Topic / Atheism

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 […]

Apostates need support. Help rescue them from religion.

HumanistGlobal.org – the new website of the Brighter Brains Institute that launched the world’s first atheist orphanage in Uganda – is setting up an Apostate Support service. Humanist Global promotes humanism globally and performs charitable deeds that indicate “we don’t need gods to be good”. It is part of the Brighter Brains Institute, a California […]

Minnesota atheist finds ‘leave town’ warning on his vehicle

On his Facebook page Jeff, Carter, inset above, describes himself as a ‘Faithless Vagabond … Godless Heathen … Freethinker … realist …’ A resident of Crookston, Carter also let it be known to people in the town that he was an unbeliever – and yesterday (Saturday)  he woke up to discover that his pickup truck […]

Ireland’s latest census shows a steady decline in godliness

Reacting to Irish census figures that show a drop of just 3.4 percent of people claiming to be Catholic, Humanist Society of Ireland’s spokesperson Brian Whiteside, above, this week expressed his scepticism over the figure. In this report, Whiteside said: It seems odd that the number of Catholics has only declined by 3.4 percent. The […]

International Atheist of the Year ceremony held in Poland

At the weekend, the International Atheist Award was jointly handed in Warsaw to Michael Nugent, of Atheist Ireland and Fauzia Ilyas, founder of the Atheist & Agnostic Alliance Pakistan (AAAP) which is affiliated to the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB). They are pictured above with holding their awards. The ceremony, organised by the Kazimierz Lyszczynski Foundation, […]

‘If my son was killed for being an atheist, I’ll become one too’

Those words were reportedly spoken by R Hameed, the Muslim father of H Farook, 31, above, an atheist who was murdered in India ten days ago, allegedly by members of a Muslim radical group, Speaking to The Indian Express, 54-year-old Hameed said: If the police version is true, that he was murdered by a radical […]

US study shows that children fare better in secular families

For almost 40 years, Vern L Bengtson, above, a USC professor of gerontology and sociology, has overseen the Longitudinal Study of Generations, which has become the largest study of religion and family life conducted across several generations in the United States. According to Phil Zuckerman, writing for the LA Times, when Bengston noticed the growth […]

Humanists are starting to gain a foothold in the Philippines

The woman pictured giving science lessons to children in a poor part of Alabang close to the Philippines’ capital city of Manila is Jahziel Tayco Ferrer, an atheist who believes that far too many children in her country are being exposed to dangerous Christian propaganda. Determined to bring a humanist world view to youngsters, Ferrer […]