If you’re gay and in the
UK, your blood is tainted. That, anyway, is
the view of the organisation that spends
much of its time and budget appealing for
that precious commodity: blood.
What you think about
A selection of this month's news stories.
George Broadhead casts a global eye
over the world's news.
On the Blog
A round-up of
what's been happening on our Pink Triangle
Say it fast and you can
make out the play on words: Anal Iced Bible.
OK, the A needs to be pronounced as
in “pan”, not “pain”. You get the idea. This
month we take a look at Baal's Bum ...
freethought? Is it thought that is free of
religious baggage? Or is there more to it?
Braithwaite has been thinking freely
about the issue.
If you’re watching the
current BBC drama series Apparitions
– starring Martin Shaw as an exorcist called
Father Jacob – you’ll certainly have to
suspend disbelief if the Devil doesn’t have
a place in your belief system. But why does
religion have an obsession with demons and
Matthew Thompson examines religion’s
obsession with “evil spirits”.
Law for All campaign against
sharia law in Britain was launched at
House of Lords on
International Human Rights Day, 10
Maryam Namazie tells us more
Is there more to the
debate over religious schools than meets the
eye? The subject certainly generates a lot
of anger among atheists and secularists. The
Runnymede Trust has just put out a report
to Divide?”, which, among other things,
recommends an end to selection on the basis
Simon Barrow of the
think tank analyses the arguments.
The National Blood
Service claims it wants to protect patients
from HIV, the alleged cause of AIDS, but its indiscriminate ban on gay
donors is flawed, says
Tatchell. (This article first
appeared in the Guardian’s “Comment
Is Free” section on 1 December 2008,
World AIDS Day.)
This is the third
in a series of reprints of articles
from earlier issues of the print
version of G&LH.
created a firestorm of controversy
when it was first published in 2003,
including personal attacks from
several prominent humanist members
of the AIDS establishment who were
outraged that we dared even to
question the HIV/AIDS hypothesis.
publication of the article by
John lauritsen on the HIV/AIDS hypothesis
in G&LH in 2003, we received enormous
criticism. We published some of this
and responses to it in a subsequent
issue and we have reproduced it
again here. The original article,
Death Cult, is also republished as
Out of Print, Part 1.
Last month we
feature about how a book of poetry
titled darkness is where the stars are
by the Welsh poet
Patrick jones created a
censorious outcry from Christian Voice, who
successfully prevented a signing session by
the author at Waterstones bookshop in
Here are two poems from
the book that we particularly liked.
For the best part of
Roy Saich has run
Humanists, the independent website for
agnostics, atheists and enquirers, which
offers free impartial information about the
humanist ethical tradition. Here, he
explains where the Christmas crib comes from
and tells us why humanists celebrate
Armitage makes a case for putting the
Christ back into Christmas. But only as a
Do you have a
preference for how you’ll be seen off? Would
you mind having a religious funeral, even if
you’re an atheist, for the sake of your
loved ones? Would you insist on one that
reflected your own beliefs – or lack of
them? Whatever you decide, it seems there’s
very much a pick-and-mix approach these
Who might be the next
tenant of the TARDIS? Well, actually, Who
will be the . . . Oh, let’s let
Stephen Blake explain!
Warren Allen Smith
talks this month about suing God, hairspray
and wigging out, Matthew Mitcham and
remembers the late Jean-Marie Gustave Le
Dean has an appointment with the
doctor. Sorry, the Doctor. Or wishes he had.
Wishes he had an appointment with the Doctor
who’s on his Christmas list, that is. Or one
of them. Or all of them. Oh, you’ll have to
read him to find out what this is all about.
This month we
introduce our new cartoons page
where we offer you a selection of
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