Many of the sites in this section represent large organizations, but some were created by individuals or small groups. In most cases the link points to the home page.
American Atheists - This pioneering atheist organization was founded in 1963 by Madalyn Murray O'Hair after her successful legal battle against mandatory prayer in U.S. public schools. Since then the organization has engaged in numerous other legal actions to support the separation of church and state, and to end discrimination against non-Christians. Its other activities include publishing books, organizing demonstrations, and providing college scholarships. It also maintains the largest archive of atheist literature in the United States. The website is frequently updated with reports on the latest legal actions, demonstrations, and public controversies relating to atheism.
Freedom From Religion Foundation - This non-profit foundation, which was incorporated in 1978, fights attempts by U.S. religious organizations to use the powers of government to promote religion. Its attorneys have taken part in many legal battles on issues such as the separation of state and church, organized prayer in public schools, and efforts to use taxpayer money to fund religious schools. Another ongoing activity is the effort to protect the rights of women, gays, and minorities from attacks by church groups.
Atheists for Human Rights - This organization works to defend the basic human rights of people who are being oppressed and persecuted by religious groups. In addition, it maintains a Moral High Ground Fund which provides financial aid to individuals who have been harmed or displaced by persecution. It also tries to help people who are harmed by wars, terrorism, and other acts of violence.
Evil Bible Website - The main purpose of this well-known site is to spread the terrible truth about Christianity. It points out that the Christian God, according to the bible, has been directly responsible for numerous mass-murders and other atrocious acts. The articles on the site discuss the specific biblical passages which describe these terrible crimes. There are also descriptions of the mass murders and various other atrocities committed by Christians from ancient times to the present day. Many of the articles on the site were written by Charlotte Schnook.
The Freethinker - This is the website of The Freethinker magazine, which has been continuously published in England since its launch in 1881, and is generally regarded as the world's oldest surviving freethought publication. The Victorian age in which it was launched was very hostile to atheists, and after an 1882 issue of the magazine included some irreligious cartoons, its founder G.W.Foote was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labor for violating England's anti-blasphemy law. More than a century later the publication's long campaign against that law finally helped get it repealed. The magazine also played an important role in the movement to legalize birth control in England. This tradition of activism still continues, and is quite apparent to anyone who visits the website.
Atheist Alliance International - The goal of this organization is to create more compassionate and better-informed societies. Its members believe that human activities should be based on reason and science rather than religion or superstition. The alliance, which has affiliates in more than 20 countries, publishes the magazine Secular Nation and conducts educational programs throughout the world. It also attempts to fight legal injustices and violations of basic human rights. The U.S. affiliate, Atheist Alliance America, presents the annual Richard Dawkins Award to individuals who make outstanding contributions to freethought.
Rational Response Squad - This well-known site is home to a community of activist free-thinkers who want to promote rational thinking in all matters. Various articles on the site describe the benefits to humanity that have been brought about by logical thought and scientific methods, and compare those benefits to the problems caused by religion and superstition. Anyone can make a contribution by writing articles and participating in an active forum.
The Freethought Society - Founded in 1993 by Margaret Downey, this quickly became one of the most active and influential freethought organizations in the United States. It is especially noteworthy for the militancy of its efforts to bring an end to discrimination against non-theists. Many of its activities, such as organizing protests and putting up billboards, are based on the belief that a strong public voice is necessary to overcome the prejudice against secularists that currently pervades American society. The long-term goal is to help bring about a world in which any freethinker can express his or her beliefs without fear of discrimination or retaliation.
Atheist Revolution - This top site is a valuable resource for skeptics, agnostics, atheists, and anyone who wants to help bring about a better world. It is especially helpful in revealing the harm caused to society by organized religion, particularly the hate and violence that result from Christian extremism. It points out examples of this harm through frequent posts about recent acts of repression and violence perpetrated by religious groups. It also offers links to other websites and blogs that contain related information.
The Secular Web - This well-known site is one of the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive freethought resources on the internet. Established in 1995, it contains many articles by prominent scholars, scientists, and historians. The articles cover almost every aspect of the atheism vs religion debate, as well as many related topics in the fields of science, religion and history. This could be a useful site for anyone interested in doing research in these areas.
Atheist Empire - This resource, which was established in 1998, is a good place to find general information about atheism. One especially valuable part of the site is the "Great Minds" section, which describes the philosophical views of famous thinkers such as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Sigmund Freud, Voltaire, Einstein, and Carl Sagan. Another section contains statistical data on the numbers of adherents of various religions in comparison to the number of atheists and other non-believers. There is also a guide to films and movies that express anti-religious views.
Religious Tolerance - This main goal of this website is to promote mutual understanding and tolerance among people of all beliefs. It argues that every individual should be free to form his or her own opinions, and it opposes attempts by any one group to impose its practices or beliefs on other groups. The site also tries to present different viewpoints on major issues of our times, and for this purpose it contains an archive of more than three thousand articles and essays on a variety of subjects relating to religion, atheism and skepticism. Overall, this is one of the most-visited freethought sites on the internet.
NoBeliefs.com - Launched in 1997, this is still one of the most popular websites for atheists and freethinkers. Many of the numerous articles explain how religion is the root cause of much of the ignorance, intolerance, and violence that has plagued humankind throughout history. The site also contains news reports, a list of common fallacies relating to religion, and a section of book reviews.
Positive Atheism - The articles on this site were written by the long-time atheist activist Cliff Walker, and most of them were originally published in the print journal Positive Atheism. Due to the ill health of the author, the journal is no longer published, but the articles are available on the website. Many of them are intended to encourage the struggle against anti-atheist bigotry.
The Atheist Scholar - This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning about atheism. It contains many well-written articles covering such subjects as the history of atheism, science vs. religion, atheist ethics, atheism and the law, atheist demographics, biblical criticism, and "the new atheism". There are also sections dedicated to atheist films, atheist fiction, and personal narratives of non-believers. All of the articles are very informative, yet easy to read and understand.
American Humanist Association - Humanists believe that reason and science are the best approach to an understanding of the world around us. They also believe that dignity and compassion should be the fundamental basis for how a person acts toward others. The American Humanist Association was founded in 1941 for the purpose of promoting humanist activities throughout the world, with the goal of making it a better place for everyone. Based in the United States, its specific activities include advocating for the full separation of church and state, improving public education, promoting scientific and medical research, and creating a true American democracy. It also publishes the award-winning magazine, the Humanist.
Arguments for Atheism - If you are looking for a general guide to the major arguments for atheism and against religion, you can find it here. Various articles discuss such topics as the existence of evil, the harmful effects of religion on society, God's silence, and moral values. In addition, the site contains articles about the history of atheism, a page of famous quotations, and a list of references.
Ask the Atheist - Do you have a question for an atheist? This website provides a simple fill-in form that allows you to ask it, and a reply will normally be posted on the site within a few days for everyone to read. Several very knowledgeable individuals help to provide answers, and the discussions can be expanded by comments from readers. In addition to asking new questions, you can also search for a specific topic in an archive of hundreds of previously-answered questions. Many of the past questions concern basic philosophical matters such as the existence of gods, or apparent conflicts between scientific principles and various religious beliefs, but there are also questions about problems that atheists sometimes encounter in everyday life when dealing with people of different belief systems. Overall this site provides a very large amount of helpful information, especially for someone who likes to think about or discuss these types of issues.
