Freethought for the week, 17-29 April

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Freethought update - 17-29 April

Dear reader,

In the second half of our Secularism Month, we've had some fascinating comment and analysis from around the world.

Richard Scorer from the UK analyses what happens when child protection clashes with religious freedom. Nathan Alexander from Canada asks what the effect of the internet has been on the spread of atheism. And Kunwar Khuldune Shahid from Pakistan discusses the rise of religion and the suppression of freethought in South Asia.

New articles
- Child Protection and Religious Freedom, by Richard Scorer
- How Three Media Revolutions Transformed the History of Atheism, by Nathan Alexander
- Religion and the decline of freethought in South Asia, by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
- Image of the week: A review of the first Freethinker, in The Truth Seeker (1881)

Coming up next: Humanism Month
In our project to examine all aspects of the non-religious life, May will be Humanism Month at the Freethinker. We'll be featuring news, interviews and analysis exploring what humanism means in the twenty-first century.

Contributors sought
If you have expertise or experience in a topic relevant to the Freethinker and you would like to write about it for our growing audience, please submit a pitch via our contact form. We ask for a high standard of argument and written English, and in return we pay for contributions.

At the moment we are particularly interested in submissions on the following topics:
- Freedom of religion and freedom of expression
- Humanism and secularism
- Blasphemy
- Freedom of expression in the light of the pandemic
- The polarisation of left vs right wing ideologies, and where open-minded freethinkers can fit in to all this.

I'll be writing again next week. As always, if you like what we do, please spread the word, and let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Best wishes,

Emma Park
Editor, The Freethinker

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