Governments turn up the heat on atheists: report

GENEVA (Reuters) – Amid a global decline in religious belief, some governments are stepping up efforts to portray atheists and secularists as a danger to society and even as terrorists, according to a report issued on Wednesday.

The study, by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), pointed to “hate campaigns” launched by public figures against those who renounce the dominant or state religion in Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Egypt.

It said “the overwhelming majority of countries fail to respect the rights of atheists and freethinkers” as set out in U.N. treaties, adding that 13 states, all of them Muslim, had made apostasy or blasphemy against religion a capital offence…

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  • Alain

    Oh my would telling the truth really be that difficult for these people? The truth is Muslim countries not only do not respect the rights of any non Muslim, not just atheists, but have the habit of killing them.

  • ellake

    In some countries – like Russia, where
    communist ideology has been replaced by Orthodox Christianity which
    dominated before the 1917 Bolshevik revolution – any public expression
    of atheist views can be equated with blasphemy and criminalized.

    It is true that in Russia Orthodox Church is supported by the government but there are many atheists and communists and they can freely state their views. So that statement is rather misleading.

  • dingo ate my baby

    HEY! HEEEEY! OVER HERE! IM AN ATHEIST COME GET ME!

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Its amazing, isn’t it? Any sort of measure anyone comes up with, Muslim countries are crappy places.
    http://davidinnorthburnablog.blogspot.ca/2009/02/churchill-on-religion-of-peace.html

  • Allan L

    Are these the same atheists that want to wipe out every Nativity scene from public squares? Are these the same one who want to wipe out prayer before a high school football game? You know what? Go fuck yourselves.

  • Sir Barrington Minge

    Here we go again. Well, I’m an athiest, but I don’t think I am a threat to anyone. Whilst I choose not to believe in a god or any religion, I do try to respect the beliefs of others as long as they are peaceful and don’t try to convert me to their way of thinking.

    • Frau Katze

      Atheists are a special threat to Muzz fanatics, because there zero chance to convert them.