Topic / Atheism

Freethinker editor to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award

THE board of G W Foote and Company, publishers of the Freethinker, are delighted to learn that Barry Duke, above, who has edited the Freethinker for 20 years, is to receive a Lifetime’s Achievement Award from the National Secular Society as part of this year’s Secularist of the Year celebrations in March. Announcing the award, […]

Reality is preferable to ‘foolish’ religion, says NH Republican

Responding to an article lamenting the rise of secularism in New Hampshire,  State Representative Brandon Phinney, above, emphasised the positive aspects of the trend and said it was ‘rather foolish to hold onto archaic beliefs that deny reality’. Phinney, according to this report,  is the highest-ranking known openly atheist Republican politician in the country. The […]

Who’s the evil one? Peter Palumbo or Jessica Ahlquist?

In January of 2012, just days after atheist Jessica Ahlquist won her lawsuit to take down a religious mural from Cranston High School West, Rhode Island State Rep Peter Palumbo, above, went on the John DePetro radio show and called Jessica, inset, an ‘evil little thing’, quickly adding that even if she wasn’t evil, she […]

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 […]