Skeptic Friends - The goal of this site is to promote logic, critical thinking, and science as the optimum way for a person to arrive at his or her personal beliefs and moral values. For this purpose Skeptic Friends invites inputs from people who have a variety of viewpoints and experiences. The site also conducts polls and permits anyone to submit articles for possible publication on the site. Various forums allow visitors to discuss current issues relating to the world's religions.
About Agnosticism and Atheism - This is a section of the giant encyclopedia-type About.com website. It contains many basic articles about atheism, plus news articles submitted by free-lance writers, and the total amount of accumulated material has gradually become very large. The main goal of the owners of this site is to make money from ads, but voluntary contributors have done a good job of filling this section with useful information, and it is one of the most-visited spots on the web for people seeking knowledge about atheism.
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Reddit Atheism Forum - With more than a million members, this is undoubtedly the largest and most active atheism forum on the web. Even if you don't join and participate in the discussions, it is still an excellent place to keep up with the latest news stories of interest to atheists. In addition, you will always find many discussions relating to important moral, social, and political issues of modern society, as viewed from a secularist perspective.
Atheist Nexus - This is a major social networking site for non-Christians. Each person who joins is given his or her own profile page for displaying personal information and photos. Members may also express their views in forums, make blog posts, join special groups, announce events, and upload videos.
Think Atheist - This prominent news and social networking site serves as an internet gathering place for atheists, skeptics, and anyone else interested in talking about the problems caused by organized religions, and how atheism is a logical alternative. Each person who registers receives his or her own page to post personal information, as well as a site-hosted blog. Each member can also join groups of people with common interests. In addition, the site includes a forum, a retail shop, and a wiki which may be edited by any member.
Ex-Christian - An online community for former Christians, this site includes a "testimonies" section in which people explain why they can no longer accept the tenets of their previous religion. Members can also discuss their personal views and other matters in an active forum. The site also includes videos, articles, and a gallery of images.
Richard Dawkins Foundation - The well-known scientist and author Richard Dawkins created the Foundation for Reason and Science in order to promote critical thinking, and to combat ignorance, superstition, and religious intolerance. The popular site covers a broad range of topics not only in religion, but also in science, politics, and current events.
Freethought Rationalism Forum - This is one of the better-known and most active freethought forums on the internet. In addition to the usual discussions about philosophy, science, religion, and morality, there are sections devoted to secular lifestyles, popular culture, and humor. The lifestyles section contains a special "Atheists' Testimony Thread" in which members can describe what led to their personal "de-conversions" from religion.
Atheist Oasis - People interested in religion, atheism, and skepticism can come to this site to discuss recent news events, social issues, and related matters. Two continuing topics of discussion are the attempts by Christians to inject their superstitious beliefs into official government policies, and the efforts by the non-religious to maintain separation of church and state. The operators of the site post frequent reports on the political activities of fundamentalist Christians, and these often lead to new debates.
Secular Cafe - This online gathering place serves as a venue for secularists who want to discuss important issues in a friendly relaxed environment. There are individual forums for politics, religion, morality and various other subjects. Everyone is welcome regardless of their personal views, provided that they don't engage in abusive or disruptive conduct.
Atheism Plus - Members of this freethought community hope to bring more attention to important social issues such as racism, sexism, and poverty. For this reason, many of the forum discussions center on how atheists and other secularists can help promote social justice and thereby improve the lives of all members of society. In addition to the forums, there is also a wiki which any registered user may edit.
The Thinking Atheist Forum - As would be expected, the most active section of this forum is devoted to discussions of atheism, theism, and related matters. But there are also sections for discussing pseudoscience, literature, movies, politics, and various other topics. This website was started by a former Christian broadcaster who finally came to see the truth. In addition to the forum, the site contains a blog, a list of resources, and detailed articles about bible contradictions and the numerous atrocities described in the scriptures.
AtheistForums.com and AtheistForums.org -- These are two of the oldest and best-established basic atheist forum sites on the web. Although they have the same name, "Atheist Forums", they were created independently, and there is no connection between them. But they are similar, and some people have joined both of them and visit both regularly. There are often some very knowledgeable participants in basic forums of this type, and some of the best discussions take place in them.
Debating Christianity and Religion Forum - This forum is specifically designed to encourage discussions about various human belief systems. Many atheists have joined for the purpose of engaging in direct debates with Christians. Forum moderators are assigned to watch the discussions and try to prevent people from making offensive or abusive posts.
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Blogs and Blog Hubs
The Atheist Blogroll - The creation of the web presents a great opportunity for non-theists to spread the truth about the world's religions. In fact, many people believe that the existence of the internet will hasten the demise of religion everywhere. To help bring about this demise, more than 1000 atheists have begun using blogs to express their views and substantiate their beliefs. For a convenient entry point into this active community of bloggers, go to this blogroll.
Common Sense Atheism - Frequent insightful posts about important religious and social issues have brought this blogger to prominence.
Debunking Christianity - As its name suggests, this top blog focuses on exposing the illogical and fallacious aspects of the Christian religion. There are also links to many similar blogs and websites, as well as to the sales pages of dozens of books that might be of interest to freethinkers.
The Cobourg Atheist - Although the author of this blog lives in the small Canadian town of Cobourg, his perceptive articles have deservedly attracted a world-wide following. As a result, this is one of the most visited freethought blogs on the web.
Atheist Media Blog - Go to this blog to keep up with news reports and media stories relating to controversial scientific, religious, and social issues. Many of the video clips show public figures using ridiculous arguments to attack science or defend religion, but there are also clips of speeches made by prominent scientists, social activists, and political progressives. This is a good site for someone who wants to follow the ongoing media wars about the future course of American society.
Free Thought Blogs - This is a hub for some of the best-known freethought blogs, including the Atheist Experience, Pharyngula, Greta Christina's Blog, and Blag Hag. Most of these blogs were originally scattered around the web at various other locations, but were later moved here. Their association together in one place improves their visibility on the web, and creates an opportunity for readers of one blog to discover other blogs.
Patheos Atheist Channel - Another group of prominent freethought bloggers can be found here. These include the Friendly Atheist, Unreasonable Faith, and Daylight Atheism.
Atheist Ethicist - This prolific blogger often writes about the ethical choices we must make in our lives, and how they are affected by both basic human nature and the influence of culture and society. The sub-heading of the blog is "A view of right and wrong, good and evil, in a universe without gods."
Planet Atheism - If you want the convenience of following hundreds of leading atheist bloggers on one site, this is an excellent place to do it. As an aggregator of blog posts, its home page shows the most recent offerings from its members in chronological order. It also provides an opportunity for an individual blogger to gain new readers.
Skeptic Ink Network - This is an internet hub for a group of skeptic bloggers who try to address important questions in philosophy, religion, secularism, and related areas. The blogs include Dangerous Talk, Hume's Apprentice, Incredulous, and Avant Garde. This is a fairly new web hub, but it has already attracted a diverse group of writers from many different countries and backgrounds.
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Humor and Satire
Landover Baptist Church - A spoof of organized religions, this site takes a humorous look at typical Christian attitudes toward race, sex, abstinence, biblical inerrancy, and salvation. For example, a section on "Godly Health" contains a fake ad for a "Salvation Pill" which will help strengthen a believer's faith. Another page recommends that Christians try to speed up global warming because it will hasten the approach of the end of the world and the rapture. The site also includes a forum, a store, and a news archive.
