Topic / Atheism

Spanish couples are rejecting Catholic Church weddings

Church weddings have hit an all time low in Spain. Only 22.2 percent of 68,560 couples tied the knot in Spain’s dwindling number of Catholic Churches in the first half of 2016. According to The Olive Press, this is a huge fall from the same period in the year 2000, when 75 percent had a […]

Warren Allen Smith, author of ‘Who’s Who in Hell’, has died

I was sad to learn today that Warren Allen Smith, a veteran US gay rights activist best known for his creation of a 1,237-page tome, Who’s Who in Hell: A Handbook and International Directory for Humanists, Freethinkers, Naturalists, Rationalists and Non-Theists, died peacefully at the age of 95. I have been in regular touch with […]

Should ex-atheist Zuckerberg now embrace Catholicism?

Christians have been crowing ever since Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg told the world on Christmas day that he was no longer an atheist and ‘I now believe religion is very important’. Kathy Schiffer, of The National Catholic Register claimed that Zuckerberg has “embarked on a journey toward God” and immediately took an opportunity to nudge him […]

Law that protects non-believers signed by Barack Obama

President Obama has been warmly commended by the American Humanist Association for signing the Frank R Wolf International Religious Freedom Act into law. In a statement, Roy Speckhardt, above, Executive Director of the AHA, said: The American Humanist Association is proud to see this historic legislation signed into law and looks forward to working with […]

Christians crow over death of atheist activist Rob Sherman

In Illinois at the weekend, a light plane crashed. It took several days for the authorities to confirm that the pilot who died was a prominent atheist activist, Rob Sherman, above. Christians were quick celebrate his death. Here’s two of many examples: I believe he got what he deserved … he was nothing but a […]

In the US, far fewer hotel companies are offering Bibles

A recent survey by STR, a hospitality analytics company, found that the percentage of American hotels that offer religious materials in rooms has dropped significantly over the last decade, from 95 percent in 2006 to 48 percent this year. One company that has decided not to accommodate Bibles at at two of its newest millennial-oriented […]

Woman gets death threats for not wearing headscarf

A Saudi woman who ventured out in Riyadh with her head uncovered sparked a flurry of death threats this week when she tweeted a picture of her defiant act. According to this report, death threats were made against Malak Al Shehri, above, by outraged Muslims after her photo went viral. “Kill her and throw her […]

Atheists in Kenya denied access to a children’s home

Atheists in Kenya (AIK), led by Harrison Mumia, above, has suffered another setback. After receiving official recognition, the group was left in limbo earlier this year when the Attorney General ordered the reversal of its registration because of pressure put on the government by religious zealots. Now, according to this report, members have been banned from […]

Crackpot crew threatens those who dare to ‘censor’ Christmas

America’s Liberty Counsel has identified a number of US companies who are the ‘enemies’ of Christmas, and last week it announced a fresh campaign to name and shame – and even SUE – those who attempt to take the Christian element out of the pagan festival. According to the dotty Christian Council, headed by a […]

BBC considers expanding its religious broadcasting output

Religious leaders in the UK have been invited by the BBC’s Director-General Lord Hall, above, to ‘join discussions about plans for multi-faith coverage’. The move, according to this report, follows a review earlier this year that found that the BBC’s religious output was “too Christian”. The Times reported that an increase in broadcasting for minority […]