(Image source: IHEU)

 

BY DAN KENNEDY

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

 

A new study released Monday shows that atheists and other religious skeptics are victims of discrimination and persecution across the world.

The International Humanist and Ethical Union, or IHEU, put together the study called “Freedom of Thought 2012.”

The study cites several examples of discrimination against Atheists in the United States.
-In 1954, the Pledge of Allegiance added the phrase “under God.”
-In 1956, Congress adopted “In God We Trust” as the country’s official motto.
-And at least seven states have constitutional provisions that prevent atheists from holding public office.

Meanwhile, in at least seven countries -- including Afghanistan, Iran, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan -- the penalty for atheism or defection from the official religion can be as harsh as death.

According to God Discussion, while there’s “no date available for official state-sponsored executions of atheists it is believed that the charge of unbelief is incorporated with other capital offenses.”

The Voice of Russia highlights parts of the report, saying many countries require its people to be registered members of some officially recognized religion before receiving medical services, a driver’s license, a passport or a chance to attend a university.

A writer for The Blaze points out the IHEU is a secular hub for more than 120 atheist, agnostic, humanist and other related organizations in 40 countries, alleging there’s a clear bias in the report.
But the writer concludes that many of the findings are compelling.

The report was released to commemorate the United Nations’ “Human Rights Day” which is observed on December 10.

Atheists Face Discrimination, Persecution: Study

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Dec 10, 2012

Atheists Face Discrimination, Persecution: Study

(Image source: IHEU)

 

BY DAN KENNEDY

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

 

A new study released Monday shows that atheists and other religious skeptics are victims of discrimination and persecution across the world.

The International Humanist and Ethical Union, or IHEU, put together the study called “Freedom of Thought 2012.”

The study cites several examples of discrimination against Atheists in the United States.
-In 1954, the Pledge of Allegiance added the phrase “under God.”
-In 1956, Congress adopted “In God We Trust” as the country’s official motto.
-And at least seven states have constitutional provisions that prevent atheists from holding public office.

Meanwhile, in at least seven countries -- including Afghanistan, Iran, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan -- the penalty for atheism or defection from the official religion can be as harsh as death.

According to God Discussion, while there’s “no date available for official state-sponsored executions of atheists it is believed that the charge of unbelief is incorporated with other capital offenses.”

The Voice of Russia highlights parts of the report, saying many countries require its people to be registered members of some officially recognized religion before receiving medical services, a driver’s license, a passport or a chance to attend a university.

A writer for The Blaze points out the IHEU is a secular hub for more than 120 atheist, agnostic, humanist and other related organizations in 40 countries, alleging there’s a clear bias in the report.
But the writer concludes that many of the findings are compelling.

The report was released to commemorate the United Nations’ “Human Rights Day” which is observed on December 10.

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