The Evil Atheist Conspiracy - This hilarious parody of Christian beliefs about atheism describes how a diabolical organization of the godless is secretly controlling the earth and trying to wipe out everything that is honest, decent, and good. Of course no such organization actually exists, but the article describes some of the horrible evil things it would be doing if it did exist.
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster - Members of this church devote themselves to what is probably the only edible god known to humankind. This god was secretly worshiped by pirates for hundreds of years, but became known to the general public in 2005, and the church now has thousands of members from all walks of life. Many of the beliefs are based on a collection of inerrant sacred scriptures called The Loose Canon: A Really Important Collection of Words. One section of the site contains some of the hate mail it has received.
The Invisible Pink Unicorn - This is another deity who has recently been gaining many devotees. Oddly, although this goddess is invisible, she is also pink. Some Christians have claimed that she doesn't really exist, but none of them have proved it.
Un-intelligent Design - Some people believe that the universe was designed by some higher power, but that this higher power did a really lousy job of it. One often-cited example of bad design is the existence of mosquitoes, ticks, and other blood-suckers, which a better design wouldn't have included. Some people also argue that human beings could have been better designed, perhaps by being given more intelligence and less propensity to resort to violence. One explanation for such a lousy design is that God must have been drunk or high on drugs when he drew up the plans, but many atheists take it as just more evidence that there are no gods.
Jesus and Mo - Launched in 2005, this hilarious weekly comic strip features the "holy roomies" Jesus and Mo (Mohammed). This is one of the best-known and most widely-praised irreligious cartoon sites on the web.
ZeroBS - The operators of this site describe it as "an anti-religious playground". They create some of the cartoons themselves, some are submitted by contributors, and some are collected from other places on the web. Those with a zerobs.net watermark can be copied and republished if you provide a link back. Although this is a fairly new site, it has already become quite popular.
Atheists of Silicon Valley -- Humor Links - This page contains links to hundreds of cartoons, satirical articles, jokes, parodies, videos, and lists. Many hours of fun and enjoyment await you here.
Christwire - As all true Christians already know, the Forces of Evil and the Forces of Good are currently fighting a great battle for the Soul of America. Prophesies in the Bible predicted this battle long ago, and signs that it has finally begun are clearly visible to all righteous people. (As an aid for anyone who isn't very righteous, here is a list of some of these signs:)
-- Lawlessness and crime are rampant.
-- Storms and earthquakes are becoming more violent.
-- Communists and atheists have infiltrated the highest levels of government.
-- Wickedness and depravity are spreading through society like cancers.
-- Growing political dysfunction has created the perfect opportunity for the Antichrist to appear.
Obviously the great battle has already started, and not surprisingly, the Forces of Evil are already using nefarious tricks and vile tactics to try to gain an advantage. Christians must realize that this will be a long desperate struggle, and that the final fate of all humankind is hanging in the balance. Luckily the prophesies say that the Forces of Good will ultimately triumph, and that all wicked people will be condemned to eternal torment in hell. Of course true Christians don't have to worry anyway, because they know that sooner or later the Rapture will occur and take them to the safety of Heaven. But at the moment the great battle is still in an early stage, and it is the type of conflict in which important developments are often hard to discern. The Christwire website was created to help true believers see through the media's deceptions and gain a full understanding of what's really happening in this great struggle for the Soul of America.
Fundies Say the Darndest Things - This is a collection of thousands of bizarre statements that have been made by fundamentalist Christians in recent years. Although most of the quotes are hilarious, unfortunately many are also bigoted, false, delusive, and in some cases, even terrifying. This site also has a special section for weird conspiracy theories, as well as a separate collection of vile, hateful, but sometimes hysterically-convoluted quotes from political and religious extremists.
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Famous Atheists and Free-Thinkers
Celebrity Atheists, Agnostics, and Skeptics - This is a list of well-known free-thinkers. But it is really more than just a list, because it offers a separate article about each person, with details about his or her life, accomplishments, and beliefs. Prominent names include Bill Gates, Jodie Foster, Albert Einstein, Jack Nicholson, Pat Tillman, Sandra Bullock, and Warren Buffet. Note: Actually, as discussed in some of the individual articles, there is uncertainty about the true beliefs of some of these people. This is because many celebrities don't like to reveal their true views out of fear that their careers will be harmed.
Famous Dead Nontheists - This is a list of well-known non-theists from ancient times up to the modern age. Because it is arranged chronologically, it provides a good historical perspective on past attempts to fight against organized religious groups.
The 50 Most Brilliant Atheists of All Time - This interesting list contains descriptions of many prominent scientists, writers, celebrities, philanthropists. and others. Its coverage extends from ancient Greek philosophers up to modern times, and includes people such as Andrew Carnegie, Sigmund Freud, Richard Strauss, and Carl Sagan.
Here are some lists of well-known atheists in various categories:
Celebrities - Woody Allen, Charlie Chaplin, Katherine Hepburn, Sarah Bernhardt, more.
Musicians and Composers - John Lennon, Bela Bartok, Billy Joel, Richard Rogers, more.
Notable People - Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, George Soros, Bill Maher, more.
Activists - Emma Goldman, Che Guevara, Ellen Johnson, Margaret Sanger, more.
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Atheism vs. Religion
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Televangelists - This article discusses the wealth and opulent lifestyles of some modern Christian televangelists, many of whom live in million-dollar mansions and own private jets, fancy cars, and expensive jewelry. The article includes aerial photographs of several of the mansions. There is also a discussion of some of the accounting tricks and other deceptive methods that are commonly used to build up this personal wealth.
How to Fake a Faith Healing - This article from Quackwatch.org describes various methods used by Christian televangelists to fake faith healings. Of course one obvious method is to put a healthy man into a wheel chair and "plant" him in the audience, then have him get up and walk on cue. Some American evangelistic healers have become very wealthy through the deception and fraud that they perpetrate.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - This is the website of a support group for victims of clerical sexual molestation. Although most of the victims were abused by Catholic priests, the group also accepts people who were abused by Protestant clergy.
Note: According to a 2004 sexual abuse report by the National Review Board, since 1950 there have been more than 10,000 reported cases of sexual abuse of minors by priests. And thousands of other cases were probably never reported due to the shame and fear experienced by the victims. More than 80 percent of the victims were male and over half were between ages 11 and 14 when they were assaulted. Many of these cases were initially covered up by church officials, and some clergy remained in their positions for decades after their abuses were first reported.
Stop Baptist Predators.Org - This organization is dedicated to exposing and stopping the sexual abuse of minors by Baptist clergy. The site maintains a frequently-updated list of recent news stories about reported abuses. However, according to the website, the list is incomplete because many cases of abuse are covered up.
List of Christian Evangelist Scandals - This is a list of more than 30 modern Christian evangelists who have been involved in scandals, with brief descriptions of the accusations against them. These accusations include adultery, drug abuse, fraud, homosexuality, and visits to prostitutes. However, the list doesn't include the thousands of cases of reported sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy.
Note: The original Wikipedia page that contained this list of scandals was deleted from the Wikipedia website in August 2013, for unexplained reasons. However, a copy of the page is preserved in the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, and the above link now takes you to that archived page.
