Muslim vandal ‘mentally ill’ says dad

The father of Iqbal Hessan, 22, a Mississauga, Ontario, Muslim accused of vandalising a Catholic church near his home, claimed this week that his son was diagnosed with schizophrenia and that had caused his anger and imbalance. According to this report, Basir Hessan’s son was released on bail yesterday by Justice of the Peace Gerry Manno […]

‘Magic Mormon underwear’ explained

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has produced a video that exhorts people to stop making fun of their silly ‘temple garments’. The video, according to this report, seeks dispels the notion that the cult believes “temple garments” have special protective powers and that the much-used reference to “magical Mormon underwear” is “offensive”. […]

The collection plate versus the bottle

DALE DEBAKCSY recounts the sorry tale of the persecution of the Washingtonian Temperance Society   ONE night in 1840, six men sat in a pub and decided to create an institution based on the radical idea that the best way to save somebody from alcoholism was to offer them regular support and guidance without denigrating […]

We need better morals, not better labels

BY ‘Victor Onrust’ The author, who is based in the Netherlands, responds to Jeff T Haley’s featured article, ‘We Need a Better Label ….’ LET’S start out with approving the fact that we should have a better label. But not before examining what should be the contents of this new label. If it is the […]

For effective marketing, we need a better label than ‘naturalist’, ‘skeptic’ or ‘bright’

JEFF T HALEY argues that we need better terms than the ones that exist at present to promote a more rational worldview (This essay was first published in the October 2013 print edition of the Freethinker magazine) Tags:  worldview, naturalism, naturalistic, bright, scientism, Enlightenment, evidist, evidism FOR the last 300 years, cultural evolution has been […]

If cats wrote the Bible

LONDON-based author PAUL Burns penned this delightful piece for the December issue of the Freethinker magazine IN THE beginning Bastet created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, not even enough to scrape a hole in. And the Spirit of Bastet moved upon the face of the waters, though on the […]

‘Spirituality’: A word that makes my hackles rise

SPIRITUALITY: It’s a word that’s come flapping at me from all directions in the last month or so, most recently at a somewhat bizarre funeral in Spain of a close acquaintance, a delightful character called Surj. In his early 40s, Surj was from a Sikh background but, being a non-believer, put a great deal of […]

In Custody

In her debut column for The Freethinker, OPHELIA BENSON homes in on a comment made by Nebraskan Bishop Fabian Wendelin Bruskewitz.