Hi, my name is Barry Duke, an award-winning journalist and LGBT rights campaigner. After 24 years as editor of the Freethinker journal—set up as an aggressive atheist publication by George William Foote—I was summarily sacked when it became "woke" in January 2022, adopting a more politically-correct stance.
In so doing it trashed most of Foote's founding principles, key among them was: "The Freethinker is an anti-Christian organ, and must therefore be chiefly aggressive. It will wage relentless war against Superstition in general, and against Christian Superstition in particular".
Consequently, I face losing more than half my income in a few months and my home later in 2023.
I had thousands of followers on the Freethinker blog and Twitter and I have posted a whistleblower's piece—that demonstrates that the action of the Freethinker board was an unconscionable act of bad faith that badly impaired my mental and physical health.
It is for this reason I am appealing to those who support freethought and atheism to help me keep afloat in future years. Your help is essential in these difficult times.
Update: I have now launched another site, The Angry Atheist and from now on donations received will be used to fund the site. The first item I posted was an account of my sacking.