Coming Out as Atheist: Peter Tatchell, Grayson Perry

Peter Tatchell who describes himself as a “campaigner for queer human rights” said in an interview with the Sunday Times last week: “To paraphrase my Christian upbringing, my own conscience won't allow me to walk by on the other side of the street. I ditched my faith a long time ago, but I think we've all got a duty to be good Samaritans towards other human beings who are suffering. I grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where my parents still live. They are Christians, erring towards fundamentalism, which has always made me rebel against any kind of dogma or orthodoxy. Although deep down they believe that, according to the Bible, homosexuality is wrong, they also oppose discrimination against gay people.”

The artist Grayson Perry was on Radio 4’s Start the Week on Monday, where Robert Winston was promoting his new Story of God programme. Mr Perry said he was anxious to promote “fundamentalist atheism”.