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About Barry Duke

Veteran journalist Barry Duke, born in South Africa in 1947, settled in the UK in 1973, where he became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement and gay rights organisations. A militant atheist, he joined the National Secular Society (NSS) and was a co-founder in 1979 of the Gay Humanist Group which changed its name to the Gay & Lesbian Humanist Association in 1987. In 2017 he was handed a Lifetime Achievement award by the NSS for his "spirited opposition to religious intolerance and irrationality" in his roles as a free speech advocate and his work as editor of the Freethinker and The Pink Humanist magazines. In 2017 he was married to his partner of 22 years, Marcus Robinson, in Gibraltar. The couple live in Benidorm, Spain.
Latest Posts | By Barry Duke
Former youth pastor’s suicide should serve as a warning to the ‘ex-gay’ movement
16 mins ago

Former youth pastor’s suicide should serve as a warning to the ‘ex-gay’ movement

THIS is not a site where you’ll find much sympathy for those who passively allow religion to manipulate their lives, but my heart goes out to the family of a …
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‘Pray-away-the gay’ hate preacher dies a week before his 58th birthday
1 week ago

‘Pray-away-the gay’ hate preacher dies a week before his 58th birthday

DESCRIBED by the BBC as ‘one of Africa’s most influential evangelists’, the Nigerian preacher died yesterday (Saturday) of yet-to-be-disclosed causes.

A post on his Facebook page, which has more than …
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COVID-19 grant: Muslim news outlet ordered to return £3,000 for homophobic content
2 weeks ago

COVID-19 grant: Muslim news outlet ordered to return £3,000 for homophobic content

AFTER receiving a £3,000 COVID emergency grant from the Public Interest News Foundation (PINF), it was revealed that 5Pillars broke rules laid down by the Independent Monitor for the Press …
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Catholics are ripping themselves apart over same-sex ceremonies in Germany
4 weeks ago

Catholics are ripping themselves apart over same-sex ceremonies in Germany

A ROW simmering in Germany over same-sex church blessings is fast reaching boiling point as priests continue to defy a ban on such ceremonies by the Vatican’s Congregation for the …
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Farewell to a Humanist hero: LGBT activist George Broadhead dies aged 87
1 month ago

Farewell to a Humanist hero: LGBT activist George Broadhead dies aged 87

Co-founder of the world’s first group for LGBT non-believers was a fierce opponent of faith-based bigotry
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Bigot tipped to become N Ireland’s new First Minister is a homophobe, misogynist & creationist
2 months ago

Bigot tipped to become N Ireland’s new First Minister is a homophobe, misogynist & creationist

DEAR readers, I give you Edwin Poots, above, front runner for the position of First Minister of Northern Ireland. He threw his dunce’s cap into the ring after the shock …
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Northern Ireland politicians pass motion to ban conversion therapy
2 months ago

Northern Ireland politicians pass motion to ban conversion therapy

TABLING a motion for a ban on conversion therapy with party colleague John Stewart, Beattie, above,  told members of the Stormont, the Northern Ireland parliament, ‘I’m a straight man, I …
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Vatican ‘slams door on gay agenda’. Sir Elton John accuses the RCC of ‘stupidity and hypocrisy’
3 months ago

Vatican ‘slams door on gay agenda’. Sir Elton John accuses the RCC of ‘stupidity and hypocrisy’

SIR Elton John is no fan of religion. Back in 2006 he rightly asserted that organized religion fuels anti-gay discrimination and other forms of bias, saying ‘I think religion has …
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Gay billionaire’s $15-m donation to ACLU will be used to ‘undermine Christian teachings’ regarding sexuality
3 months ago

Gay billionaire’s $15-m donation to ACLU will be used to ‘undermine Christian teachings’ regarding sexuality

IN a piece published on Friday – headed “ACLU Gets $15 Million LGBT Grant from Billionaire Foe of Christian Morals and Religious Freedom” – the National Catholic Register expressed horror …
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Lunatic Messianic Jewish apologist attacks adoption service over its new LGBT acceptance policy
3 months ago

Lunatic Messianic Jewish apologist attacks adoption service over its new LGBT acceptance policy

SHORTLY after Chris Palusky – head of one of America’s largest adoption and foster care agencies –  announced on Monday that it would begin providing services to LGBT parents nationwide …
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