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Did Religious Extremism Drive 2 Million Egyptian Youth to Unbelief?

Egyptian journalist Hilmy al-Namnam said last fall that some researchers had concluded that there were 2 million Egyptian atheists.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Atheist Told by Immigration Office to Join Church or Be Denied Citizenship

Because Margaret Doughty, 65, objected to the pledge to bear arms in defense of the U.S. on her application—she explained that she’s morally opposed to war and killing—she must be granted an exception as a conscientious objector. And in order to do that, the immigration office in Houston says the atheist must show proof by Friday that she belongs to a church that holds such views.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Syrian Rebels Allegedly Kill ‘Atheist’ Boy

A 15-year-old coffee seller was reportedly executed by gunshot to the head by Islamist rebels in Syria as an act of punishment and example-making for seeming to express disbelief in the Muslim god.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Public Atheist Monument Set to Be Erected Near Florida Courthouse

Florida members of national advocacy group American Atheists are planning at the end of the month to unveil a large public monument outside the Bradford County Courthouse in Starke, across from a controversial display of the Ten Commandments.

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 READ MORE



The Internet Turf War

At the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai, governments are trying to get their hands and handcuffs on the Internet; some scientists have posited that homosexuals inherit the trait from their opposite-sex parent; meanwhile, Italy’s disgraced Silvio Berlusconi prepares to run again. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Atheists Face Discrimination, Persecution Around the World

According to the study, “ ‘unbelievers’ in Islamic countries face the most severe—sometimes brutal—treatment at the hands of the state and adherents of the official religion.”

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Judge Sides With Atheists, Rules City Can Ban Nativity Scenes

A federal judge Monday ruled that Santa Monica, Calif., may ban seasonal displays in parks and other public places, including the prominent Nativity scenes that are put up every holiday season in the city’s Palisades Park.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



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6 Common Myths About Atheism

If you want to piss off an atheist, tell him or her that atheism is a religion just like any other. Michael Nugent, chairman of Atheist Ireland, attempts to clear the record on what many of those who “willfully unbelieve” really believe about faith, certainty and morality.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE


Indonesian Atheist Sentenced to Two and a Half Years in Prison

An Indonesian civil servant was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on charges of blaspheming and violating Indonesian Internet laws when he professed his atheism on Facebook.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE



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46% of Americans Cling to Creationism

A Gallup poll last month revealed that almost half of Americans are anti-empiricists—that is, they trust ancient descriptions of the world they live in over scientific explanations developed through a direct experience of it.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE


Hedges on Hitchens

Though he gives credit to Christopher Hitchens’ exceptional talent, Chris Hedges remembers the newly departed writer differently from the way others might in this clip from CBC Radio. In an unflinching appraisal, Hedges recalls what Hitchens got wrong about religion, his biggest intellectual failing and what it was like to engage him in a debate.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Fundamentalism Kills

I worry more about the Anders Breiviks than the Mohammed Attas.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Dying’ Hitchens Talks Mortality, Religion

In this frank discussion with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and with Martin Amis, an ailing Christopher Hitchens stares down his own mortality and makes it clear that if he appears to embrace religion at any point ... (continued)

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Shopping the Spiritual Mall

Just below the text there was a Google ad inviting me to take a quiz. “Christian? Jewish? Muslim? Atheist? See which Religion is Right for You.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Defends Religion Remarks

In an interview with a Christian Broadcasting Network blog, Barack Obama stood by his assessment that conservative Christian leaders have “hijacked” religion. The candidate went even further, declaring that America is not exclusively a Christian nation.

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE


Harris and Hedges

Religion, Politics and the End of the World

For readers who weren’t able to attend the Truthdig debate between Sam Harris and Chris Hedges, we now have full coverage. So sit back, relax and enjoy the fireworks.