Prosperity Gospel Preys on the Poor - This article discusses the "prosperity gospel", which is the assertion that God will reward all true Christians with health, wealth, and happiness. Many televangelists in the United States preach this gospel to their viewers, and suggest that sending in a donation would be a good way to demonstrate their faith and so receive the promised rewards. Many of the viewers are poor people who imagine that they will eventually become wealthy because of their belief.
Clergy Gone Wild - This site collects news reports about modern clergy who have been charged with serious crimes. The types of crimes include child molestation, theft, murder, and illegal drug use. Hundreds of U.S. clergy are arrested for such crimes every year, and reports of new arrests are added to the site quite frequently. Each report describes the main details of the crime, and provides a link to the original news article so that anyone who wants more information can easily find it.
Iron Chariots Wiki - The main purpose of this wiki is to help support the ongoing fight against the glut of mis-information and illogical arguments often used as "evidence" for religious claims. Thus the material found here can serve as a resource for non-theists who engage in debates with religious promoters and apologists. Because the site is a wiki, anyone may register and add new information or edit the existing articles.
Strange Religious Beliefs and Practices - From an atheistic perspective, nearly all religions contain bizarre beliefs and practices. This site describes more than 80 examples from all over the world, including devil worship, doomsday cults, human sacrifice, hungry ghosts, and the devil's mark. Some of the descriptions, such as those about witch burnings, crucifixion re-enactments, demonic possession, and Christian snake handlers, are accompanied by images. Many of the described examples are merely humorous superstitions, but unfortunately some have led to wars, persecutions, and other tragedies.
Violent Christian Cults - One of the notable aspects of Christianity is the large number of denominations and sects. Unfortunately, some fringe Christian sects occasionally develop into violent cults. Well-known examples of such cult violence include the murders of fourteen people by leaders of the Temple of Love Church in Florida in 1992, the mass suicide of more than 900 members of the People's Temple in Guyana during 1978, the deaths of more than 70 members of the Branch Davidian sect during a shootout with law officers in Texas in 1993, and the suicide of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult in California in 1997. Some men in the Heaven's Gate cult also underwent voluntary castration in the belief that this was what Jesus called for in his statement in Matthew 19:12 that "there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake" (King James translation).
Islam Watch - This website was created by a group of Muslim apostates who were born into Islam but renounced it as adults after realizing that it is a harmful religion. One of their purposes is to make the world's other Muslims aware of the falsity and cruelty of their religion, in the hope of convincing them to leave it. Another purpose is to inform the non-Muslim world that terrorist attacks by Islamic militants are motivated by the basic teachings of the religion, and will likely continue for the foreseeable future. The name of the site, "Islam Watch", refers to its role in reporting on recent events and developments involving Muslims, especially jihadists. In addition to these news reports, there are also many articles about problems within modern Muslim societies, many of which are due to the fact that religious leaders often control government policies.
NOTE: Most English-langusge anti-islamic websites appear to be operated by American Christian groups whose members have little knowledge or understanding of modern Islamic societies. The content of these sites tends to be very biased, or even blatantly false. For these reasons, they don't qualify for inclusion in this directory.
Forgeries in the Bible - This article describes some of the evidence that ancient manuscripts of the gospels were intentionally altered in order to make them conform to later Christian beliefs. The article also discusses how some modern English translations of the bible contain intentional mis-translations of certain passages that would otherwise be embarrassing to the faith. There is also information about how ancient Christians made an organized effort to destroy all copies of some of the gospels that weren't included in the bible.
New Testament Errors and Contradictions - One reason many people eventually give up their Christian faith is because the bible is so full of errors and contradictions. You can find information about some of them on this site.
The Biblical View of Women - As this article points out, the bible contains numerous passages which disparage women. In fact, according to Genesis 3:16, even God himself said that a wife should submit to her husband. This verse also suggests that labor pains are a curse that God put on all women as punishment for Eve's misbehavior in the Garden of Eden. Why all women should be punished for what Eve did isn't made clear, but of course the Christian God can do whatever he wants, whether it makes sense or not.
Note: Some Christians believe that God exempted the Virgin Mary from this punishment, so that she didn't feel any labor pain when Jesus was born.
For almost 2000 years, officials of various Christian churches have used the bible to help justify their discrimination against women. Unfortunately, this discrimination hasn't been kept within the church, but also underlies the many legal and social restrictions on women found in all Christian societies until recent times, and which still haven't been completely eliminated.
The Witch Burnings - The article on this page is taken from the book The Dark Side of Christian History by Helen Ellerbe. Here are some of the main points:
--- The anti-female bias of Christianity was one of the main causes of the witch hunts of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries.
--- During this period many thousands of people, mostly women, were tortured until they confessed and then burned alive.
--- Protestants persecuted suspected witches with just as much zeal as Catholics.
Here is a quote from the article:
"Witch hunts were neither small in scope nor implemented by a few aberrant individuals; the persecution of witches was the official policy of both the Catholic and Protestant Churches. The Church invented the crime of witchcraft, established the process by which to prosecute it, and then insisted that witches be prosecuted."
Additional information about the torture and killing of suspected witches can be found in the book Servants of Satan - The Age of the Witch Hunts by Joseph Klaits.
Fundamentalist Christianity and the Religion of the Slave Owners - The evidence presented in this article shows that modern Christian fundamentalism evolved from the religion practiced by the slave owners of the American South prior to the Civil War, and that it still exhibits many of the same basic beliefs and attitudes.
New Study Reveals that Religion Does Not Lead to a Healthier Society - This article discusses the results of a statistical study of possible correlations between religious belief and the general "health" of a society. These results show that strongly-religious countries such as the United States tend to have much higher crime rates than less-religious countries like Sweden. The study, which covered 18 developed countries, found that the United States has the highest rates of murder, sexually transmitted diseases, and abortion. Various other studies have shown that the U.S. also has a significantly higher rate of drug abuse than most other developed countries. Thus the available information doesn't support the frequent claim that religious belief leads to better moral behavior, but in fact suggests the opposite.
Horrors of the Inquisition - During the Inquisitions of the Middle Ages, church officials tortured and murdered thousands of suspected heretics. This article contains many contemporary eyewitness accounts of the methods and devices that were used. It also includes accounts of how some inquisitors became very rich from the bribes they received and the property they confiscated.
How Religion Harms Society - The articles on this website reveal how Christians have consistently taken immoral positions on social issues such as slavery, racism, physical abuse of women and children, contraception, abortion, divorce, treatment of the mentally ill, aid to the poor, exploitation of natural resources, basic human rights, and persecution of minorities.
Here is a quote from the site:
"For many centuries the Church maintained its position by a combination of fraud and terror, opposing advances in learning and suppressing the truth. Where Christian dogma has been strongest, so has poverty, misery and ignorance. Christian Churches were wholly responsible for the deaths of millions whose only crime was to dissent from their current version of orthodoxy."
Partial History of Christian Missionary Atrocities - This article describes some of the brutal methods that Christians have used to try to force their beliefs on other people. It recounts the savage atrocities perpetrated against the native peoples of Tahiti, Hawaii, the United States, the Philippines, India, and various other countries. It also chronicles the plundering of cities by the Crusaders, the repeated persecutions of the Jews, and the horrors of the witch burnings.
