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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. He now administers the The Pink Triangle Trust site for the PTT, a UK-based charity,

In 2017 he was married to his partner of 22 years, Marcus Robinson, in Gibraltar. The couple live in Benidorm, Spain.

Luke bought 5 coffees.

Sending you coffee from Oz. We have a Pentecostal PM who tells us he cries on his knees for the poor and the refugees that he and his party have tortured to the point of suicide. They won the last election courtesy of Murdoch and friends. Here's hoping we follow the NZ lead next time. 

Thanks so much Luke. Yes I have been aware for some time of Scott Morrison's cock-eyed religiousity. A 2018 report said: "His ability to maintain an unflinching self-belief and sense of righteousness through the dramatic U-turns that have characterised his rise to power reflects a central paradox of Pentecostal dogma and practice. Pentecostalism is in fact the perfect faith for a conviction politician without convictions."

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Thank you for the very informative article, I am an agnostic born in Czechoslovakia (same age like you are), baptized as a Czech Brethren - thanks to the Communist regime, the churches were closed, the clergy working in coal and uranium mines. Thanks to my parents, we managed to get our in 1968,  5 days after the Warsaw pact "liberation". Lived in Switzerland, Germany, Australia and now in Canada

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john bought 5 coffees.

5 coffees for you mate... As a (godless heathen) resident of Dunedin it's quite nice to rate a mention... 

Wow John. Very generous of you. I'll put that cash into my vacation fund. And I'll put Dunedin at the top of my bucket list. I'm sure this ol' atheist will get a warm welcome there.

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