Topic / Free speech

Good news: Singapore blogger is granted asylum in the US

Teenage blogger Amos Yee, above, who was jailed twice in Singapore for posting political and religious criticism online, has been granted asylum in the United States, according to the BBC. Yee, 18, was detained in the US when he arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare airport in December. He came into the country on a tourist visa […]

Secular Muslim warns against ‘predators of liberty’ in the UK

Maajid Usman Nawaz, above, a politician, broadcaster and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society today hit out at the Muslims who aimed death threats and abuse at a young teenage girl who was filmed ‘twerking’ in a Birmingham street while wearing a hijab. Writing for The Daily Beast, the reformed Islamist wrote: The […]

UK man, critical of Christianity, is banned from churches

Robert Skynner, above – creator of The Christian Comedy Channel on YouTube who was jailed for eight weeks for harassing a Christian couple – has now been barred from entering any church or place of worship for five years. According to this report, Skynner, 55, appealed his sentence and conviction after serving his sentence, but […]

Doors slamming shut in the US

Trump’s war on free everything is raging right along over here. (I apologize for his manners toward Theresa May. He just doesn’t know how to act. That hand-holding thing was gruesome, and we’re all embarrassed about it.) He attacks the free press nearly every day; he attacks freedom to protest, freedom from forced pregnancy, freedom […]

Hey coppers, please leave preachers free to rant and rave

I’ve said so in the past, and I’ll repeat it again. Street preachers are clowns and and should be left to spout whatever drivel they they want without let or hindrance. People are can choose to listen to their flapdoodle or roll their eyes and simply stroll on by. And I’m by no means the […]

Freethinker editor to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award

THE board of G W Foote and Company, publishers of the Freethinker, are delighted to learn that Barry Duke, above, who has edited the Freethinker for 20 years, is to receive a Lifetime’s Achievement Award from the National Secular Society as part of this year’s Secularist of the Year celebrations in March. Announcing the award, […]

MP slams BBC for vilifying Olympic athlete Louis Smith

Conservative MP Charles Walker has accused the BBC of placing itself ‘firmly at the head of the mob’ who attacked Louis Smith for lampooning Islam. Walker also said the Government was “nowhere to be seen” when it should have been defending free expression. He added that the Government’s silence over the hounding and death threats […]

Dutch politician Geert Wilders guilty of racial discrimination

Dutch politician Geert Wilders, convicted yesterday of inciting racial discrimination against Moroccans living in the Netherlands, is to appeal against the verdict reached by what he earlier described as ‘a kangeroo court’. Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said the court would not impose a sentence on Wilders, head of the right wing PVV Freedom Party. because the […]

Expelled from Boston Atheists for Thought Crime

I have written for the atheist/secular humanist press since 1974, when my first article appeared in the venerable British monthly, The Freethinker (established 1881).  I remember that, from time to time, we would debate the best names to apply to ourselves: atheist, agnostic, freethinker, or secular humanist.  I myself have always liked freethinker — someone […]

Prime Minister Theresa May questioned over Smith ban

It’s good to see free speech advocates vigorously fighting back against the ludicrous suspensions imposed on Olympic gymnasts Louis Smith and Luke Carson for mocking Islamic prayer. A petition has been launched calling for the ban to be lifted, and yesterday in parliament Tory MP Charles Walker, above, accused politicians of having “looked the other […]