The Honor Roll of Freethinkers and
Defenders of Human Rights
by Lorna Salzman
This is a partial list of mostly alive and mostly real people: writers, philosophers, ethicists, historians, activists, gadflies, and publications. They comprise an Honor Roll of those who have spoken out for human rights, free inquiry, freedom of expression, science, secularism, equality, reason, and against the forces that threaten all of these today:Islamism and all fundamentalist religions.
They cover the political spectrum, from the independent left to the center, and, some might think, the right. But their work and their shared beliefs transcend these relatively unimportant divisions. Anyone wanting an accurate history and depiction of today's leading political and social struggle - against Islamism and the enslavement of women in the Arab and Muslim world - needs to consult their writings and statements.
I include the appropriately offensive Sacha Baron Cohen, the leading adversary of Political Correctness, misguided multiculturalism, and cultural hype, and his (late) comrade in arms, the murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who gave his life in the cause of freedom of expression, as well as the quite alive filmmaker Geert Wilders, whose film Fitna (Submission) should be seen by all as the firsthand witness and entirely accurate testimony to the brutality of Islam.
Apologies to those inadvertently left out.
Nick Cohen (The Guardian)
Fred Halliday (UK)
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Sacha Baron Cohen
International Free Press Society
George Orwell (post.)
Theo van Gogh (post.)
Center for Inquiry/Free Inquiry
Freedom from Religion Foundation
First of the Month
In memoriam: National Lampoon