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A blog version of The Freethinker - a British magazine for atheists and secularists, published continuously since 1881.
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
2023-05-03 09:00
Divine right of kings? Charles I and Charles III. Image of the week: Charles I and Charles III. Plus ça change? The portrait of Charles I, now in the National Portrait Gallery, dat… Read More
2023-04-14 05:39
Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts, by Jed Perl (Knopf, 2022). As W.H. Auden put it, ‘If the criterion of art were its power to incite to action, Goebbels would be one of the… Read More
2023-04-05 08:25
Jesus and Mo, ‘Book’, 1 March 2023. Image: Mohammed Jones.The trial of Ashfaq Masih will mean little to people in Britain today. It could be suggested that it means even less in… Read More
2023-03-20 09:16
Tylorstown, Rhondda Valley, Wales (2021). Image: ProfDEH via wikimedia Commons. When Rhodri Morgan, the former First Minister of Wales, was given a public, humanist funeral at the Welsh Parl… Read More
2023-03-02 13:34
Doubleplusgood, by Polyp.On Puffin’s attempt to rewrite Roald Dahl: Puffin v. Dahl, by Noel Yaxley. The post Image of the week: Doubleplusgood appeared first on The Freethinker Read More
2023-03-02 13:29
Eight Classic children’s books and one disney rewrite. Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash.‘There’s more than one way to burn a book,’ wrote Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit… Read More
2023-02-26 20:33
Watson Heston, Two Ways to Go. Originally published in The Truth Seeker and reprinted in The Freethinkers’ Pictorial Text-Book, New York: The Truth Seeker Company, 1890.The post Image… Read More
2023-02-15 04:53
Tauya ChinamaZimbabwe is a deeply religious country. According to the 2017 Inter Censal Survey by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency, 10.2% of the population have no faith. The rest are… Read More
2023-01-25 09:10
Cover of the Centenary issue of the Freethinker, May 1981, with contributions by notable humanists Harold Blackham and Margaret Knight, and Dora, the second wife of Bertrand Russell. Chapman… Read More
2023-01-04 05:08
Rush-die, by PolypFreethought, open enquiry and free speech – or ‘free discourse’, as it has elegantly been called – are often concerned with the critical and dispass… Read More
2022-12-19 08:00
Still from the Youtube recording of a Christian witchhunting event in Ibadan, Nigeria, 25 November 2022.Nigeria’s secularism is faltering. Sadly, it holds little hope for Africa’… Read More
2022-12-16 11:40
The Freethinker has previously discussed attempts by Pastafarians in Austria, the Netherlands and elsewhere to achieve the same rights and privileges as recognised religions – or at le… Read More
2022-12-14 10:23
At the age of 26, Inaya Folarin Iman is already an established public figure, known as an advocate for open discussion on that most contentious of issues: race. Born in London as a second-ge… Read More
2022-11-07 20:19
The Artemision Bronze, thought to be Zeus or Poseidon, c. 460 BC, at the National Archaeological Museum, Athens. Some gods are just cooler than others. IMage: E. ParkThe post Image of the We… Read More
2022-10-27 17:28
‘If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – for ever.’ (George Orwell) The Chinese consulate-General, Manchester. Image: Eirian Evans… Read More
2022-10-26 08:40
Jesus and Mo (2022). October is Civil Liberties Month at the Freethinker.October is Civil Liberties Month at the Freethinker. We here present a guest cartoon from Mohammed Jones, the pseudon… Read More
2022-10-19 11:57
Neil Ferguson, 14 February 2020. Image: via Wikimedia CommonsDuring the pandemic, outlets that had previously turned to me for pieces on Brexit or prorogation or the Northe… Read More
2022-10-05 14:22
Protest March in Hong Kong against the extradition Bill that would have enabled Hongkongers to be extradited to mainland China for trial, 16 June 2019. Photo provided by the authorLet’… Read More
