The Somali atheist activists who get death threats
Jun 4, 2020

By Layla Mahmood “I am going to kill you. I am going to find you. I am going to cut your head off,” was one of the threats that Ayaanle, a Canada-based Somali atheist, received. “[But] that’s kind of normal,” the founder of the True Somali Freedom Page (TSFP) says sardonically as he talks about …

A Black Republican on the Cincinnati City Council Just Came Out as an Atheist
May 29, 2020

By Hemant Mehta I swear that headline is accurate. In November of 2017, Jeff Pastor was elected to the Cincinnati City Council in Ohio. There were nine seats up for grabs and 24 candidates. Pastor edged past the finish line and won the final seat. His campaign biography is interesting enough, but it’s a Medium post from last week that’s getting attention now. …

Atheist “A” Logo Found Near Graffiti at Site of Burned Down Mississippi Church
May 22, 2020

By Hemant Mehta We posted yesterday about how the First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi had burned to the ground shortly after the church sued the city over its stay-at-home orders, which were stricter than those for the state as a whole. (That lawsuit was prompted by police going into the church during a Bible study …

‘Like a robot’: Indonesia’s nonbelievers struggle to blend in during Ramadan
May 20, 2020

By Ramadani Saputra The presence of agnostics and atheists is not often felt in conservative Indonesia, where society largely defines itself along religious lines. Widespread belief in traditional family values stokes fear in nonbelievers that they will be rejected by close relatives for their perspectives and often prevents them from speaking their minds. As Muslims …

Yes, It Can Be Hard to Be an Atheist in America; Now We Have the Data
May 13, 2020

By Chrissy Stroop Are the nonreligious a marginalized group in America? When I brought this question up to a friend who lives in New York the other day, he was skeptical. Practically everyone he knows is an atheist, he says, as if this were the most natural thing in the world. As someone who grew …

Utah is the second most biased state against nonreligious residents, survey says
May 6, 2020

By Peggy Fletcher Stack It may come as no surprise that Utah respondents to a newly released survey by the American Atheists deemed their state the most religious in the country. It was, after all, settled in the 19th century as a religious haven for Mormons fleeing persecution in the Midwest and remains the headquarters …

Democrats Cite Pandemic Response “Irrationality” in “Day of Reason” Resolution
May 5, 2020

By Hemant Mehta Beginning in 2015, Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) introduced a formal resolution in support of the National Day of Reason. His defeat in 2016, despite coming at the hands of another Democrat, put future versions of that legislation in peril. But fellow Californian Rep. Ted Lieu picked up where Honda left off, introducing similar legislation in 2017. In 2018. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), now the only …

Survey: Nonbelievers, Especially LGBTQ Nonbelievers, Face Significant Discrimination and Stima
May 5, 2020

By John Riley A newly published survey of Americans who identify as nonreligious finds that more than half say they’ve experienced negativity — including, at times, a lack of support — from family members, and, as a result, are more likely to experience depression or feelings of loneliness. Specifically, of those who experienced familial rejection …

Turkish students increasingly resisting religion, study suggests
May 1, 2020

By Bethan McKernan Twenty-two-year old Esra, from Mersin, is even more bored than usual this Ramadan. Universities are shut and Turkey has taken the unusual step of placing under-20s, as well as over-65s, under a curfew, because many Turkish families live in intergenerational households. As a result, Esra can’t see any of her friends. And a few …

Nigerian Police Arrest Humanist Leader Mubarak Bala for Alleged “Blasphemy”
Apr 29, 2020

By Hemant Mehta Earlier today, Nigerian police arrested Mubarak Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, for “blasphemy” after he allegedly posted criticism of Islam on his Facebook page. This is the same Bala who was placed in a mental hospital in 2014 for the “crime” of being an atheist. He was later released, but that didn’t stop …

Nonedecision 2020: 5 Reasons Secular Americans are Poised to become Major Force in US Politics
Apr 28, 2020

By Juhem Navarro-Rivera One of the demographic aspects of the nones (Americans who answer “atheist,” “agnostic,” or “nothing in particular” when asked their religious affiliation) that’s been well covered in the media is how the group’s growth is fueled by young people, particularly those under the age of thirty. What’s not necessarily known is how …

Appeals Court: Atheist’s Lawsuit Against Qur’an-Burning Fire Station Can Proceed
Apr 24, 2020

By Hemant Mehta In 2016, atheist Jeffrey Queen filed an unbelievable lawsuit against the city of Bowling Green (Kentucky) based on what he witnessed while working for the fire department. The lawsuit only came after his complaints were ignored, some by Deputy Chief Dustin Rockrohr (also named in the lawsuit), and after he was formally discharged. Here’s a list of most of …