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"Eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God's infinite love" - Bill Hicks

"I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And that's what we need to do — to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God's standards so it [sic] lines up with some contemporary view.
- Mike Huckabee (1/15/2008)

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Watch this monologue written and voiced by Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist. It's for those who have come out as atheists to family and friends and have struggled with backlash for it.

There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world.
Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.


The logic of too many Christians in the age of Trump

In the news:
** The White House faith office met with leaders of several atheist groups **
Norma McCorvey (a.k.a. “Roe”): Christians Paid Me To Say I’m Anti-Abortion
Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z
Here Are the 10 Scariest States to Be An Atheist
Saudi Arabia will execute 'atheist for insulting the prophet'
Mother Teresa, Sadistic Religious Fanatic, Made A Saint
Shattering the Myth of Mother Teresa
“I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people.” - Mother Teresa

Religious delusions are destroying us: “Nothing more than man-made contrivances of domination and submission”
I am the Fox News atheist: “Some call me a militant atheist. Others call me a dick. I am neither”
Saudi priest who beat his daughter to death has been released
A Defense of Donated Fetal Tissue in Scientific Research
New England Journal Of Medicine Exposes Truths About Planned Parenthood & The GOP
Islamic apologist Reza Aslan has vastly exaggerated his credentials
46 Celebrities You won’t Believe are Atheists
52 Holidays for Atheists, Agnostics, Freethinkers, and Fun-Lovers

"Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today. I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. 'Respect for religion' has become a code phrase meaning 'fear of religion.' Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect."
- Salman Rushdie

Not everybody agrees, such as that kindly fellow the pope:
"There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others. They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to [someone] if he says a curse word against my mother. There is a limit."

See what "The Way of the Mister" says about this.

On Salon: Pope Francis’ new clothes: Why his progressive image is white smoke and mirrors

Video: Fuck The Pope, Part Deux

See what "The Way of the Mister" says about Religous Freedom & Marriage after the SCOTUS ruling

Islam is a Religion of Peace

There are seven countries in which you can be executed for being an atheist (Afghanistan, Iran, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan). In all seven countries, Islam is the state religion.

We Need to Talk About Islam’s Jihadism Problem, by Maajid Nawaz & Sam Harris
Saudi blogger sentenced to flogging with 1000 lashes, 10 years in prison

EU lawmakers demand release of Saudi blogger condemned to flogging
10/27/15 BREAKING: Flogging of Raif Badawi to resume
Saudi Arabia Calls on World to Ban Criticism of Religion
Saudi Arabia rejects rights criticism after flogging of blogger
Saudi supreme court upholds jail, lashes for blogger
Some of the latest news about Raif Badawi

Iranian Activist Sentenced to 12.5 Years in Prison for Facebook Posts

Islamic Radicals reportedly linked to al-Qaeda (the same violent extremists who claimed responsibility for the recent murders of freethought writers Niladri Chatterjee (alias Niloy), Avijit Roy, Washiqur Rahman, and Ananta Bijoy Das) have been threatening the lives of a number of secular activists in the Indian region, including Taslima Nasrin. Your generous support helped her to escape to safety, but others are still in danger.


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We’re putting an end to religion: The exploding new American secularism
Ten Reasons Why Christianity Makes No Sense
How to Persuade a Christian to Become Atheist
The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin
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Why More Millennials Are Atheists
Richard Dawkins interviewed, on the arrogance of religious believers
Richard Dawkins: Darwin and the case for 'militant atheism'
Sam Harris on Real Time with Bill Maher There is no god, and Sam Harris is his prophet.
New Study Links Religion to Immoral Behavior
Secular Coalition for America - Religious tests in politics

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The Way of the Mister:

Fuck The Pope!
Fuck The Pope, Part Deux
Religous Freedom & Marriage after the SCOTUS ruling
Atheist Fundamentalist
Stephen Colbert and Steve Carrel: Islam vs Christianity - Which is right?
Atheist Video Pulled by YouTube
Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian

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In the news:
A Defense of Donated Fetal Tissue in Scientific Research

29% of Americans say religion ‘out of date’

The Angry Evolutionist by Richard Dawkins

Atheists in office: Déjà vu all over again by Herb Silverman

New Study Links Religion to Immoral Behavior

Is Belief in God Hurting America? Prosperity is highest in societies where religion is practiced least

New study of the brain shows that facts and beliefs are processed in exactly the same way

Is This Your Brain On God?

