New Report Details Global Crackdown On Atheists and Secularists

200px-flag_of_the_united_nationssvgThe United Nations this week heard of rising abuse against atheists, agnostics, and secularists around the world. A report on this abuse, including executions, was given to a panel including Pakistan, Mauritania and Maldives which impose the death penalty on blasphemers. Turkey used the opportunity to call for the protection of “people of faith.”


We have previously discussed how even Western leaders have demonized secularists and atheists.

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) presented a report on how governments are imposing the death penalty on atheists in countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.

Here is the IHEU report: IHEU Freedom of Thought 2012

The report fell on deaf ears. Delegates instead are focusing on what they insist is the crime of criticizing Islam. The 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) demanded a new international blasphemy law — an effort that has been encouraged by the Obama Administration.

Atheists remain one of the most demonized groups in the world, including in this country. With whole countries advancing single religions, I fail to see the threat to people of faith as a priority at the United Nations. The priority is to call for the end of all blasphemy and apostasy as a basic protection of free speech, free association, and . . . yes . . . freedom of religion.

Source: Yahoo

28 thoughts on “New Report Details Global Crackdown On Atheists and Secularists

  1. Too many GOP and Tea partiers want this country to be a theocracy, they have no room for anyone or beliefs, Faith or social values unless it is “Christian”. I am astounded that we keep hearing this, “It is a Christian nation” yet no one seems to want to be bothered to raise a hue and cry.

  2. Dear Religious Fanatic, I do not believe in your God.

    Dear Religious Fanatic, You do not believe in the God of other religions.

    You are all non believers in God.

    Religious non-fanatics I welcome the peace you find within your beliefs.

  3. Atheists remain one of the most demonized groups in the world, including in this country. With whole countries advancing single religions, I fail to see the threat to people of faith as a priority at the United Nations. The priority is to call for the end of all blasphemy and apostasy as a basic protection of free speech, free association, and . . . yes . . . freedom of religion.

    The UN movement may be supporting the rise of The Bully Religion that George Orwell counseled against.

    No administration has any business departing that way from fundamental principles that are well settled:

    In this country, the full and free right to entertain any religious belief, to practice any religious principle, and to teach any religious doctrine which does not violate the laws of morality and property and which does not infringe personal rights is conceded to all. The law knows no heresy, and is committed to the support of no dogma, the establishment of no sect.

    The right to organize voluntary religious associations to assist in the expression and dissemination of any religious doctrine, and to create tribunals for the decision of controverted questions of faith within the association and for the ecclesiastical government of all the individual members, congregations, and officers within the general association, is unquestioned.

    All who unite themselves to such a body do so with an implied consent to this government, and are bound to submit to it.

    But it would be a vain consent and would lead to the total subversion of such religious bodies if anyone aggrieved by one of their decisions could appeal to the secular courts and have them reversed. It is of the essence of these religious unions, and of their right to establish tribunals for the decision of questions arising among themselves, that those decisions should be binding in all cases of ecclesiastical cognizance, subject only to such appeals as the organism itself provides for.

    Nor do we see that justice would be likely to be promoted by submitting those decisions to review in the ordinary judicial tribunals.

    We have said that these views are supported by the preponderant weight of authority in this country, and for the reasons which we have given, we do not think the doctrines of the English Chancery Court on this subject should have with us the influence which we would cheerfully accord to it on others.

    (Watson v. Jones, 80 U.S. 679, 729-30; 1871). Individual churches decide blasphemy for their own realm, not courts or other tribunals.

    The same token should apply to atheists and secularists of all kinds.

    The secular law should know no religious heresy nor blasphemy, and one churches blasphemy is another churches truth.

    Citizens can choose their own faith, or choose no faith at all.

    The evangelists of The Bully Religion need to mind their own business.

    They must leave secularists, atheists, and members of other religions, who are diffenent from them, alone.

  4. If there’s one thing that unites all religious people worldwide, it’s their animosity and willingness to commit violence against the non-religious.

    In the last few days, I’ve lost count of how many comments this week were written by “loving christians” and “moderate muslims” who laughed and joked about the murders of atheists in Bangladesh. I lost count last summer how many openly called for the murder – not conviction and execution, but murder without trial – of Alexander Aan in Indonesia because he blogged about atheism. Theists who are silent about violence against atheists want more violence to happen. Their silence is complicity.

