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:



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New Report Details the Worst Countries in the World in Which to be an Atheist

A year after it released its first report on anti-atheist discrimination around the world, the International Humanist and Ethical Union has publishedFreedom of Thought 2013: A Global Report on the Rights, Legal Status, and Discrimination Against Humanists, Atheists and the Non-religious”:



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Edward Tarte Responds to a Critic Who Believes You Must Be a ‘New Testament Christian’ to be Good

Be sure to check out Edward’s YouTube and Facebook pages!

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Taiwanese Animators Tackle An Atheist’s Christmas

It’s NSFW for reasons I’m not quite sure I want to explain to you… but it’s kinda worth it for the Taiwanese Animators’ opening shot alone:



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Should Secular Jews Drop the ‘Jew’ Label?

Rachel Silberstein at Tablet wrote a really fantastic profile of American Atheists’ Dave Silverman in which the question is raised of whether you can really be both atheist and Jewish at the same time.

On the surface, the answer is a clear “Yes.”

The Pew Research Center released a report in October showing that 22% of Jewish adults weren’t actually religious, a number that jumped to 32% when just looking at Millennial Jews, born after 1980:

6% of Jews, overall, described themselves as atheists.

So there’s a lot of history behind the idea of secular Judaism. Silverman, too, called himself a “Secular Jew” at one point, but he no longer feels that way:



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