Topic / Atheism

US radio station slammed for cancelling Dawkins event

A radio station in Berkeley, California, has pulled the plug on a talk scheduled to be given by Professor Richard Dawkins in August, much to the fury of free speech advocates. KPFA, organisers of the talk, said it had cancelled the event because of Dawkins’ “abusive” comments about Islam. A statement from KPFA said: We […]

Poles apart: religion and the real world

When I was growing up in a religious Polish family I found myself really close to the church. I spend years helping with all all the ceremonies, and watching people who were attending them. I could not speak against the religion as this would have been unacceptable, but what I could do was simply observe […]

Oz’s godlessness blamed on aggressive atheists & ‘queers’

It was widely reported last week that the number of atheists in Australia had increased by an amazing 45 percent in just five years. Jennifer Oriel, above, a columnist for The Australian, was appalled by the rise, which took place between the Australian census of 2011 and the one in 2016. Australia was created as […]

N Ireland couple challenge law over humanist weddings

Model Laura Lacole, 27,  and footballer Eunan O’Kane, 26, above – both humanists – have mounted  a court challenge to have their upcoming wedding recognised as legal without having a separate religious or civil ceremony. According to the Guardian, Lacole is marrying the Leeds United and Republic of Ireland midfielder O’Kane in Northern Ireland next […]

The Trump Effect: religious fervour engulfs armed forces

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), headed by Michael ‘Mikey’ Weinstein, above, is alleging that Donald Trump’s presidency has led to such a steep rise in fundamentalist Christian evangelising and religious bigotry in the US armed forces that the matter is reaching the level of a ‘national security threat’. According to this Newsweek report, the […]

Atheist uses truck to highlight the sheer nastiness of the Bible

America probably has more vehicles than any other country in the world plastered with words exhorting folk to embrace Christianity or face eternal hellfire. But Virginian Tom Hicks believes the same tactic can effectively be used to emphasise the hateful contents of the Bible, as the picture above shows. Hicks, from Chesterfield said he painted […]

Why is Facebook silencing atheist and ex-Muslim voices?

The answer, according to Muhammad Syed, above, President of the Ex-Muslims of North America, is that Islamic fundamentalists are systematically attacking Facebook pages they do not like. Syed, according to this report, took to Twitter earlier this week to report that the Facebook pages of Ex-Muslims of North America and Atheist Republic were restricted and then […]

Ireland made to look stupid over blasphemy complaint

News that actor, writer and comedian Stephen Fry is being investigated for possibly breaching Ireland’s blasphemy law, went viral at the weekend and has attracted condemnation from many quarters. Professor David Nash, above, an international expert on the history and contemporary status of blasphemy laws throughout Europe and beyond, told Atheist Ireland: This incident really […]

Lay preacher: ‘NZ schools must stop favouring Christianity’

New Zealand’s Secular Education Network has filed a case with the Human Rights Review Tribunal over the teaching of Christianity in state schools. SEN’s spokesman, David Hines – third from right, above – believes all religions should be taught in an academic way and that Christianity should not be given preferential treatment. The retired journalist […]

Texas Mayor Ivy R Taylor needs to learn more about atheism

Earlier this month, the Mayor of San Antonio sparked outrage when she linked systemic poverty to a lack of a ‘relationship with [a] creator’, adding that those without such a relationship did not have good relationships with their families and communities and were ‘not being productive members of society’. Taylor immediately responded to widespread criticism […]