Topic / Op-ed

Life is not lived in black and white

Someone by the name of Lawrence Newman left a comment under the Freethinker article about the tragic suicide of transgender teen, Leelah Alcorn, above: As a logical atheist, it amazes me how other atheists can sit here and act so outraged that these parents are saying they had a son. He WAS a male. This […]

The Geller Effect

BUT for the fact that I decided to treat Talk Radio Europe’s recent ‘telepathy competition’ with the contempt it deserved, I would today be in possession of a ‘million-year-old crystal with unique healing qualities’. Furthermore, it would have been sent directly to me by a man TRE insisted was the world’s most famous “psychic” and […]

Roll me another damn fag!

YOU know those things will kill you? Although the remark was directed at around half-a-dozen latter-day pariahs defiantly dragging on their fags outside a pub, the huffy, obese item who made it was glaring directly at me when she spoke, so I felt impelled to respond. I bloody well hope so, honeypuddle. I have invested […]

Perpetual progress – is it possible?

I ATTENDED the 82nd Conway Memorial Lecture, given on June 26, 2014, by Lisa Jardine, CBE, one of Jacob Bronowski’s four daughters, under the title “Things I Never Knew about my Father” – just as I had attended the 45th lecture of the same series, given sixty years ago by Bronowski himself, under the title […]

Dear Chief Rabbi …

This open letter by JOHN RADFORD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at East London University, to Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks (pictured above) appeared  in the May, 2008, edition of the Freethinker   DEAR Sir Jonathan, I was interested in your article in The Times on Saturday March 1, 2008, entitled “Lose faith in God and […]

A Murder for all Seasons

DALE DEBAKCY examines a crass ‘killing animals for Christ’ trend which has established a foothold in the US and elsewhere – Freethinker, February 2014   JUST when you think that American Christianity can’t be any less self-aware, along comes a movement of such brilliant and crass vapidity as to make all the vile evangelic excesses […]

Prayers and parking fees

I WONDER if other Freethinker readers have noticed the phrase “Pay to Pray” sneaking into local media recently? The context is usually reports about churchgoers having to pay to use car parks or parking meters on Sundays. It might just be a catchy little phrase dreamed up by an unknown sub-editor, but as it’s so […]

America’s crazy Cookie War

FREETHINKER editor BARRY DUKE is gripped by an all-out assault on the Girl Scouts of America. (This op-ed appeared in the April, 2012, edition.) THERE are days when I seriously wonder whether a sizeable chunk of the American population got wired up all wrong in the manufacturing process. Example: last month I stumbled upon the […]

Objective morality

ONE of the most oft-touted claims from the religious is that morality stems from their book of sacred text. Anyone who keeps an eye on American politics, particularly Republicans, will be all too familiar with this. The opposition to marriage equality is because God forbids it, after all. Time after time, I hear mumblings of […]

Can you call your husband ‘Lord’?

My encounter with a woman who insists: ‘Don’t be submissive, be happy’   KATHRYN Joyce, above, begins her book about the Christian patriarchy movement in the US, Quiverfull, with Doug Phillips giving a talk on wifely submission at a Christian Homeschool Convention. I’ve watched my wife counsel a lot of young ladies who are considering […]