Usually held on the third Monday of the month. Our events are educational, stimulating and fun. They provide opportunities to engage socially and in lively discussion with like minded, open-minded thinking people.
Details are also published on the East London Humanist Meetup site. Signing up to Meetup is free and easy and without any obligation or hassle. You will automatically received details of events when they are posted.
FREETHINKER. ZOOM EVENT.
LIVE FROM SPAIN. MON 25 JAN 2021. 19.30
Barry Duke is the speaker for our first virtual event of 2021.
Barry has had a fascinating and varied life journey. Born in apartheid South Africa, he came to the UK as a refugee in 1973 and now lives in Spain. He was for many years active in the anti-apartheid movement. In 1979 Barry helped to found the Gay Humanist Group (now LGBT Humanists) after Mary Whitehouse began a private prosecution for blasphemous libel against Gay News.
Since 1997 Barry has edited The Freethinker. Founded in 1881, The Freethinker continues to be a much-needed beacon for rational thought.
There will be time for questions and answers.
The meeting is free and open to all, but pre-registration on Meetup is required. The Zoom link will be sent to all those who have registered.
The main event will begin at 19.30. Access to the Zoom room will commence at 19.10 for a chance to socialise and will continue for further socialising when the meeting ends.
Above are two cartoons from the ‘Comic Bible Sketches’ featured in early editions of The Freethinker. Following the publication of such cartoons in the Christmas 1882 edition of The Freethinker, George William Foote, the editor, was prosecuted for blasphemy, and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour. On receiving his sentence from Mr Justice North (a devout Catholic), Foote said “with great deliberation” to the Judge “My Lord, I thank you; it is worthy of your creed”.
The April 2014 edition of The Freethinker contained an announcement that the May issue would be the last to appear in print. Publication has since then appeared online.
FUTURE MEETINGS FOR 2021
WATCH THIS SPACE!
Looking forward so much to resuming our public meetings! Our favourite venue: Wanstead library. Our favourite post-meeting retreat: The George Pub.