    When doctors like George Tiller are murdered because they perform a legal medical procedure, some religious whackjobs say crap like, “If he hadn’t been performing abortions, he’d still be alive.” Such scumbags are blaming the victim and advocating further murders. The same is being done to atheists, sociopathic theists blaming the victims instead of condemning the violence.

    Put it this way: I don’t use heroin or cocaine and refuse to try it. Does that give drug dealers the right to assault or murder me because I don’t want what they’re selling? No, it doesn’t, and the same applies to the religious who want to foist religion onto everyone. They have no right to violate those who don’t share their religious addiction.

    For it’s first 20 years, Amnesty International supported violence against and murder of LGBT people, 20 years before AI spoke out and said it was wrong. It has taken even longer for the UN to finally speak out, to admit that there is religious persecution against those who don’t want religion. It’s good that the UN is finally speaking out, but it’s decades overdue.

  5. Dear Lord,
    Please bless and keep your believers . . . far away from me.

    But if the religious nutbags in the US are to be believed, it is they who are under assault. My mere desire to not participate in public displays of belief is such a threat to them that they cannot tolerate. What a weak and worthless deity they must believe Him to be.

    I love to quote Mathew 6:5 when I am confronted with a demand to join in:
    “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

  6. Virginia has just past a law outlawing cohabitation by persons who are not married. I would say we are well On our way to a theocracy right here. It is amazing how Republicans who claim to love small government want to tell us all how to live.

    I just listened to the lovely Bill Donahue of the Catholic League tell us all that the scandal in the Church was all caused by the gays and the media. All they have, he suggested, is a messaging problem.

    If the Church could it would start up the bonfires. It is such a victim of godless liberals. Poor multi billion dollar multinational Corporation with soverign immunity.

    The growing power of the RC and other religions and the willingness of the Obama administrations and others in this country to support an international blasphemy standard/law does not bode well for people who have thoughts!

  7. Organized Religion = Power and Control.

    Non-believers threaten that, making them dangerous to these selfish, hypocritical interests.

  8. Justice Holes – are there constitutional grounds to fight the cohabitation law? Someone would have to be willing to be the sacrificial lamb for the test but I wonder if there is a chance to win here.

    Back quite a few years ago a DA in Wisconsin filed charges against a young couple for cohabiting. In order to avoid jail time the guy agreed to a plea deal. Found out after that the “conviction” forced him to register as a sex offender. Since his degree and career were in playground and recreational management he became unemployable; nobody wanted a sex offender around their playground.

    I believe the Playboy foundation came to his legal aid but I never heard how it turned out.

    The puritans still want to put scarlet “A”s on people

  9. Excellent article once again, and once again, a column that you won’t read on the internet, except for maybe a column/blog devoted solely to atheism or humanism. Atheists lose their kids in custody in this nation, they get sentenced to attend church as a condition of a sentence, they get harassed when they want to form student clubs. Their signs are vandalized and ads rejected by public transit systems.

  10. I don’t get it. If non-believers are not getting into Heaven, why are believers so pissed at them? They should be glad — more room for THEM, as well as more virgins! What do they care if the rest of us go to Hell?

  11. What leejcaroll said. The idea that we are supposed to be a so-called Christian nation is nonsense and an insult to non-Christian Americans and non-believers.
    Justice Holmes,
    I cannot believe that the law outlawing cohabitation is constitutional.

  12. See my previous comment on the poop in the bag routine in the article below on the Tennessee Sheriff.
    So, go to the congregation just about the time they are letting out. Do the poop in the bag thing and light it on fire on the front stoop. Get the video rolling while they romp and shout: “Holy Jesus”.
    And “Holy itShay!”

    Another thing. Notice how they pray to the Lard on Sunday and switch over to Krisco on Monday. Go figure.

  13. Everything in moderation BarkinDog. It you did this in Iran the students would be out in force and blame it on the Americans and take over the
    Embassy. Oh. No Embassy yet you say. Its only been thirty something years. Hmmn.. Maybe we dont need no Embassy in no pirate territory. Iran, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, all the Stans, Yemen, Somalia… fly over and flush. Treat em like they ought to be treated. No tolerance for people of other faiths, then no tolerance for them. Kick em outta the UN. Or kick the UN outta New York so they dont get on the subways with the rest of us.

  14. rafflaw 1, February 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    … I cannot believe that the law outlawing cohabitation is constitutional.
    =======================================================
    Me either.

