02-13 02:34
Pro-Palestine protest in Boston, 16 May 2021. Photo: Amir Hanna, via Unsplash.Following the barbaric terrorist attack of 7 October 2023 on innocent Israeli civilians, large numbers of young… Read More
2024-02-12 13:04
Integration, BY POLYP (PAUL FITZGERALD). For the Freethinker‘s coverage of the Michaela Community School story, see Khadija Khan’s essay on religious exceptionalism and assis… Read More
2024-02-09 04:45
Michael Laccohee Bush, Thomas Paine and the Polity of the Blood. With an Appendix on the Bones. Mot Juste, 2023.But I will dance to Tom Paine’s bones Dance to Tom Paine’s bone… Read More
2024-02-02 05:32
Faith Watch is a monthly round-up of the errors, disasters and absurdities following in the wake of religions around the world, by our assistant editor, Daniel James Sharp. Fanatics in… Read More
2024-01-30 11:12
François-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire (1694–1778). Copy of a lost original By Maurice Quentin De la Tour, 1736. Image: Musée Antoine-Lécuyer, via Wikimedia Comm… Read More
2024-01-16 12:00
women in a National Campaign on the prevention of violence against women, India Gate, New Delhi, 2 October 2009. Image: Ministry of Women and Child Development, India, via Wikimedia Commons… Read More
2023-12-22 10:12
‘Two journalists discuss freedom of speech’, Image generated by Dall-E from a prompt by E. Park, December 2023.2023 has been an eventful year for free thought, humanism and secul… Read More
2023-11-24 04:43
This article is the third in our series of reflections from different perspectives on the Israel-Palestine conflict, one of the most complex, contentious and emotive conflicts of recent time… Read More
2023-11-07 07:41
Introducing ‘Faith Watch’ – a monthly round-up of the errors, disasters and absurdities following in the wake of religion around the world, by our assistant editor, Daniel… Read More
2023-11-03 11:43
The Freethinker editorial team: Daniel Sharp and Emma Park. A round-up of recent and upcoming talks by the Freethinker editorial team, as well as a couple from the National Secular Society a… Read More
2023-09-29 08:59
A protest in front of the Swedish Embassy in Tehran against the Quran-Burning in Sweden, 23 July 2023. Image: Tasnim News Agency via Wikimedia commons.The recent burning of the Quran in the… Read More
2023-09-29 08:19
From the Jesus and Mo series. First published 14th January 2015. Enjoying the Freethinker? Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter for the latest updates on freethought. Or make a do… Read More
2023-09-19 19:52
Exo-planet K2-18b: artist’s impression. Image: Arndt Stelter via Wikimedia Commons.New signs of life elsewhere in the galaxy? The BBC recently reported that NASA’s James Webb Spa… Read More
2023-08-16 05:44
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938) in 1917. Image via Wikimedia Commons.President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan triumphed in a closely contested election in May, ensuring another five years… Read More
2023-07-27 07:26
Redacted: Speech and Thought in jail, by Paul Fitzgerald.For a bibliography of our articles on free speech and free thought, see Free Speech in the Freethinker. Enjoy this cartoon? Subscr… Read More
2023-07-25 10:52
The last film censor’s certificate signed by James Montgomery (1939), the first film censor of independent Ireland, who objected in particular to ‘partial nudity, stage-Irishness… Read More
2023-06-19 18:51
a posthumous portrait of the ancient Greek philosopher Anaxagoras, expelled from Athens for impiety, because he claimed that the sun and moon were inanimate objects, not gods. Image via Wiki… Read More
2023-06-01 04:21
Same-sex marriage equality demonstration in Paris, 27 January 2013. Image: Vassil via Wikimedia Commons.Official secular states are falling like dominoes into the hands of radical religionis… Read More

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