Report: Atheists and Religious Critics Persecuted Around The World

stoningWe have been following the increased attacks by political (here and here) and religious figures (here and here) against atheists and agnostics in recent years. A new report is out from the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) detailing this trend globally.

The report includes policies favoring religious persons and organizations in the United States and Europe. The range of laws around the world include those that “obstruct [nonbelievers’] access to public education, prohibit them from holding public office, prevent them from working for the state, criminalize their criticism of religion, and execute them for leaving the religion of their parents.”

In seven countries, expression of atheist views or defection from the official religion can bring capital punishment: Afghanistan, Iran, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. Yes, that includes our erstwhile allies in Afghanistan where U.S. troops continue die and the Obama Administration has spent billions to prop up the corrupt Karzai government.

We have previously discussed the rise of blasphemy prosecutions not just in Muslim countries but the West as well as an attack generally on free speech. For recent columns, click here and here and here.

Greece and Russia are also singled out for their governmental entanglement with their respective orthodox churches.

The demonization of nonbelievers is clearly linked to political interests in many countries with faith-based governments or politics. It is distressing to see how even in the United States both Republicans and Democrats have embraced faith-based politics (here and here). This chilling report shows the dangers of such entanglement not just in countries like Saudi Arabia but the West.

Source: Reuters

33 thoughts on “Report: Atheists and Religious Critics Persecuted Around The World”

  1. One year I got a holiday card. It was green, without a picture, with black print.

    On the front it said: “People ask who took the Christ out of XMas.”

    Inside it said: “I ask who took the X out of Malcolm.”

  2. Gene,

    What do ya’ have against Seger and art?! Did you notice the response to the sax … too cool.

    Now I was always an enthusiastic house – Christmas lights- decorator … I’d spend 6 months laying out the design and gathering the material and Tex would have to spend a couple days putting it all up. One year he spent two weeks in Nov. in his shop working on a surprise “lighting feature”. Thanksgiving weekend came and he spent the obligatory two days following my schematic and installing the lights. Sunday evening we went outside to look at the finished product and I asked him where his surprise feature was.

    He whipped a remote control out of his pocket, pressed a button and then looked up towards the peak where the usually dark attic window is placed. A large lit sign, white bulbs, two words … BAH HUMBUG.

    It was the hit of the neighborhood.

  3. EastBroadwayLong Beach 1, December 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I’ve got several choice words for the ‘Religiously Affiliated….. and they are not Merry Xmas……… You’re time is quickly coming to an end, get used to it!
    So you gonna take on the U.S. Military and kick they butt?

  4. Blouise,

    I knew you and Tex were unusual, but I had no idea you were cruel.

    I should warn you. I have access to large aircraft landing lights. The kind that can burn retinas and cook reindeer. :mrgreen:

    And if necessary, I could build an EMP device.

    I was kind of saving that for New Years though.

  5. NonnyO – when I was a kid it was almost a point of pride that early Xians had to hide their worshiping of X by using the Greek letter ‘X’, short for Χριστός (anointed) instead of his title, ‘Christ’.

    So to us little kids in Sunday school Xmas was almost a secret code! It helped carry the tales of persecution and todays Xianist extremists display their ignorance when they rail against Xmas

  6. I guess they can’t take up genealogy as a hobby since they don’t like the X as an abbreviation for Christ if someone writes Xmas. I do genealogy research in church records going back 100, 200, 300++ years in three foreign countries and run into Xoffer, Xopher, Xian, Xine, Xina etc. X for Christ has been an acceptable abbreviation in church records for many centuries. It’s only the modern uneducated religico-reichwingnut fanatics who have hissy fits about it.

  7. I’ve got several choice words for the ‘Religiously Affiliated….. and they are not Merry Xmas……… You’re time is quickly coming to an end, get used to it!

  8. Mespo,

    You are right…. Then there are those that will throw you under the bus just for disagreeing with them.

  9. “The demonization of nonbelievers is clearly linked to political interests in many countries with faith-based governments or politics.”


    Further proof (as if any more was needed) of Seneca’s the Younger’s ancient observation that “[r]eligion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.”

  10. Rick Warren doesn’t like Obama now: “Obama is “absolutely” unfriendly to religion and his administration’s policies have “intentionally infringed upon religious liberties,” Warren said in an interview Wednesday. The evangelical pastor, whose 20,000-member church in suburban Los Angeles is one of the largest in the nation, was on tour in New York City to promote to the 10th anniversary edition of his popular book, “The Purpose Driven Life.” He spoke in a wide-ranging conversation that touched upon his stance against same-sex marriage, his disappointment with the presidential campaigns, and the role of faith in an increasingly secular society.” Huffington Post

  11. HOW ABOUT THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS? You are forgetting how awful it is that decent Christan people have to put up with “Happy Holidays” and share this time of year with those of different belief!

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