    But the news I read says they have a bill that would repeal their old laws forbidding cohabitation:

    It went largely unnoticed last week when Virginia lawmakers voted to repeal a 19th century law banning cohabitation and sexual relations between unmarried adults.

    (virgina Bill).

  15. “Atheists remain one of the most demonized groups in the world, including in this country.”

    [facepalm] Poor poor pitiful atheists. Seriously, the most demonized group in the world is Christianity. Atheists have the luxury of twisting and perverting laws and inverting them beyond their original meaning (separation of church and state); why they even have public school systems frantically removing any mention of Christmas from their calendars, in exchange for a generic “winter festival” or winter break. Never mind Christmas is a FEDERAL HOLIDAY. Daily we hear of another case where the ACLU and one single atheist managed to blackmail or strong-arm another group into suppressing another students right to freedom of expression regarding religion.

    Somebody will have to do a lot of explaining to demonstrate that atheists are the most demonized.

  16. Mike Spindell ” Organized Religion = Power and Control.

    Non-believers threaten that, making them dangerous to these selfish, hypocritical interests.”

    When I always come across that cliche that religion controls the masses, or any similar regurgitated catch phrase from your random atheist website, I always chuckle and picture someone hypnotizing everyone and saying “you WILL take care of the sick, you WILL take care of the widowed, you WILL visit the shut-ins, you WILL take care of your brothers and sisters”

  17. “When I always come across that cliche that religion controls the masses…”

    Then you are not listening. A person gives into their weaker instincts when they substitute external sources of power for their own, such as made-up deities. When you get enough “believers” in delusion, the delusion magnifies, e.g. “megachurch.” They are not being told to do anything they do not already want to do.

    Which is to persecute anyone, often unto death, not like them. The tribe simply gives them cover.

    So you are quite free to shove any deities that will fit.

  18. “I always chuckle and picture someone hypnotizing everyone and saying “you WILL take care of the sick, you WILL take care of the widowed, you WILL visit the shut-ins, you WILL take care of your brothers and sisters”

    Hubert,

    I’m sure you do chuckle as you vote for people who would not take care of anyone in that way. People like you, phony Christians, talk a great game of service to the needy but when it comes down to where the rubber meets the road you’re absent. While it’s true that there are many woderful Christians that follow Jesus’ example as taught in the Gospels, judging from all you’ve wriiten here i the past, you are ot one of them. You hate….Hubert. You elect people who use hate to convince your “pretend pious” kind of people they are on “God’s” side, but it is really the side of Mammon. Finally, you don’t get the simple fact that if you truly believed, you wouldn’t care what others believe, because You would know the truth and be acting on it.

    “When I always come across that cliche that religion controls the masses, or any similar regurgitated catch phrase from your random atheist website”

    Also in the spirit of “some have eyes, but cannot see…” I have been very clear that I am not an Atheist, but then in your prejudice you lump all of those who don’t follow your brand of God as atheists.

    “Seriously, the most demonized group in the world is Christianity.”

    Seriously, Hubert, that is a falsehood coming from those who would impose their brand of religion upon the rest of us, whether we like or not. If given ultimate power you and your ilk would be no different from the nuts who impose Sharia Law ad at any point of the history of the last 2,000 years that has come to pass. The Inquisition for instance, the Albigensian Heresy and even Martin Luther isnpiring pogroms and hatred against Jews once he realized they weren’t willing to convert.

    The problem with you, Hubert, is not Christianity. It is the insistence of about 11% of America Christians to impose their view of God and the Law on the rest of us.

    Now let me get very personal about this anti-Christmas bullshit of yours. I was born and am a Jew. I didn’t feel good when my public school forced me to sing Christmas Carols like “Silent Night”, with lines like “Christ the Saviour is Born”. By the way my public school, where I had to sing this was 50% Jewish.
    You can celebrate your holidays anyway you damed please, just don’t try to force people who don’t believe you hold eternal truths, to follow them.

  19. Well Mike said it for me too so I won’t add anything other then to say my school was 75% Jewish but we only sang Oh Holy Night, and other Christmas Carols.
    (Oh I will add it is amazing to me when I read these “Christians” talking about how they should be taking money and services away from the needy. People like Minister Mike Huckabee excoriating the dems for wanting to keep the safety nets in place. Jesus sure didnt get very far with that hypnotizing of “feed the poor” etc. if you listen to many of thealleged ‘christians’ )

  20. If an Athiest is a demon because he does not praise the Lard on Sunday and cook with Krisco on Monday then count me amongst the Demons.

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