Byline: Dan O'Neill
HIS name was George M Woodcock and I met him years ago in Manchester, attracted by the banners he carried proclaiming GOD IS A LIE, the cardboard notice stuck to his hat announcing ATHEISM IS THE TRUTH, and also by the fact that he could bellow his beliefs without ever dislodging the last half-inch of Woodbine glued to his lower lip.
George was 80 years old and, he proudly boasted, the only full-time atheist missionary in Britain.
He stood four days a week in the centre of Manchester, bringing the Message, banners flapping, fag smouldering, and he had local fundamentalists chewing their dog collars with fury.
These gents …