2022-10-03 07:58
Thoughtcrime, by POlyp. October is Civil Liberties Month at the Freethinker.October is Civil Liberties Month at the Freethinker. In a spirit of open, critical enquiry and resistance to dogma… Read More
2022-10-01 08:49
The Freethinker’s themes of ‘history’ and ‘civil liberties’ this September and October provide an opportunity to reflect upon the crime which has regularly trip… Read More
2022-09-05 09:25
Front window of Leicester’s Secular Hall (opened April 1881), with Freethinker poster. Image: E. ParkSeptember is History Month at the Freethinker. We shall be publishing articles that… Read More
2022-09-02 07:00
Xenophanes of Colophon (c. 570-478 BC), one of the first philosophers to challenge conventional views of the gods. Image: from Thomas Stanley, The history of philosophy (1655), via Wikimedia… Read More
2022-08-24 07:00
Adoph Tidemand, Low Church Devotion (1848). Source: National Museum of Art, Architecture and design, Norway, via Wikimedia CommonsSome stakeholders in the world of religious education believ… Read More
2022-08-17 07:00
First pages of the Quran copied in naskh script by Şeyh Hamdullah for Sultan Bayezid II in Istanbul in 1503-1504, with illumination by Hasan ibn ‘Abdallah. Public domain: wikimedi… Read More
2022-07-29 07:14
Charity, by Maurice Schnell (1830-1902), via Wikimedia Commons.Misogyny, homophobia, child beatings and the Taliban are not causes that most people would associate with charity work. But the… Read More
2022-07-08 05:11
Niko Alm’s proposed photos for his identity card and passport, with a ‘modest pasta crown’. Photo: Niko Alm (2022).Although every Western country has the freedom of religi… Read More
2022-07-07 08:56
The Freethinker presents three clerihews to mark the resignation of Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative party, and agreement to quit as Prime Minister by the autumn. Invented by Edmu… Read More
2022-07-07 08:22
‘With you always’. Copyright Paul Fitzgerald 2022.July is Pastafarian Month at the Freethinker. This picture of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, by radical cartoonist Polyp (Paul Fi… Read More
2022-06-29 16:09
From a Home Office and Central Office of Information Leaflet, Advising the Householder on Protection against Nuclear Attack, p. 5. printed in England under the authority of Her Majesty&rsquo&hell…Read More
2022-06-20 11:27
The Temple Mount, Jerusalem. IMage credit: Avraham Graicer, via Wikimedia CommonsIn July, President Joe Biden is likely to visit Israel and Saudi Arabia, as the two countries draw closer tow… Read More
2022-06-17 07:05
You’d Better Believe It, part II: your correspondent for Diversity, Respect and Social Cohesion continues their deep-dive into some of the most divisive inclusive issues facing cultura… Read More
2022-06-14 17:09
The storming of the US capitol, 6 January 2021, by Tyler MerblerIn the United States we are experiencing not a culture war, but something more like a culture Armageddon. I need not illustrat… Read More
2022-06-12 13:52
Patrick J. Corbeil, Empire and Progress in the Victorian Secularist Movement: Imagining a Secular World (Palgrave Macmillan) • 2 December 2021 • pp 198 Image provided by Palgrav… Read More
2022-06-07 21:07
Image by E. Park, with icon by David VignoniJune is Blasphemy Month at the Freethinker. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary defines blasphemy as ‘profane talk of something supposed t… Read More
2022-06-03 05:58
‘Equal Justice Under Law’: the US Supreme court, Washington DC. Credit: Jeff Kubina, Wikimedia Commons.… Read More
2022-05-20 15:23
Professor Russell Sandberg at CArdiff University. Photo Credit: R. SandbergReform of human rights law is coming. Although the rationale behind the proposed new Bill of Rights does not direct… Read More
2022-04-28 21:54
‘Western governments are increasingly reaching into areas in which the interests of religious freedom and the rights of conscience were long thought no business of government.’ S… Read More

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