The Seven Countries Where You Can Be Put To Death for Being an Atheist [Slate.com]

I’m very happy to live in a country where freedom of religion also includes freedom from religion! I do not have to believe in your imaginary friend, or anybody else’s! A nation prosecuting (and executing) Atheists just for being Atheists must be the utmost display of religious insecurity: You can’t possibly have much faith in your own deity if you feel the need to kill people simply because they do just fine without one. And it flies right in the face of the claim that «you must have faith in [a] God to have any morals».

Plus the Maldives just got wiped off my list of potential vacation destinations (as if I could afford to go there anyway).

The Seven Countries Where You Can Be Put To Death for Being an Atheist
http://www.slate.com
A new report from the International Humanist and Ethical Union names the seven countries in which atheists can be executed for their beliefs: Afghanistan, Iran, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan.

3 Responses to The Seven Countries Where You Can Be Put To Death for Being an Atheist [Slate.com]

  1. The Old Wolf says:

    I’m interested to see that Utah is not on the list. People who live here who are either humanists or non-Mormons often complain that Utah is run like a theocracy. I think that if it were as bad as they say, Utah would show up as “prima inter pares.”

    • inshadowz says:

      It may be that they don’t qualify for the list because Utah, strictly speaking, is not an actual country in its own right😉

      • The Old Wolf says:

        “But the United States and some European countries are also listed in the country-by-country rundown. The United Kingdom, for example, takes some heat from the report’s authors for the increasing number—now over 30 percent—of state-funded schools run by church authorities. And in the United States, the report describes a “range of laws [that] limit the role of atheists in regards to public duties, or else entangle the government with religion to the degree that being religious is equated with being an American, and vice versa.” Seven states—Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas—have constitutional provisions banning atheists from holding public office.”

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