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Below are all the articles contained in the latest issue of The Pink Humanist.
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  • IN the autumn 2015 issue of The Pink Humanist I covered the visit of Peter Tatchell to the Isle of Man, when he helped Isle of Man Freethinkers and the Manx Rainbow Association (the local humanist and gay groups) to get same-sex marriage legislation and an Equality Bill back on
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  • The UK LGBT Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust, which publishes The Pink Humanist, recently provided funding for the Ugandan Humanist organisation HELU to build a classroom. Here HELU’s Publicity Secretary AYELLA COLLINS describes the organisation, its aims and activities. Humanist Empowerment of Livelihoods in Uganda (HELU) is a programme
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  • Couples kiss during an Athens gay pride parade. In 2014, activists organised a "kiss-in" during a church service run by Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus who threatened to excommunicate politicians supporting same-sex unions. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images Back in 2013 the Orthodox Church in Greece went on the offensive against same-sex civil
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  • THE saying, “There are no atheists in foxholes” is frequently used to argue against atheism. The line of reasoning is that in situations of fear, danger or stress, people profess some belief in God or in some higher being. So this expression is employed to discredit the atheistic position and
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  • Pink Humanist editor BARRY DUKE recommends Night Train to Lisbon to atheist cinefiles for its strong anti-religious and anti-fascist plot. I reckon that one of the greatest leaps forward in the positive portrayal of atheism in popular culture was the creation by American animator and filmmaker Seth MacFarlane of Brian,
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  • MARCUS ROBINSON sets out to learn more about the eccentric gay dinosaur hunter who wished to become the first king of Albania. WITH name like his, plus the fact that he was born in Transylvania, Franz Baron Nopcsa von Felso-Szilvás sounds like a character in a 19th-century Gothic horror novel.
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  • THE assassination of Pim Fortuyn in the Netherlands in early May, 2002, sent a kind of shiver through Europe, and yet his avowed wish to halt immigration and his criticism of Muslims was seen by some as racism. Lively Internet discussions stopped just short of flame wars. People thronged Dutch
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  • IN THE March 2013 issue of The Pink Humanist I reviewed Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age, a new biography of Alan Turing by Jack Copeland. I mentioned three existing biographies – Alan M. Turing (1959) by Alan's mother Sara Turing, the epic Alan Turing: the Enigma (1983) by Andrew
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  • TERRY Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, has a new book out entitled The Adventures of a Happy Homosexual: Memoirs of an Unlikely Activist. In this funny, warm and touching book Sanderson reveals how he – the most unwilling and unlikely of activists – honed his skills as a
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  • NOVEMBER 18, 2015, saw the Tasmanian parliament vote overwhelmingly for marriage equality, and in doing so it sent a strong message to federal MPs in Australia to support the reform throughout the country. A Greens motion for equality was passed 15 votes to 9 with the support of Liberal Premier
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The Pink Humanist is a 16-page quarterly magazine launched by the PINK TRIANGLE TRUST in 2011 and edited by veteran gay journalist and photographer, Barry Duke, who lives in Benidorm on Spain's Costa Blanca.

The Pink Triangle Trust was established as a UK registered charity in 1992 – and is the only charity of its kind in the UK.

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Amsterdam's Chief Rabbi sacked

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.

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.

 

That part of his signature has now been removed.

 

Ralbag will remain suspended until he and community leaders have spoken about the issue.

The declaration, signed by 162 rabbis and mental health practitioners last year, states that "homosexuality is not an acceptable lifestyle” and that “behaviours are changeable”.

 

A press release by the community’s board, NIHS, said:

 

Rabbi Ralbag’s signature may give the impression the Orthodox Jewish community of Amsterdam shares his view. This is absolutely untrue. Homosexuals are welcome at the Amsterdam Jewish community.

 

The Dutch Israel information centre CIDI has also called on Ralbag to stand down from his Amsterdam position.

 

Meanwhile, it was reported here that Dutch medical organisations and health insurers are unhappy over having to pay for “gay-cure” therapies.

 

The treatment is offered by the orthodox Christian organisation Different, a recognised provider of therapies in mental health care. Because it is officially recognised, health insurers cannot refuse to pay for the treatment.

 

However, doctors and insurers say the treatment is damaging and even dangerous, and want the health inspectorate to look into the matter.


Hat tip: Marco & Remigius


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