Christianity Revealed - This website explores the sordid side of Christianity. Subjects include the tortures of the Inquisition, the witch burnings, persecutions of the Jews, and forced conversions. There is also information about the altering of the gospels and other books of the bible in order to hide the true origin of Christianity.
Christianity and Slavery - This site outlines the various arguments that Christians have used to justify the buying, selling, and owning of slaves. Not only did the Christian slave-owners of the southern United States use these arguments, they also fought a major war to try to keep their slaves.
Christianity's Role in the Rise of the Nazis - As this article clearly demonstrates, the vast majority of Hitler's supporters in Germany were Christians, as were most members of the Nazi party and virtually all of the soldiers in the German army. The article also provides many examples of how leading church officials, both Catholic and Protestant, cooperated with Hitler and the Nazis throughout their rise to power.
Here is a quote from the article:
"Most German Christians supported the Reich. Many continued to do so in the face of mounting evidence that the dictatorship was depraved and murderously cruel. Elsewhere in Europe the story was often the same. Only with Christians' forbearance and frequent cooperation could fascistic movements gain majority support in Christian nations. European fascism was the fruit of a Christian culture. Millions of Christians actively supported these notorious regimes. Thousands participated in their atrocities."
Unreasonable Faith - This website was created by a former evangelical Christian who is now an atheist. The articles point out some of the fallacies in the Christian belief system. There are also news reports, a forum, and a reading list.
Rapture Theology - This page discusses the arrogance, hate, heartlessness and absurdity that underlie the Christian concept of the Rapture.
Victims of the Christian Faith - This is an attempt to compile a chronological list of major crimes committed by Christians from ancient times to the present day. The crimes include forgeries, book burnings, arsons, torture, destructions of ancient libraries, forced conversions, mass murders, persecutions of non-Christians, plundering of conquered cities, and exploitation of native peoples.
Another long list of crimes committed by Christians can be found here.
Miracles, Disasters, and the Uselessness of Prayer - Does God sometimes use tornadoes and earthquakes to punish wicked people? If an airplane crashes and most of the passengers die, should we praise God because a few people survived? When children pray for their sick mother, but she dies anyway, is it because God always knows what's best? If you have ever thought about questions like these, then take a look at this article. It discusses the strange thinking that often leads modern Christians to illogical, even absurd, interpretations of news events.
Why does Jesus need your money? - Instead of passing around a collection plate every Sunday, why don't church ministers just ask God for money? After all, if God is powerful enough to create a universe, then surely he could provide all the money his worshippers need to continue worshipping him. As this article asks: "Why don't the ministers and deacons of the church gather together every Sunday morning and pray for Jesus to deposit $1,000,000 in gold bars in the offering plate?"
The Problem of Evil - Many people have wondered why the Christian god allows so much evil and suffering to exist in the world. After all, since the Christian god is all-powerful, he surely has the ability to do something about it. And since he is morally perfect, he certainly should want to do something. Yet he apparently does nothing. The difficulty that arises in trying to explain these observations is often called "the problem of evil". Of course for an atheist the explanation is simple -- the Christian god doesn't do anything about the problem because the Christian god doesn't exist. But Christians need to find a different explanation. For a thorough discussion of their past attempts to do so, as well as other issues relating to this problem, see this article.
The Problem of Hell - Many Christians believe that their god is all-loving and all-merciful. Yet they also believe that this same god condemns some people to eternal torment in hell. The inconsistency is obvious, since an all-loving and all-merciful God would show mercy to everyone, and not condemn anyone to eternal torture. This inconsistency becomes even starker in cases in which a person is supposedly condemned to eternal torment merely because he or she has doubts about some common Christian beliefs. In fact, in the traditional Christian view, people who never saw a bible or heard of Jesus, and therefore never had the chance to be "saved", are punished with eternal torture in hell. The inconsistency between these various beliefs is sometimes called "the problem of hell". You can learn more about this classic theological issue by reading this article.
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The Growth of Atheism
According to an American Religious Identification Survey released in March 2009, the number of U.S. citizens who say that they have "no religion" increased from 8.2% in 1990 to 15% in 2008. The survey also showed that the percentage of Christians in the U.S. decreased from 86% to 76% during the same period. This recent growth in the percentage of secularists and the corresponding decline in the percentage of Christians has been confirmed by other surveys as well.
Note: Because different surveys use different methodologies and cover different time periods, the reported changes in American religious views vary from survey to survey. However, all major surveys agree that the number of secularists in the U.S. is growing and the number of Christians is declining. Note that the term "secularism" can include agnosticism, atheism, skepticism, or any view that rejects organized religion. Atheists are only one part of this group, but there is evidence that their number is increasing at about the same rate as the overall number of secularists.
The trends revealed by these surveys have been sustained despite the fact that Christian organizations in the U.S. spend enormous amounts of money to promote themselves. These organizations own hundreds of television and radio stations, thousands of Christian websites, and dozens of publishing companies. They also own and operate thousands of private Christian schools, from kindergarten to the graduate studies level, and have even attempted to acquire taxpayer money to help pay for their operations. Some Christian groups also try to control what is taught in public schools. In addition, many Christian parents force their children to attend church services so that their young minds can be indoctrinated with the "proper" beliefs.
Obviously there are many people in the U.S. whose livelihoods will be threatened if the number of Christians keeps declining. Such people are likely to have a strong motivation to do whatever they can to protect their sources of income.
Yet despite all of the efforts to stop it, secularism in the United States continues to grow. There are several reasons for this. For example, the horrors of modern warfare have led many individuals to wonder why a supposedly-just Christian god has allowed millions of innocent people to be maimed or killed for no apparent purpose. Many also wonder why this god permits earthquakes, storms, famines and other natural disasters to cause so much misery and suffering. The fact that the prayers of paralyzed people and starving children often go unanswered also puzzles many people. Eventually some individuals conclude that the reason the Christian god doesn't prevent or alleviate all of this suffering is because he doesn't exist.
Secularism in the U.S. is also growing because modern communications technologies have enabled people in different parts of the world to be exposed to other belief systems and philosophies. Improved communications have also helped spread knowledge of the errors and contradictions that are found in all of the major religions. Finally, the numerous scandals involving priests, televangelists, and other church leaders have severely damaged the image of Christianity everywhere.
Leaving Religion Behind: A Portrait of Nonreligious America - This article discusses the continuing growth of secularism in the modern United States, and suggests that it is partly a reaction to the efforts of conservative Christian groups to impose their extremist agenda on the rest of American society.
Large List of Awesome Female Atheists - Occasionally someone tries to criticize atheist organizations by making the claim that most of them don't have many women in leadership roles. This claim is often made by clergymen or officials of religious groups which themselves have few women in leadership roles, and indeed have a long history of official discrimination against women. But in fact many women are taking active roles in the modern atheist movement. For proof, check this list of awesome female atheists, which includes more than 100 prominent authors, journalists, bloggers, and other activists.
Least Religious Countries - This is a ranking of countries by estimated percentage of the population who don't believe in the existence of gods. The estimates are based on a study of several different surveys.
Atheist Census - Launched in 2012, this project is an attempt to collect and publicize representative demographic information on the world's atheists. The collected information includes their countries of residence, their ages and genders, their education, and their religious backgrounds. The site displays frequently-updated results of the survey, so that possible future trends can be observed as they develop. Anyone who wants to be counted in the survey can visit the website and complete a short checklist.
