Our main theme this month
is the danger of religious certainty; of
course, the two usually go together.
In particular, we examine the Pope’s
extremely homophobic Christmas message, but
certainty is not confined to Christianity,
as our articles from the writer and activist
Maryam Namazie and
A Khan of Islam Watch testify.
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
Each month we look at
a blog that takes our fancy. This time it’s
the turn of
Warrior, which logs the encroachment
of Islam into the lives of non-Muslims.
believed in action. Faith without works, he
said, was not Christianity. But, then,
“unbelief without any effort to shoulder the
consequences for mankind”, as he put it in
his book Objections to Humanism, “is
Freethinker editor Barry Duke and
G&LH joint editor Andy Armitage found
themselves on air on the same BBC Radio
Wales radio programme, a recording of which
is available here.
Letter from America
Alistair Cooke was one
of Britain’s best-known broadcasters – or
was he America’s? In truth, he was a bit of
both. On the eve of the fifth anniversary of
Armitage takes a look at the life of
the journalist, broadcaster and agnostic.
As part of the 2009
International Women’s Day, an event
organised by the One Law for All Campaign
against Sharia Law in Britain will take
place in London.
Maryam Namazie tells us all about
Is assisting someone
to commit suicide as simple as it sounds?
Could a law permitting such an act cover all
the bases? Or would it be a legal and moral
Richardson looks at the issues.
Prince Harry is prone
to embarrassing gaffes, such as when he once
donned a Nazi uniform for a fancy-dress do.
But should we be getting worked up over the
use of the word Paki in his video
Diesel Balaam thinks not.
Enter the Enforcer
This is the
in a series of reprints of articles
from earlier issues of the print
version of G&LH.
This article was
first published in G&LH in
Summer 2005. However, in light
of Pope Ratzinger’s
recent comments to the effect
that homosexual relations are as big
a threat to mankind as the
destruction of the rainforests, it
is a relevant now as it was then.
Watch is a website set up by a group of
Muslim apostates who left Islam out of their
own conviction when they discovered that
Islam is not a religion at all. Here, one of
Khan, explains their mission and
describes the challenge ahead for Muslims
and non-Muslims alike.
“Surely this most
progressive of programmes should not be
filming one of this year’s specials in such
an unsavoury place,” says the
Gareth McLean On TV blog in a piece
Doctor in Dubai: dubious indeed.
Doctor Who fan
Stephen Blake reports.
Stephenson, who has already been
accused as being soft on homophobia, was
recently appointed London’s new Metropolitan
Police Commissioner. In this follow-up to
the article “Murder
Rap” – which we ran in the November
issue of G&LH –
why he thinks the new police chief is
a hypocrite when it comes to hate crimes.
What are we to make of
Joseph Ratzinger’s latest condemnation of
gays, in which he said that man needed
protecting from homosexuality just as much
as the tropical forests needed protecting
Broadhead has been looking at the
Pope’s pronouncement, and pronounces it
A new report in the UK
Centre for Islamic Pluralism, showing
that Muslim women suffer discrimination and
gross bias in sharia adjudications, has been
welcomed by the new One
Law for All campaign, which is supported
by a variety of organisations and
Maryam Namazie tells us more
about women under Islam in the UK, and
brings us news of a symbolic demonstration
planned for 7 March in London.
All doubt and no
faith? All faith and no doubt?
Richardson puts these two polar
opposites into some perspective.
Speckhardt reflects for G&LH
on how his country’s new President – Barack
Obama – is “living proof that family values
without religion build character”.
Can a new broom sweep
clean, if that new broom is the President of
the United States of America? The British
gay- and human-rights campaigner
Tatchell clearly hopes so. He
wrote an open letter to President Barack
Obama, urging him, among other things, to
create a better climate for lesbians and
gays, which we reproduce here.
Auschwitz Liberation Day was marked on 27
January. Many gay men were sent to the
notorious concentration camp, and here
de la Motte-Sherman reflects – in a
recent talk he gave – on homosexuals under
Morality must always
be distinct from religion, argues
When lights dimmed on
the theatre marquees of Broadway and London
on the day of Harold Pinter’s funeral on New
Year’s Eve, you knew tributes were being
paid to a great man of the theatre. But he
was also a noted nonbeliever.
Armitage reviews some highlights of
the life of the man who gave us the Pinter
Tatchell reviews Edward Carpenter
– A life of Liberty and Love, by Sheila
A man who claimed not
to be a philosopher, but whose words of
wisdom will inspire humanists for years to
come has died. Aiming to ensure that the
thoughts of H J Blackham live on has been
longtime humanist, campaigner and writer
Barbara Smoker, who put together a
collection – the “Best” – of Blackham’s
Armitage reviews her book of Blackham
is it about the supernatural that’s
got television producers salivating?
Stephen Blake takes a look.
Allen Smith on an important new book
from America that is filled with acerbic
humour, is a valuable reference source and
is a joy to read.
So, he isn’t a woman,
won’t be changing colour or batting for the
other side. Matt Smith is the Doctor,
and Gran’s claiming all the credit.
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