Atheism in the News (2013 Edition)

Dusty Smith takes a look at atheism in the news over the past twelve months in his year-end review — and the best part is he could have made this video so many hours longer:

(via CultOfDusty)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Goape

    If it weren’t for the horrible shit they do and say, christians would be adorable.

  • FaithIsGlorifiedDelusion

    • Lark62

      I don’t have any clue what this has to do with the article, or what possible point you are trying to make.

      • $84687101

        I believe it’s poisoning the well. Or ad hominem more generally. Although I suppose it could just be supposed to be funny….

      • FaithIsGlorifiedDelusion

        Dusty Smith is the creator of the video. I love Dusty. I’m a big fan of his. I was trying to be humorous.

  • johnnybgood

    The more educated society becomes, the easier it becomes to question and ultimately reject religious claims. I hope that people (primarily public figures/celebrities) continue to blaze a path for Atheists everywhere and demystify the ignorance behind misconceptions about Atheism. And so we pray :P

    • Randay

      An example from Wiki, “Kazimierz Łyszczyński (Born on March 4, 1634 inŁyszczyce (today Belarus) – March 30, 1689 in Warsaw, Poland), also known in English as Casimir Liszinski, was a Polish nobleman, landowner in Brest Litovsk Voivodeship of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, philosopher, and soldier in the ranks of the Sapieha family, who was accused, tried, and executed for atheism in 1689.

      About a hundred years later the French Baron d’Holbach only had his books burned, notably “The System of Nature”, probably because he published under a pseudonym.

  • $84687101

    Who was that idiot just before Louis CK and what the hell was she babbling about?

    • Itarion

      That was Wendy Walsh, and she later backtracked, claiming that she was referring to medical situations, not generally.

      It also appeared to be a slip, or at least at odds with the rest of her outlook, since the articles she has written on her website, appear to be fairly progressive in nature.

  • $84687101

    I want to be heartened by seeing atheism in the news more and more, but I’m:
    A.) Not sure if it’s a real effect, or if I’m just seeing more of it because I’m spending more time on atheist blogs and
    B.) Somewhat troubled by it all. I expect it’s true of any minority group coming out of the shadows more, but the amount of misunderstanding, fear, and hate, and particularly the attempts to bunch all atheists together and describe us all by the same characteristics is bothersome. I hope the media portrayals and treatment will improve in time.

    • SeekerLancer

      I think outside of Fox News and other conservative sources there has been some improvement, and the fact that secularists have started being invited to the table for things like the Obama administration’s interfaith planning have reflected that improvement.

      It’s only going to continue as the census has shown the “nones” steadily on the rise. The media that rails against atheism out of fear are the same old protectors of the status quo who are on the wrong side of history as usual.

      • $84687101

        Sure, they’re not as bad as Fox News, but there’s the Oprah clip, where she demonstrates that she’s so convinced that atheists are evil, soulless autonomatons that she has to tell anyone who appears to contradict this view that they’re not really an atheist. Then there are the Time articles, the endless HuffPo, Slate, and other major blog sites full of articles, some even by non-believers, describing atheists as angry militants.

        But I do hold out hope that it will get better.

        • Finn Nicolas

          I don’t really think that we should give a shit what Oprah says, there is really no reason to listen to the second or third most evil person on the planet.

          I’ve never seen a Slate or HuffPo article attacking atheism, isn’t that more the realm of Salon.

          • Randay

            HuffPo also publishes some of the most idiotic Jesus Freaks and a lot of New Age nonsense.

  • Art_Vandelay

    Re: 5:16. Is there any other group in this day and age that a national talking head can refer to as “these people” and not be skewered for?

  • Mark Tarr

    In the end, reality wins, because it’s real.

  • Rain

    Fox News analyst: “our representatives have spoken over and over again”. Fox News analyst. It’s the new bass backwards. So any time anyone wants to say bass backwards, then they have to say Fox News analyst instead of bass backwards. (Because it means the same thing.)

    Example: “The sun orbits the Earth.”
    Then you say: “What, that’s completely Fox News analyst.”

    • JohnnieCanuck

      Seems there are two kinds of people in the world, those who say ‘bass ackwards’ and those who say ‘bass backwards’.

      I go with the former because there’s only one ‘b’ in ‘ass backwards’. ;-}

  • Rod Haney

    The day Fox News says anything resembling intelligence, I may listen to them. But since that day is not likely to come,,,