Topic / Atheism

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 […]

Warning: godlessness and ruin faces NZ under its new PM

No mention was made of God, and there wasn’t a Bible in sight when Jacinda Ardern, a former Mormon, this week became New Zealand’s 40th Prime Minister. Her strictly secular inauguration will no doubt add to the concerns of people like Christopher Eames, who writes for a “prophetic” news magazine called the Trumpet, which: Seeks […]

Florida pastor vows to destroy planned Satanic holiday display

Pastor Mark Boykin, above, senior pastor at the Church of All Nations in Boca Raton, has a sledgehammer. And he told media this week that he plans to use it to knock down a display due to be set up in a local park to honour Satan. Boykin said in this report: In essence they’re […]

Help feed orphans and promote secular humanism in Uganda

The Brighter Brains Institute, a California-based non-profit secular humanist organisation, has launched a funding campaign to establish a tilapia fish pond in Kanungu in Uganda, near the Congo border. Tilapia is a native African fish that is easily farmed and reproduces quickly, and the plan is to cultivate the fish to provide both food and financial […]

Seeking publicity in the name of absurd religious sentiments

Gaurav Tyagi, a new contributor to the Freethinker, reflects on the recent row over an Australian advertisement for meat. India has lodged a diplomatic protest with Australia over the ad. The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) in India also raised objections to it and sought a boycott of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and a ban […]

Nigerian Humanist Leo Igwe gets top award from IHEU

Nigerian human rights campaigner Leo Igwe, above, has received the 2017 Distinguished Services to Humanism Award from the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). He received the award on Sunday from IHEU President Andrew Copson at IHEU’s 2017 General Assembly in London. In this piece published by Modern Ghana, Igwe wrote: I dedicate this award […]

Atheists’ gathering incurs the anger of authorities in Malaysia

Just days after the picture above was posted on the Atheist Republic Facebook page, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister in charge of religious affairs said he he had instructed the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department to investigate the local Atheist Republic chapter to see if any Muslims were involve According to this International Humanist and Ethical Union report, […]

British actor’s God blunder highlights Star Trek’s atheism

In the new Star Trek: Discovery TV series Captain Gabriel Lorca, played by Jason Isaacs,  strides across the Starship Discovery bridge in the midst of a battle against the Klingons, and says ‘fire at something, for God’s sakes! According to Entertainment, the director abruptly halts the action and Isaacs, of Harry Potter fame, steps off […]