Topic / Atheism

My quest for truth began with Bible Stories for Children

This piece first appeared under the title ‘Why I am an Atheist’ in American Atheist Magazine, and is reproduced with permission. It’s one of the few childhood memories I have that isn’t about Star Wars or Spider-Man.  I’m seven, and my mother is bringing me a large hardback book called Bible Stories for Children.  It […]

Egypt to ban atheism, believing it endangers mental health

In 2014, little more than a week after Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in as Egypt’s President, the government announced that it was preparing a national plan to prevent the spread atheism, particularly among the Muslim country’s youth. A few months later Al-Shabab, a government-linked newspaper, stated that atheists were “the country’s second enemy after the Muslim […]

Mystery surrounds deaths of atheist billionaire and his wife

Almost 10,000 people – including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – today attended the funeral of Barry and Honey Sherman who were found dead of ligature neck compression at their luxury home in Toronto on December 15. The deaths left Canadians deeply shocked, not least because police have so far not indicated that billionaire Barry […]

The BBC’s top radio man, James Purnell, is an atheist

And for some this is a huge problem because religious programming forms part of his job of Radio and Education Director, and they are calling for his resignation. Purnell, who was appointed to the job in 2016, is reportedly now at the centre of a row after he told listeners to Radio 4’s Today programme […]

Why are bears appearing on a school’s Facebook page?

Because Stanton Elementary School in Powell County, Kentucky, is apparently teaching kids that atheists will be eaten by bears. Pranksters targeted the school’s Facebook page this week after it was reported that one of its pupils, ten-year-old Devin Estes, was being bullied because he decided to pull out of a daily Christian programme called the […]

Pastor: ‘atheist billboard is slap in the face to people of faith’

Richard Mansfield, a senior pastor at the New Beginnings Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is not amused by a billboard which has just appeared on his patch. He is quoted here as saying: I think they’re trying to give a slap in the face to not only the Christian community but people that have faith […]

Atheism in Malaysia must be crushed, says deputy PM

Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, above, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister, has proposed that any ideology deemed to be a threat to the ‘sanctity of Islam’ should be made illegal. According to this report, Dusuki, who is also Deputy Minister in charge of Religious Affairs, warned that atheism is “unconstitutional”. He was responding to a question posed […]

Egypt ‘unfortunately’ has 866 atheists says TV presenter

It’s anyone guess as to how Rania Mahmoud Yassin, above arrived at this figure, but she did insist in a November 3 broadcast on Al -Assema TV  that atheism was spreading ‘like wildfire’. According to MEMRI TV, Yassin opened the discussion with the words: Atheism is not a new phenomenon, but unfortunately, it exists in […]

US bus company’s rejection of an atheist ad sparks a lawsuit

Residents of Scranton, Pennsylvania, are a godly bunch. So devout, in fact, that a local bus company rejected the ad pictured above because it feared the word ‘atheists’ it might spark violence. The rejection of the ad by the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) occurred in 2015, and shortly after the American Civil Liberties Union […]

Satanic Temple sign ruffles feathers in a small Texas town

In July this year, the town of Three Rivers (population 1,900) voted to reinstate corporal punishment in its schools – a move that prompted the Satanic Temple to erect a billboard stating its opposition to hitting kids. This upset Lyn Means, pastor of the local First Baptist Church: I’m very sorry that the billboard has […]