Support: New Humanist Magazine
Padraig Reidy, Deputy Editor of New Humanist Magazine offers us this statement of support:
New Humanist was established over 120 years ago as part of a movement to open debate on religion and dogma. While since then, some advances have been made in the struggle for freethought and free expression, events in the past year have proved that much more is yet to be achieved.
Conservative Christians have attempted (sadly with some success) to censor Jerry Sprnger the Opera, Sikhs in Birmingham have forced a brave young playwright into hiding, and, most recently, Islamists have rushed to condemn, harass and threaten cartoonists and journalists who they characterised as ‘enemies of Islam’ for merely printing cartoons.
Freedom of expression is not an abstract, relative concept. It is an absolute which must be defended, now as much as ever. All ideas, whether they be personal, political or religious, must be open to questioning, to challenge, and yes, to offence.
That is why New Humanist is happy to stand alongside our secularist, rationalist and democratic comrades in support the March for Free Expression.