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Old 12-10-2012, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
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GENEVA (Reuters) - Atheists and other religious skeptics suffer persecution or discrimination in many parts of the world and in at least seven nations can be executed if their beliefs become known, according to a report issued on Monday.

The study, from the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), showed that "unbelievers" in Islamic countries face the most severe - sometimes brutal - treatment at the hands of the state and adherents of the official religion.



But it also points to policies in some European countries and the United States which favor the religious and their organizations and treat atheists and humanists as outsiders



Atheists around world suffer persecution, discrimination: report - Chicago Tribune
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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Any group in power can otherize those not in power. Unbelievers aren't the only group who gets this treatment but it's nice to see it recognized a bit.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Athens, Greece
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GENEVA (Reuters) - Atheists and other religious skeptics suffer persecution or discrimination in many parts of the world and in at least seven nations can be executed if their beliefs become known, according to a report issued on Monday.

The study, from the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), showed that "unbelievers" in Islamic countries face the most severe - sometimes brutal - treatment at the hands of the state and adherents of the official religion.

But it also points to policies in some European countries and the United States which favor the religious and their organizations and treat atheists and humanists as outsiders

Atheists around world suffer persecution, discrimination: report - Chicago Tribune
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In a range of other countries - such as Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Kuwait and Jordan - publication of atheist or humanist views on religion are totally banned or strictly limited under laws prohibiting "blasphemy".
Add Greece to the list!
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In Greece and Russia, the Orthodox Church is fiercely protected from criticism and is given pride of place on state occasions...
Those Christians... are so lovable God loving hypocrites.
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While freedom of religion and speech is protected in the United States, the report said, a social and political climate prevails "in which atheists and the non-religious are made to feel like lesser Americans, or non-Americans."
In at least seven U.S. states, constitutional provisions are in place that bar atheists from public office and one state, Arkansas, has a law that bars an atheist from testifying as a witness at a trial, the report said.
How about science? How free feel the scientists in revealing findings that would harm religion?

Suppose they come to the conclusion that the whole philosophy and theology and preaching devoted to the heavenly beings is nothing but the aftermath of an archaic joke. Just a Joke!

They'll find out that religion is nothing but a joke! How would you expect scientists to act?
They would remain silent. Firstly out of fear for their families and secondly out of fear of the good Christians colleagues of theirs.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:22 AM
 
Location: NC
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How about science? How free feel the scientists in revealing findings that would harm religion?

Suppose they come to the conclusion that the whole philosophy and theology and preaching devoted to the heavenly beings is nothing but the aftermath of an archaic joke. Just a Joke!

They'll find out that religion is nothing but a joke! How would you expect scientists to act?
They would remain silent. Firstly out of fear for their families and secondly out of fear of the good Christians colleagues of theirs.
Or they talk and this happens.

Sanal Edamaruku, Indian Rationalist, Proves 'Weeping Christ' Miracle A Hoax, Now Faces Years In Jail (VIDEO)
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Athens, Greece
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In the future IQ tests will contain the following question:

Is drainage water holy?

A: Yes (one negative IQ point)
B: No (one positive IQ point)
C: I do not know (ten negative IQ points)
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:53 AM
 
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New Jersey woman sues over '8THEIST' license plate

(Yep, necromancing the thread, but might as well put this someplace where it illustrates a principle already discussed, and I didn't want to open this up to railing by believers by putting it in the main Religion forum.)
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:20 AM
 
Location: The backwoods of Pennsylvania ... unfortunately.
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Sigh...

New Jersey woman sues over '8THEIST' license plate

(Yep, necromancing the thread, but might as well put this someplace where it illustrates a principle already discussed, and I didn't want to open this up to railing by believers by putting it in the main Religion forum.)
Yeah, this is actually a common religious tactic to circumvent the Constitution - quietly enact laws, policies, and ordinances that violate the Constitution and hope either no one notices or no one cares enough to take it to court.

What's happening now, though, is that more and more non-Christians are refusing to lay down and take it which means an increasing number of unfair policies that push religion and alienate non-believers are being challenged.

Which, of course, produces the illusion that Christians are suddenly being persecuted.

I've likened this before to a class of unruly children who never had to obey the rules before, and when a new teacher takes over, a teacher who is a strict disciplinarian, the kids are going to whine about how unfair it all is.
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