Atheists and Non-Believers in U.S. Are Widely Viewed as “Lesser Americans,” Says Report
Those who don’t believe in God are often seen as less than those who do in the United States. But American atheists don’t have it nearly as bad as their non-believer counterparts in many countries.
A study from the International Humanist and Ethical Union found that despite legal protections for freedom of religion and speech, the U.S. maintains a social and political climate “in which atheists and the non-religious are made to feel like lesser Americans, or non-Americans.”
In seven states, atheists cannot run for public office, and in Arkansas, they can’t even testify as witnesses at trials, according to the report.
Outside the United States, religious skeptics suffer persecution or discrimination—or even death.
To Learn More:
Atheists around World Suffer Persecution, Discrimination: Report (by Robert Evans, Reuters)
The Seven Countries Where the State Can Execute You for Being Atheist (by Max Fisher, Washington Post)
Freedom of Thought 2012: A Global Report on Discrimination against Humanists, Atheists and the Nonreligious (International Humanist and Ethical Union) (pdf)
Atheists May Not Perform Marriage Ceremonies, Federal Judge Rules (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)
Insurance Company Settles Claim for Discriminating against Atheists (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)
- Top Stories
- Unusual News
- Where is the Money Going?
- U.S. and the World
- Appointments and Resignations
- Latest News
- Blackwater Employees Convicted of Murder of 14 Iraqis
- 50% Increase in U.S. Cities Advancing Laws to Restrict the Sharing of Food with Homeless People
- Judge Gives Obama Administration until December to Justify Withholding 2,100 Photos of U.S. Use of Torture in Iraq and Afghanistan
- More Evidence that TV Ads in Judicial Elections Lead to Less Sympathy for Defendants back in the Courtroom
- Police Beating Victim Wins $1,000 Settlement…His Lawyers Get $459,000