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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.
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‘Bible is no guide to gay marriage debate’
8 years ago

‘Bible is no guide to gay marriage debate’

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THE following letter, written by (non-gay) Steuart Campbell of Edinburgh, appeared yesterday in The Scotsman:

The Kirk’s claim (your reports) that the Bible “promoted” (sic, doesn’t it still do so?) heterosexual marriage is both naive and irrelevant. The arcane marriage rules of the ancient Jews are hardly relevant to modern Christians; do men still marry their dead brother’s widow?

More relevant would be Jesus’s own teaching, but unfortunately he was rather vague on the subject. There is no evidence he himself was married (unusual in itself) or that he encouraged marriage. Indeed, questioned by priests on the matter, he appeared to suggest that marriage was irrelevant in the face of resurrection.

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Scottish Cardinal ‘Trying to Outdo His Boss in the Vatican’ Say Gay Humanists

 

Kenilworth, 24 April 2011 — The UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has accused the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland of trying to outdo the Pope in his attacks on secularism and LGBT rights.


Cardinal Keith O’Brien has used his Easter sermon to rail against what he describes as “aggressive secularism” which was something Pope Benedict warned about on his state visit to Britain last year. The cardinal referred to the enemies of the Christian faith in Britain and the power they currently exert.


In a reference to equality legislation preventing discrimination against LGBT people, Cardinal O’Brien denounced what he claimed was the way Christians had been prevented from acting in accordance with their beliefs because they refuse to endorse such lifestyles.


In 2006 O’Brien declared that Government proposals designed to outlaw sexual orientation discrimination constitute grave threats to “freedom of conscience” and to “religious freedom”. In the same year he compared same-sex partnerships to paedophilia.

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Robert Mugabe and the Pope ‘in Good Company’ Say Gay Humanists

Kenilworth, 1 May 2011 — The gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has noted without surprise that the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has attended the beatification of Pope John Paul II which was held in the Vatican on 1 May.

An EU travel ban forbids Mugabe from visiting member states, but the Vatican is a sovereign state and not in the EU. The ban was imposed in 2002 on account of Mugabe’s gross human rights abuses but Italy, a founder EU member, granted Mugabe an exemption to transit through the country.

A Vatican spokesman said Mugabe had not been personally invited but as the head of a state with which the Vatican has relations he was entitled to attend.

Commenting on behalf of the PTT, its secretary, George Broadhead, said: “Mugabe’s attendance at the ceremony comes as no great surprise. As a fellow Roman Catholic, he shares at least one trait in common with both the late beatified pope and the present one – an entrenched homophobia.

“He is viciously hostile to homosexuality, declaring on one occasion: ‘I find it extremely outrageous and repugnant to my human conscience that such immoral and repulsive organisations, like those of homosexuals, who offend both against the law of nature and the morals of religious beliefs espoused by our society, should have any advocates in our midst and elsewhere in the world,’ and on another occasion: ‘It [homosexuality] degrades human dignity. It’s unnatural, and there is no question ever of allowing these people to behave worse than dogs and pigs. If dogs and pigs do not do it, why must human beings? We have our own culture, and we must re-dedicate ourselves to our traditional values that make us human beings. … What we are being persuaded to accept is sub-animal behaviour and we will never allow it here. If you see people parading themselves as lesbians and gays, arrest them and hand them over to the police.’

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Gay Humanists Shocked at Prospect of Anti-Homosexuality Bill Being Enacted in Uganda

 

Kenilworth, 8 May 2011 — The gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has expressed shock at reports that a viciously anti-homosexual bill is shortly to be passed in Uganda.


The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was first introduced as a private member’s bill by MP David Bahati in October 2009. Bahati is an evangelical Christian and a member of the Fellowship Foundation, also known as the Family, a US-based Christian and political organisation which arranges the annual prestigious National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.


The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was ostensibly “shelved” by Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni following an international outcry. However, it seems that public hearings on the bill have recently taken place in the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and the remaining stages of the legislative process could be completed soon.

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UK Gay Humanists Welcome UN Human Rights Resolution

Kenilworth, 19 June 2011 — The UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has warmly welcomed the passing by the UN Human Rights Council of …
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Situation for LGBT People in Africa ‘Going from Bad to Worse’ say Gay Humanists

 

Kenilworth, 29 July 2011 — Following the latest example of virulent homophobia in Ghana, the UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) says that the situation for LGBT people in Africa is going from bad to worse.


A government minister in Ghana has called on the country’s intelligence services to track down and arrest all gays and lesbians.


The call has come from Paul Evans Aidoo, the minister for the Western Region of Ghana. Mr Aidoo, a staunch Roman Catholic, said: “All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in society.”


He called for the Bureau of National Investigations to round up gays and called on landlords and tenants to inform on people they suspect of being homosexual. “Once they have been arrested, they will be brought before the law.”

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UK Gay Humanists Support Nigerian Humanist Convention

Kenilworth, 26 August 2011 — At the request of Leo Igwe of the Nigerian Humanist Movement (NHM), the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has made a donation of …
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UK Gay Humanists Endorse Peter Tatchell Foundation’s Stance on Religious Privilege

Kenilworth, 14 September 2011 — The UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) fully endorses the statement issued by the Peter Tatchell Foundation concerning the …
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Gay Humanists Concerned at UK Ministry of Defence Employing Homophobic Chaplains

Kenilworth, 23 October 2011 — The UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) is very concerned to learn that the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is employing chaplains …
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Gay Humanists Protest at Anti-Gay Legislation Proposed in Russia

 

Kenilworth, 14 November 2011 — The UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) is appalled to learn of the latest anti-gay legislation proposed in …
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