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Non-Believers Giving Aid - This is the fund-raising website for a coalition of more than twenty freethought groups whose members want to help victims of natural disasters and other tragedies. The money raised from donations is given to non-religious relief organizations.
Foundation Beyond Belief - This charitable foundation raises money for selected humanitarian relief agencies and organizations. The main goals are to improve education, fight poverty, increase access to healthcare, and defend basic human rights throughout the world. The foundation also sponsors Volunteers Beyond relief, a network of humanist volunteer teams. Another major project is Humanist Crisis Response, which raises funds to assist relief efforts for humanitarian crises as they occur.
We Are Atheism - This site organizes special relief campaigns under the banner "Atheists Giving Aid" to assist with recovery efforts from various disasters. Coalitions with other secular organizations are formed to help spread the word and increase the amount of money raised.
International Humanist and Ethical Union - Founded in 1952, this is a union of dozens of secular, atheist, and freethought organizations from more than forty countries. One of its main activities is to provide assistance to victims of religious persecution and superstitious practices. It also tries to reform social systems that condemn large segments of a population to ignorance and poverty. In particular, as a sponsor of the Humanist Women's International Network, it works to improve the social and economic status of women.
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Atheism in Song and Art - In past centuries religious themes played a dominant role in the music and art of western societies. But in recent decades the influence of religion in these societies has significantly diminished, mostly due to the growth of secularism and an accompanying increase in freedom of expression. As this website shows, this trend toward secularism is especially apparent in the popular music of recent times. The creator of the site carefully analyzes this trend, and also illustrates it by discussing a number of late twentieth-century songs that criticize religion and promote free-thinking. Many of the discussions are very wide-ranging, and also touch on movies, art, and other aspects of popular culture.
Atheist Movies - Actually this blog covers not only movies, but also books and documentaries. It tends to focus on books and films that have potential to educate the public and thereby influence the future evolution of society and culture. For this reason, this blog can be an excellent guide in helping you choose which books to read and what movies to see. And if you don't have time for a lot of reading or movie-watching, this is a good place to at least find out what you're missing.
Secular Seasons - This unusual site contains descriptions of modern secular holidays such as Darwin Day, Earth Day, and International Human Rights Day. There is also information about traditional celebrations of the solstices and equinoxes, as well as Halloween, harvest festivals, and even April Fool's Day. The main calendar page lists dates for these and many other non-religious events. One of these other events is Banned Books Week, which was started by the American Library Association in 1981 in response to persistent efforts by religious groups to get certain books removed from public libraries. Also listed on the main calendar is the National Day of Reason, which is held in the United States every year on the first Thursday of May to express opposition to the officially-legislated National Day of Prayer held on the same day.
Note: Some atheists also participate in "Blasphemy Day", which was first observed on September 30, 2009. But this event has become rather controversial, even among atheists, because of negative publicity generated by displays of signs and posters that mock religion.
Atheism Symbols - At least half-a-dozen different symbols have been used by atheists to represent their movement. This article discusses some of the best-known, including the Darwin Fish, the Scarlet "A" of the Out Campaign, and the "Atomic Whirl" logo used by American Atheists. Stylistic depictions of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Invisible Pink Unicorn are also sometimes used. Perhaps one particular symbol will eventually become predominant, but the present diversity of choices isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Atheist Super-Heroes and Super-Heroines - As is the case with most media creations intended for the contemporary U.S. public, the majority of atheist comic book and animation characters are super-villains, not super-heroes. But not all are. In fact a few atheist characters with super-powers and good intentions have appeared, and have eagerly joined the fight for truth and justice. They aren't as well known as Spiderman or Wonder Woman, but just the fact that they exist at all could be a sign that American society is changing for the better.
The Film Atheist - Many Christian movie reviewers attack any film that encourages free thought or makes fun of religious beliefs. This website contains reviews written by an atheist who wants to counter the influence of Christian film critics. Actually, very few American-made movies attack religion openly, but some do it in a subtle way. The list of films reviewed on this site includes both types, as well as some famous movies which shamelessly cater to Christians or promote religion in other ways.
Secular News Daily - You can go to this site to keep up with the latest news relating to controversial social, political, and religious issues around the world. The site is an especially good resource for anyone who wants to stay informed about developments in the vicious culture wars currently taking place in the United States.
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The New Atheism
During recent decades atheists have become more active in their efforts to promote a naturalistic view of the world, and to bring attention to the problems caused by organized religions. These efforts have gradually coalesced into a movement known as the New Atheism. This movement gained additional momentum during the first decade of the 21st century, especially after several prominent atheists wrote best-selling books that strongly criticize traditional religious beliefs and practices. These books include The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens, and The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris. The growth of the internet has also been a major factor in the spread of the movement, because websites and blogs have the potential to reach large audiences at little cost. If the movement continues to grow, it could eventually help bring about the demise of organized religions.
Free Thought Action - Go to this site for a good example of the militancy associated with the New Atheism movement. The billboard campaigns conducted by this activist organization demonstrate that freethinkers can have the courage to stand up and speak out for their beliefs, and that attempts to harass non-theists are losing the support of the general American public. Many major newspapers and broadcast media have run stories about the billboards, and there has also been a lot of buzz on the internet. Members of the group hope that their success will encourage others to undertake similar efforts, and their website contains resources that can be used for this purpose. There is also a blog, an online store, and an extensive list of links.
Assertive Atheism - Pushy bible-thumpers and obnoxious fundies need to be careful about who they try to spew their nonsense to, because atheists know how to retaliate. In fact, in debates with Christians, atheists always have a big advantage because truth is on their side, whereas Christianity is based on lies and deceptions. Unfortunately, there was a time when anyone who questioned Christian beliefs would likely be tortured and killed. But thanks to the efforts of many brave people, we now live in a more tolerant era. In most modern societies atheists can be assertive without fearing for their lives. For a good example of an atheist who doesn't pull any punches, go to this website.
The Out Campaign - The main purpose of the Out Campaign is to provide support and encouragement to atheists and other freethinkers who decide to speak up and inform others of their real beliefs. Unfortunately, in some places this can be dangerous. For example, in some Islamic countries non-belief is punishable by death, and in some parts of the United States non-Christians have been the victims of hate crimes. But the number of atheists and other secularists has been steadily growing, and as more and more of them speak out and claim their rights, it becomes more difficult for the rest of society to persecute them.
The campaign was started by Dr. R. Elizabeth Cornwell and subsequently endorsed by prominent atheists such as Richard Dawkins. A special symbol, a scarlet-colored letter "A", was created to represent it, and is now displayed on many websites. The campaign also produces t-shirts, bumper stickers, and lapel pins which display this symbol, and which can be purchased at the Richard Dawkins's online store.
Freethought Equality Fund - Launched in 2013, this political action organization intends to support humanists and atheists who openly run for public office in the United States. It will also support individuals who favor the separation of church and state, regardless of their personal beliefs. The long-term mission is to increase the numbers and influence of freethinkers in the U.S. political arena. Another goal is to improve the image of non-believers held by the general American public. Created by the American Humanist Association, this is the first nontheist U.S. political action committee to have a full-time paid staff.
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Local and Regional Groups
Local Atheist Meetup Groups - If you are interested in joining a local atheist organization in your area, you can find a directory of more than 500 groups on this website. Most are located in the United States, but there is also information about groups in eight other countries. The site helps people who want to form a new group to find other atheists in their community, and gives guidance on how to get organized. After a new group is registered with the site, it is given its own set of webpages where members can post announcements about future meetings and other activities.
