Freethought 27 Mar-4 May 2023

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Steven Greer; humanist reform; Wakefield; and more

Dear reader,

In 2020, the Bristol University Islamic Society accused academic Steven Greer of Islamophobia. In our latest interview, he speaks to me about his subsequent 'cancellation' and the ongoing threats to free speech at university. Watch out for our review of his book next week.

Speaking of books, one about the history of humanism in 20th-century Britain has just been published under the aegis of Humanists UK. Co-author Charlie Lynch has written an introduction.

The Wakefield Koran-scuffing case deserves to be taken very seriously, argues Noel Yaxley, with the help of Jesus and Mo. We also have articles by Ella Nixon on politics and art, and by Tauya Chinama on the traditional Shona religion of Zimbabwe.

Finally, mindful of the coronation coming up on Saturday, our image of the week looks at the religious symbolism associated with kings called Charles.

British Islam and the crisis of ‘wokeism’ in universities: interview with Steven Greer
Humanists and ethical reform in mid-twentieth-century Britain, by Charlie Lynch
The perils of dropping a book, by Noel Yaxley, with cartoon by Mohammed Jones
Can art be independent of politics? Review of Jed Perl's Authority and Freedom by Ella Nixon
Traditional religion in Zimbabwe: was God a Christian import? by Tauya Chinama
Divine right of kings? Image of the week

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Emma Park
Editor, The Freethinker

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