Man vs. God: Richard Dawkins vs. Karen Armstrong

CFI Profiles of the Godless: Results from a Survey of the Nonreligious

Interview with Richard Carrier: The Future of Christianity and Religion

Catholic League president: Atheists ‘out there to get us’

Ireland's new blasphemy law labeled return to Middle Ages

W. invaded Iraq to thwart Gog & Magog, biblical satanic agents of the Apocalypse

God and Science Don't Mix by Lawrence Krauss

Born believers: How your brain creates God

40 Million Nonbelievers in America by Ronald Aronson

Islamic Theologian: It's Likely the Prophet Muhammad Never Existed

“With respect to public acknowledgment of religious belief, it is entirely clear from our nation's historical practices that the Establishment Clause permits this disregard of polytheists and believers in unconcerned deities, just as it permits the disregard of devout atheists.”
- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 06/2005

“...ideological rejection of God and an atheism of indifference, oblivious to the Creator and at risk of becoming equally oblivious to human values, constitute some of the chief obstacles to development today. A humanism which excludes God is an inhuman humanism.”
- Pope Benedict XVI, in his encyclical "Caritas in Veritate" (Charity in Truth)

Pope Benedict XVI stated in May, 2007 that the Church had not imposed itself on the indigenous peoples of the Americas. He said that the natives had welcomed the arrival of European priests at the time of the conquest as they were "silently longing" for Christianity. [Right, and rape victims "silently long" for rape.]

“We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers.”
- President Barack Obama, in his Inaugural Address

“Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason. I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God's will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.”
- Sen. Barack Obama, 6/28/06

“The separation of church and state is critical and has caused our democracy and religious practices to thrive.”
- Sen. Barack Obama, Barack Obama on Faith

Christianity: The belief that a cosmic Jewish zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree. — unknown

"Imagine a world in which generations of human beings come to believe that certain films were made by God or that specific software was coded by him. Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars or Windows 98. Could anything — anything — be more ridiculous? And yet, this would be no more ridiculous than the world we are living in."
— Sam Harris, The End of Faith

"Religion is the process of unconscious wish fulfillment, where, for certain people, if the process did not take place it would put them in self-danger of coming to mental harm, being unable to cope with the idea of a godless, purposeless life."
— Sigmund Freud

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The Necessity of Atheism - Why not to believe
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Science and the First Amendment
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Why Join an Atheist Organization?

In a 1999 poll, 48% of Americans said they would not consider voting for an atheist. Some dictionaries offer an alternate definition of atheist as “wicked.” The Boy Scouts membership form says, “no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing his obligation to God.”

How are people supposed to know that atheists in fact do grow up to be the best kinds of American citizens every day — if we aren't visible? Atheists of Silicon Valley is reclaiming the A-word in our community by encouraging local atheists to come out of the closet and be open with friends, co-workers, neighbors and family. We're standing up and speaking out. 14% of Americans and 19% of Californians identify themselves as some kind of non-believer.  We may be a minority, but we're sizable and growing.  According to the American Religious Identification Survey, Americans who answered "none" when asked to identify their religion numbered 29.4 million in 2001, more than double the 14.3 million in 1990.

Don't be afraid of the A-word! If you're godless, concerned with the increasing god-talk in government and their schemes to funnel our tax dollars toward religious projects, or just need a safe place to sound-off and tell your religious jokes — then join us and experience how much you have in common with other atheists. We need your help. For the latest news, see our Events page.

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A recent Newsweek poll found that 26% of registered voters think that atheists are inherently immoral, only 29% would vote for an atheist, and only 3% called themselves atheists.

In 2016 69 percent of white evangelical Protestant voters favored Trump.

A recent Pew Forum poll found that 67% of Americans believe the false idea that America was founded as a Christian nation.

Five evangelical Christian leaders signed the "Land Letter" to George W Bush in 2002 affirming a Christian theological basis to invade Iraq.

87% of all white evangelical Christians in the U.S. supported former President George W Bush's decision to go to war.

"We Americans have faith in ourselves, but not in ourselves alone. We do not know, we do not claim to know, all the ways of Providence, yet we can trust in them, placing our confidence in the loving God, behind all of life and all of history. May he guide us now, and may God continue to bless the United States of America."
- President George W Bush, State of the Union Address, 01/28/03

80% of white evangelical Christian voters voted for George W Bush in 2004.

Read Wayward Christian Soldiers about how Christians backed the Iraq war

A recent Gallup poll shows that 68% of Republicans still don't believe in the biological fact of evolution.

A Washington Post poll found that 80% of Katrina’s survivors said that the event strengthened their faith in God.  (With a god like that, who needs Satan?)

44% of Americans believe that Jesus will return to Earth sometime in the next fifty years.

In the recent Gallup Millennium Survey of religious attitudes, 49% of Danes, 52% of Norwegians, and 55% of Swedes said God did not matter to them. 64% of Czechs regarded God as not mattering at all.  While 82% of Americans say God is very important to them, less than 20% of Europeans make such statements.  Source: Utne Reader, 2004

Religion in Spain is mostly becoming tradition.

A 2004 ICM poll found that 98% of Nigerians claimed always to have believed in God, while 90% of Indonesians said they would die for their God or religious beliefs.

A govt. study in Ireland found that 87% of the population believe in God.  19% said tragedies such as the Asian tsunami, which killed 300,000 people, bolstered their belief.

In Kuwait, doubting the existence of God or Islam is punishable by law.

58% of Americans believe that it is necessary to believe in God to be moral. By contrast, only 13% of Europeans agree.

A recent world-wide study shows that religion fosters bad behavior.

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