Secular Student Alliance - Check this website if you're an atheist student who is looking for a suitable group to join at your school. Groups for atheists and other freethinkers have already been formed at hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities, so you have a good chance to find one. And if you can't find one, this site contains information and resources that make it easy to start a group yourself. Note that each campus group is basically an independent organization that controls its own activities. The Secular Student Alliance simply facilitates contact between groups, and provides guidance and resources for carrying out their activities. Its website also provides a directory of existing groups, news about events such as conferences, and information about scholarships available to secular students.
Center for Inquiry - Campus Outreach - This is another website used by many student freethought groups. Its resources include a guest speaker bureau and a video library.
NOTE: Freethought groups are now being formed at many U.S. high schools as well as colleges, and the movement is also spreading to other countries.
Local U.S. Freethought Groups Listed by State - This page contains a very long list of links to local secular groups in various U.S. states. The list is located part way down the page below the section for national and international organizations. Other sections of this page also have numerous links to websites and other resources that might interest an atheist.
Another extensive list of local U.S. groups is included in the Huge List of Atheist Websites, which is described in the last category of this directory, near the bottom of this page. You can find the local groups in the section of the list called "Real Life Communities".
United Coalition of Reason - This organization tries to help local and regional freethought groups get publicity, increase membership, and have a bigger impact in their local areas. It also attempts to improve communication and cooperation between different groups in the same area by encouraging the formation of regional coalitions. Many coalitions have already been created, and information about them can be found on this site.
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Atheist Family Life
Atheist Parents - The information and resources on this website can help atheist parents deal with the many problems they confront in trying to raise their children in a predominantly Christian society such as the United States. Obviously there is no practical way for such parents to prevent their kids from being exposed to religious doctrines, so sooner or later explanations and answers will be needed, and the site contains suggestions about how to handle some of the questions that are likely to arise. Some of the suggestions come from visitors to the site who have left comments describing their personal experiences with their children. In addition to the discussions about how to answer common questions from kids, there is also an article about home-schooling and a list of books that can be helpful to atheist parents.
Kids Without God - This website was created by the American Humanist Association to encourage curiosity, rational thinking, and tolerance among young people. It is divided into separate sections for kids, teenagers, and parents, each with content designed to reflect the interests and intellectual abilities of each group. Much of the focus is on providing accurate information with regard to traditional religions, evolution, the scientific method, and other issues that young people usually think about when developing their world view. There are also guidelines for dealing with common problems that young people often face as they grow up.
Camp Quest - This organization provides summer camp experiences for the children of atheists, freethinkers and humanists. Typical activities include hiking, swimming, dancing, and sports competitions. The first camp, serving 20 kids, was held in Boone County, Kentucky in August of 1996. Since then many other camping locations have been created throughout the United States. The camps provide an alternative to the thousands of camps operated by churches and pro-religious groups such as the Boy Scouts.
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Huff Post -- Atheism - This is the atheism section of the Huffington Post online news site. It has extensive coverage of developments and controversies relating to atheism, especially with regard to events that occur in the United States, but also including major international developments. Many of the news items relate to the activities of large atheist organizations, but there are also many stories about individuals and small groups. The pages have a traditional newspaper layout, with a good mix of news reports, commentary, and photos.
TheHumanist.com - This news hub is the online companion of the Humanist print magazine, which has been published by the American Humanist Association since 1941. Like its print counterpart, the online hub has a magazine-like format, and features articles by prominant authors and journalists about current issues in American society. But the online version also includes news reports and more-detailed coverage of recent events. In addition, there are interviews, commentary, book and film reviews, poetry, and humor.
Rational Response Squad Atheist News Feed - This news aggregator gets its information by extracting atheism-related items from a general Google news feed. There is a summary of each news item and a link to the original story. This is a good place to find news about less-publicized activities and events in the world of atheism.
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Various Other Websites
The Skeptics Society Website - The Skeptics Society is a large nonprofit organization devoted to promoting critical thinking, and to exposing false claims in fields such as science, medicine, and religion. Many of the investigations are carried out by top scientists, scholars, historians and other experts, who report their findings on the website and in the journal Skeptic. The society's other educational activities include a lecture series, podcasts, the weekly newsletter eSkeptic, and an onsite Reading Room containing hundreds of informative articles. One unusual educational project called "Fix Wikipedia" provides guidance on how to remove errors and fraudulent information from the huge online encyclopedia. The website also includes an active forum and a book shop.
The Atheist Experience - This weekly cable television show is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin, Texas. Because it is a live broadcast, viewers can call in and ask questions or participate in discussions. One purpose of the show is to try to expose the broader public to atheist views. The first show was broadcast in 1997, and as of December, 2012, more than 790 subsequent episodes have been produced. Most of these have been preserved as archived videos which can still be viewed by going to the website.
Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers - The aim of this association is to provide a support network for non-theists who serve in any of the world's armed forces. Actually most of its members are citizens of the United States, and most of its activities center around problems faced by non-theist members of the U.S. military. Many of these problems are brought about by insensitive practices within the U.S. military establishment that illegally promote the Christian religion, or discriminate against non-theists and adherents of minority religions. The organization contends that these practices violate the constitutional requirement for church-state separation, and one of its main goals is to permanently abolish them. Another goal is to dispel the often-repeated myth that there are no atheists in foxholes. In fact, surveys have shown that the proportion of atheists among U.S. military personnel is essentially the same as their proportion among the general U.S. population.
Military Religious Freedom Foundation - In 2007 this organization brought public attention to a Christian evangelical extremist group's unconstitutional distribution of a bigoted "Left Behind" videogame to U.S. troops serving in Iraq. Since then this organization has uncovered many similar efforts by Christian groups to spread their "message" to U.S. military personnel, and it has used publicity, informal pressure, and legal actions to bring an end to many of them. A long list of their successes can be found on one of the website's pages (see it here). Anyone who reads through this list will come to understand the pervasiveness of religious influences within the U.S. military, and the difficulty of the task of completely eliminating them.
Stiefel Freethought Foundation - The goal of this non-profit private foundation is to make the world a better place for everyone. To this end, it provides guidance and financial assistance to selected charities and groups, especially those associated with the freethought movement. However, it generally doesn't accept unsolicited requests for grants, but instead independently identifies the projects and organizations it chooses to support. The president and founder, Todd Stiefel, provides most of the funding, and also promotes the freethought movement by publishing articles, giving speeches, and participating in media interviews.
Ask An Atheist - This site contains answers to some frequent questions that people ask about atheism, such as "do atheists have moral values" and "does life without religion have a purpose". There are also articles about the problems caused by organized religion and the benefits of an atheistic philosophy. Another section of the site contains reviews of numerous books that are relevant to these and similar topics.
Atheist Republic - This online community has attracted a diverse group of contributors from many different backgrounds. Its website provides opportunities for blogging, participating in forum discussions, uploading images, and other activities. There are also news stories, a section of statistics about atheism, and a store. One of the strengths of this community is its international makeup, so that it provides a place where atheists from different societies can meet and exchange ideas.
