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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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Support this Day of Action
9 years ago

Support this Day of Action

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I REGRET being unable to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with defenders of free speech at an important rally in London on February 11 due to pressing engagements in Spain over that period.

But I have added my name to the fast-growing list of those supporting the One Law for All rally for Free Expression which is being held in London from 2pm to 4pm at the Old Palace Yard opposite the House of Lords, and I would urge readers who cherish the right to criticise religion to either attend the demo, or sign the declaration.

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Amsterdam’s Chief Rabbi sacked
9 years ago

Amsterdam’s Chief Rabbi sacked

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FURY erupted among young Jewish Amsterdammers this week after Aryeh Ralbag, the city’s nominal Chief Rabbi, signed a statement saying that homosexuality was “sinful” and could be “cured”.

And today it is reported here that the homophobe has been sacked by Amsterdam’s Orthodox Jewish community.

Ralbag, who lives in New York and visits the Netherlands once or twice a year to rule on legal matters, signed the Declaration On The Torah Approach To Homosexuality using all his official functions, including that of chief rabbi of Amsterdam.

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Farewell Janey
9 years ago

Farewell Janey

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WE have just learned of the death this week in Brighton of veteran gay rights campaigner, Janey Buchan, 85.

An email we received today from ScotsGay’s John Hein said of the ex-Labour MEP:

She was inspiring to and influential in the LGBT movement in Scotland in the dark years between decriminalisation of gay male sex in England/Wales in 1967 and its eventual decriminalisation in Scotland in 1980.

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A job for the delusional
9 years ago

A job for the delusional

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THE UK website Totaljobs.com is a very useful resource for people in search of employment – but it really ought to be a great deal more careful with the ads it accepts.

Yesterday, our attention was brought to an ad it is running for a company in Sussex called Amtechnica Ltd which appears to be in gross violation of the Equality Act, 2010.

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God smites Tesco
9 years ago

God smites Tesco

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ATHEIST writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr once created a character, allegedly based on Hemingway, for his play Happy Birthday, Wanda June. In it, the sexist buffoon Harold comes out with the following line:

 Educating a beautiful woman is like pouring honey into a fine Swiss watch. Everything stops.

I burst out laughing when I first read that quote way back in the early 1970s … and spent several guilty hours after regretting my mirth. But then I decided to adapt it to suit my own worldview:

Religiously educating a person is like pouring honey into a fine Swiss watch …

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Fool in a frock slams gay marriage
9 years ago

Fool in a frock slams gay marriage

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IN A “State of the World” address, Pope Benedict the something-or-other has warned that the future of humanity is threatened by gay marriage.

According to this report, the posturing old closet case:

Unleashed what some consider being his strongest tirade against gay marriage, saying it is among conventions that ‘undermine the family’ and ‘threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself’.

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Pink bin fury
9 years ago

Pink bin fury

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ZIMBABWE’S Roman Catholic President, a serial human rights abuser and who harbours a deep hatred of homosexuals, is apparently deeply upset by the appearance in Bulawayo of a bunch of pink garbage cans.

Donated to the Bulawayo council by lesbian and gay pressure group, the Sexual Rights Centre, the bins have caused a storm among Zimbabwean homophobes, chief among them being the ghastly tyrant Mugabe, who seems not averse to a touch of pink in his wardrobe, as the picture indicates. (See a video here).

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Meet Margaret Court, Christian fopdoodle
9 years ago

Meet Margaret Court, Christian fopdoodle

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THIS week I came across a word I had never heard before: “fopdoodle”. It is an old English term – defined here as “A stupid or insignificant fellow; a fool; a simpleton” – and, within hours I found someone to apply it to: a 69-year-old Australian called Margaret Court who belongs to that school of imbeciles who believe that being gay is “a lifestyle choice”.

According to this report, Court, a one-time world champion tennis star and now a Christian minister, prompted a row with other former champions after saying gays were “aggressively demanding marriage rights that are not theirs to take”.

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George Michael slams Christian hate group
9 years ago

George Michael slams Christian hate group

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 A FUNDAMENTALIST Christian hate-group, which called on its followers to pray for the death of the singer George Michael, is running a poll which asks why “Atheists cyber-bully Christians”.

“This”, according to The Freethinker today, “is rich, given the behaviour of Christians for a Moral America, which aggressively employs cyber-bullying tactics against those it disapproves of. And The Gays are top of their list.”

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Assault on liberty
9 years ago

Assault on liberty

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HUNGARY has a new constitution, and “it mirrors many of the things that the Reactionary Right want to enshrine in the United States”, writes Bridgette P LaVictoire on the LezGetReal blog.

The new constitution bans same-sex marriage, does not protect LGBT people or the aged from discrimination, basically bans abortions by granting rights to foetuses from conception onward, and has removed many of the legal protections designed to prevent rampant economic corruption.

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