Author: Bob Forder

Charles Bradlaugh in parliament

Charles Bradlaugh’s legacy is well worth celebrating

Posted: Wed, 01 Sep 2021 by Bob Forder

Bob Forder reflects on the key achievements of the NSS's founder, ahead of the restoration of his grave. Read More »

Tags: History

Front page Christmas edition Freethinker 1882

There is nothing new about cartoons which mock religion

Posted: Thu, 08 Apr 2021 by Bob Forder

Religious leaders have long feared irreverent drawings that could challenge their authority. We should remember that amid the latest effort to prevent the use of Muhammad cartoons, says Bob Forder. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, History

Peterloo’s heroes represented the finest traditions of secular democracy

Peterloo’s heroes represented the finest traditions of secular democracy

Posted: Fri, 23 Nov 2018 by Bob Forder

The film Peterloo is a reminder of the close links between the campaign for church-state separation and the push for a truly democratic society in the 19th century and beyond, writes Bob Forder.

Mike Leigh's keenly anticipated, ambitious and long film, Peterloo... Read More »

Tags: Democracy, History, Secularism