African Americans for Humanism - This organization was founded in 1989 to offer support to African Americans who reject religion and religious institutions. It has assisted in forming local groups in cities and on campuses, and its website provides a special page for each group. The site also contains a blog, a news page, and information about upcoming events. Of particular interest is a section of articles about historic black humanists such as A. Philip Randolph, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Langston Hughes.
Black Atheists of America - The mission statement of this non-profit organization says that it is dedicated to bridging the gap between atheism and the black community. The website includes a description of its educational and community service projects, a Board of Directors page, and a testimonials page. There is also an interesting article about some early black atheists in the U.S., and the little-known role they played in the civil rights movement of the twentieth century.
Atheist at Large - When atheists attempt to promote their views to the general public, they often encounter hostility from religious and political organizations, especially in the United States. Sometimes the resulting conflict leads to protest demonstrations, legal actions, and even violence. This website provides coverage of many of these conflicts as they arise, often with commentary on what they reveal about the current state of society. There are also some interesting general articles relating to the evolving competition between atheism and religion in the modern world.
The Brights' Net - This is the website of the Brights Movement, which is an attempt to rid the world of superstitions and false religious beliefs. Participants in the movement generally have a view of the world that is free of supernatural and mystical elements. They believe that this viewpoint leads to higher moral and ethical standards, and they want to spread these higher standards to society as a whole. For this purpose, members are encouraged to speak out as activists in their local communities in an effort to raise the awareness of the problems caused by superstitious beliefs.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State - This organization was founded in 1947 with the main goal of defending religious freedom in the United States. Over the years it has won numerous legal battles against efforts to use government powers and taxpayer money to support particular religious institutions or promote particular religious views. Many of these battles have taken place in the U.S Congress and various state legislatures, as well as in the courts, and they have often had a political aspect that has made them controversial. Even so, the membership includes many religious leaders and public figures who have decided to stand up for each person's right to choose his or her own system of beliefs.
The Clergy Project - This website was launched in March 2011 to provide a confidential online meeting place for active and former clergy who have given up their religion. Because some participants are still practicing ministers, they aren't required to reveal their real names. One purpose of the site is to help these non-believing ministers cope with their current dilemma, as well as provide guidance on how to leave their ministry and adopt a new way of life. To prevent pretenders from mis-using the site, prospective new members must undergo screening by current members before they can join and participate.
Secular Party of America - This organization was originally formed in 2011 under the name "National Atheist Party", and transitioned to its current name in 2013. It intends to represent the interests of U.S. secularists and other freethinkers in the American political process. For this purpose, it plans to support candidates for political office who hold secular progressive views, and who will base their decisions on reason rather than religious dogma. Its charter states that it will always operate within the Constitution and laws of the United States, and that it is open to people of all races, sexual orientations, and cultures. Its website includes a newsletter, a directory of state chapters, and a forum.
Patheos.com Ebon Musings Archive - This is an archived collection of thought-provoking articles that were originally published on the Ebon Musings website. The articles cover a wide range of subjects, with titles such as "The Ghost in the Machine", "An Almighty Screwup", "That Fateful Apple", and "The Cosmic Shell Game". In addition to the articles, there are also some personal de-conversion stories. Ebon Musings (ebonmusing.org) was an unusual website with a lot of unique original content that is now preserved in this archive.
Skeptic's Annotated Bible - This site contains explanatory notes for all the verses in the Bible, but from a skeptical viewpoint. It includes the books of the Old Testament, the gospels, and other parts of the New Testament. There are notes on subjects such as the teachings of Jesus, his betrayal by Judas Iscariot, and his death on the cross.
Secular Coalition for America - Headquartered in Washington, D.C., this is a lobbying arm of a coalition of major American freethought, humanist, and atheist organizations. Its staff tries to educate and influence members of the U. S. congress on issues such as religious freedom and personal liberties. It also attempts to mobilize support for its positions by issuing press releases and sending out email alerts to activist groups. Prominent member organizations include American Atheists, the Institute for Humanist Studies, and the Council for Secular Humanism.
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Lists of Recommended Books
Unholy Books - These books are definitely NOT suitable for sensitive or religious people. For example, one of them starkly describes the torturing and burning of suspected witches during the era of the witch hunts. Another presents evidence that the "virgin birth" of Jesus actually resulted from a rape. Others contain descriptions of devil worship, doomsday cults, human sacrifice, and numerous other weird religious beliefs and practices. One anonymous work outwardly appears to be an innocent Christian book but is actually a disguised attack on Christianity. Most of the books on this list are lesser-known hard-to-find works, although several are actually available for free in ebook format.
100 Best Books for Atheists - This list contains recent best-sellers as well some obscure books, most of them relating to atheism, religion, and science. The wide variety of topics also includes historical conspiracy theories, religious hoaxes, and even some fiction. There is a brief review of each book and links to sales pages.
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More Useful Resources
Huge List of Atheist Websites - If you're looking for a really long list of atheism resources on the web, you can find it here. It contains links to hundreds of websites, organizations, blogs and forums. And you can make the list even longer by registering and then adding new entries of your own. If you are launching a new atheist website, this provides an easy way to get a link to it.
The Open Directory - This is the atheism category of the Open Directory Project, one of the oldest and largest general directories on the web. Many small personal sites are included. However, the descriptions are very brief.
Secular Organizations - Here you can find links to the sites of hundreds of freethought organizations, both large and small, located all over the world.
Atheists of Silicon Valley Links Page - This is another extensive list of atheist websites, organizations, podcasts, and various other resources. Other sections of this site also contain a large amount of information relating to atheism.
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Creating lists is a popular way to present information on the web, and many lists relating to atheism can be easily found by searching. The following selection is intended to supplement the entries in the other categories of this directory.
Atheist Quotes - This is a collection of more than 1000 quotes from well-known atheists, both living and dead. Some of the quotes are serious and thoughtful, but many use humor to make their point.
Daily Atheist Quote - You can find another very long list of statements made by well-known free-thinkers here. This site also has some other interesting content, including a section containing photos and paintings of many famous atheists.
Top 50 Atheist T-Shirt and Bumper Sticker Aphorisms - These are some of the most popular catch phrases used on atheist clothing, bumper stickers, billboards, and posters. Although these types of phrases obviously need to be very short, many are still very insightful. And some of the best aren't just insightful, they are also funny. In addition to the main 50, you can find many more in the comments that follow the article.
Openly Atheist Musicians - This is a very long list of musical artists and groups that are open about their atheism. Note that some of these are lesser-known artists that the average person might not be familiar with. Most entries include brief descriptions and reproductions of album covers.
Ten Common Myths About Atheists - These are some of the myths often used by Christians to attack atheists. Most of them are obviously not true.
Atheist Friendly Films - This page contains brief outlines of more than 20 films that express views favorable to atheism. Most of them also have high ratings from visitors to the IMDB website.
Top 20 Evil Bible Stories - These are stories from the bible which seem to condone horrible atrocities, including many committed by the Christian god himself. Perhaps the best-known is the story of "Noah's flood", which describes how this god sent a flood that killed nearly all humans and animals on the earth. This is the same god that Christians say is all-loving and all-merciful, but who has supposedly condemned millions of people to eternal torment in hell simply because they doubted his existence.
Eleven Atheist & Skeptical Youtube Channels You Need to Watch - In addition to the eleven channels discussed in the article, you can find many more mentioned in the comments. But you should note that this article was written in January 2011, so some of the information might be out of date.
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