Posted on Jun 17, 2007 READ MORE


Hitchens Bros. Clash Over Belief

Writer Christopher Hitchens is drawing widespread attention with his latest provocative oeuvre, “God Is Not Great:  How Religion Poisons Everything.” But one person close to him questions the integrity of his atheist stance:  brother Peter Hitchens, who told the British paper The Independent (irking Christopher in the process) that he wonders if Christopher protests too much about his lack of belief.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE


Hedges Debates Hitchens

Those Truthdig readers who are following the Chris Hedges vs. Sam Harris exchanges on our site may be interested to read that Hedges subsequently faced off with atheist author and provocateur Christopher Hitchens for a debate in Berkeley about religion and politics. Also, check out this funny and insightful interview with Hitchens.

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Sam Harris Strikes Back

The following is Sam Harris’ response to Chris Hedges’ essay, “I Don’t Believe in Atheists.” Last week the two Truthdig contributors battled one another over the issues of religion and politics during a live debate in Los Angeles. While they both agree on the dangers posed by religious fundamentalism in America, their views on religion in general differ greatly, as you will soon read.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges: I Don’t Believe in Atheists

On Tuesday night, Chris Hedges and Sam Harris debated “Religion, Politics and the End of the World.” The following is Hedges’ opening statement, in which he argues that Harris and other critics of faith have mistakenly blamed religion for the ills of the world, when the true danger lies in the human heart and its capacity for evil.

Posted on May 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Stephen Colbert Confronts the ‘New Atheism’

How do you spot an atheist?  According to Stephen Colbert, one sure-fire sign of the godless naysayer comes in the telling form of a New Yorker subscription.  “The Colbert Report’s” pseudo-pundit has some strong advice for how New Atheists might run their own anti-religion.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


On Atheists and Easter

Easter is as good a time as any to delve into the issues raised by faith and reason. In this essay, E.J. Dionne challenges the arguments of “neo-atheism.” For an alternative point of view, read “An Atheist Manifesto” by Sam Harris.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan

Finally! Sam Harris vs. Andrew Sullivan

Ladies and gentleman, the main event: The nation’s most prominent atheist dukes it out with one of America’s most eloquent defenders of faith. Check out the opening salvos in their “blogalogue” at Beliefnet or AndrewSullivan.com.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Why Are Atheists So Angry?

Check out this great debate on Jewcy.com between Truthdig contributor Sam Harris and nationally syndicated radio host Dennis Prager, in which the two men square off via e-mail on questions of atheism and faith in America.

Posted on Nov 29, 2006 READ MORE


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The Rising Stars of Atheism

This month’s Wired explores the reinvigorated atheism movement and the three men behind it, including Truthdig contributor Sam Harris.

Posted on Nov 20, 2006 READ MORE


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The Science of Atheism

Biologist Richard Dawkins, author of “The God Delusion,” debates Stephen Colbert on the irrationality of religion, the misrepresentation of evolution and the idiocy of intelligent design.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Sam Harris, Disbeliever

The frequent Truthdig contributor and interviewee tells Salon.com that Martin Luther King Jr. performed his admirable works in spite of his religious beliefs, not because of them. (Link - reg req’d)

Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


Hold the Religious Accountable for Their Beliefs

A prominent Slovenian-born atheist, surveying the violence done in the name of Islam, argues in the N.Y. Times that we should submit Islam, along with all other religions, to a “respectful, but for that reason no less ruthless, critical analysis. This, and only this, is the way to show a true respect for Muslims: to treat them as serious adults responsible for their beliefs.”

Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE


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Sam Harris Takes On the Muslim Cartoon Controversy and His Critics

UPDATED: America’s most prominent secularist and author of the international bestseller “The End of Faith” reacts to the worldwide Islamic cartoon riots and responds to many of the criticisms lodged against his Truthdig essay “An Atheist Manifesto.”

Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


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An Atheist Manifesto

Sam Harris argues against irrational faith and its adherents.

Posted on Dec 7, 2005 READ MORE


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