A Russian man has been charged with a year in prison for denying God's existence on social media, his lawyer says.
Attorney Pavel Chikov said in a recent Facebook post that his client, Viktor Krasnov, has been arrested and charged with one year in prison based on an internet exchange from 2014, in which he denied the existence of God and wrote that the "Bible is a collection of Jewish fairy tales."
A Saudi court has sentenced a 28-year-old man to 10 years in prison, a fine, and 2,000 lashings after he posted tweets critical of Islam and God.
News of the sentencing was first released by the Al-Watan newspaper on Saturday, which listed an anonymous 28-year-old atheist as being charged with blasphemy against Islam for a series of tweets that targeted God and the Muslim religion.
Last week, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice sentenced the young man to 10 years in jail, 2,000 lashings and a fine of $5,330. more >>
After swift backlash from its conservative-leaning customer base for featuring feminist and abortion activist Gloria Steinem in its spring catalog, retailer Lands' End has issued an apology.
With a reputation for catering to the conservative man and woman, Lands' End's recent profile of Steinem, as part of its "Legend Series," was an abrupt shift from the retailer's traditional image, and a move that did not resonate with clientele.
"We understand that some of our customers were offended by the inclusion of an interview in a recent catalog with Gloria Steinem on her quest for women's equality," reads a statement issued by Lands' End and published in the Journal Sentinel on Wednesday. "We thought it was a good idea and we heard from our customers that, for different reasons, it wasn't. For that, we sincerely apologize." more >>
Bible study clubs at two schools in Ohio have been suspended following a complaint made by a Wisconsin-based atheist group.
The Columbus Dispatch reported Monday that two schools in Fairfield County have temporarily suspended their Bible clubs in response to a complaint letter sent by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
"[FFRF] sent letters to four school districts regarding Bible studies held in eight high schools, junior high schools and middle schools before class or on lunch breaks," reported the Dispatch. more >>
A-list actor Johnny Depp will reportedly be speaking at Reason Rally, which is aiming to be the "biggest gathering of nonreligious people in history," in June.
The Friendly Atheist's Hemant Mehta reported on the news on Tuesday, noting that Depp's participation will be a "major boost of star power."
"Even for a Hollywood actor, Depp is taking a big leap by appearing on stage alongside several outspoken atheists. If the media was ignoring the rally, though, you can bet they'll be paying attention now," Mehta wrote. more >>
A national atheist group has joined the effort to convince President Barack Obama to designate the Islamic State's persecution of Christians and other minority groups in the Middle East a "genocide."
The Center for Inquiry, a national nonprofit atheist group, joined the International Religious Freedom Roundtable in asking the Obama administration to properly label the atrocities committed by the Islamic State.
Michael De Dora, director of public policy at the Center for Inquiry, told The Christian Post on Thursday that there are several reasons why his group has chosen to support the International Religious Freedom Roundtable. more >>