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When I get the chance, I'll add the following people:
- Political prisoner/journalist Barrett Brown is an atheist. Activist Robert Jensen is an atheist. I'll add citations later.
- Cenk Uygur can probably now be added to the atheist category. [1] (4:25) His listing is complicated. He always cites himself as an agnostic and I'm not ENTIRELY certain what he says here represents a shift in his views. Let's keep an eye out for clarifications from Cenk down the road. For now, though, I think it's probably fair to list him as both Agnostic and Atheist. (UPDATE: In reference to the "New Atheists", Cenk just stated: "I think I'm a more hardcore atheist in that sense than they are, since I think they like to pick favorites among religions, whereas I don't." [2] (10:20)
- Alex Honnold, the top "free solo" climber in the world, is an atheist. [3] (0:18)
- François Hollande, president of France, is an atheist. It's confirmed, but I forgot where I put my citation.
- José Mujica, president of Uruguay, is an atheist. Again, I'll cite this when I add him.

Call The Midwife nuns are atheists hxxps://www.list.co.uk/article/67214-call-the-midwife-nuns-are-atheists/

Stephen Hawking comes out: I’m an atheist


Actor Stellan Skarsgård Is an Atheist


21 November 2013

Carl Froch ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Froch ) is the current World Super-Middleweight boxing champion. On Wednesday 20th Nov 2013, an interview appeared in the UK's Guardian where Froch said he was an atheist... and also reads Richard Dawkins: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/nov/20/carl-froch-george-groves-super-middleweight

Abby Martin, host of RT's "Breaking the Set", stated, "I mean I don't trust any religion/institutionalized religion, but especially one that makes me pay to get these secrets of "God" or whatever their interpretation of what God is." [4] (10:50) An additional quote by Abby Martin from an interview on 'Buzzsaw', where she is talking about the film 'Zeitgeist': "Zeitgeist was such a mindblowing movie. The religion thing was really a mindfuck for me. I never grew up religious, but it was also just, like, really awesome to see him break all that stuff down." (23:32) [5]

It looks like Julian Assange is an atheist. A while back, an OK Cupid profile of his was unearthed and the "quizzes he had completed showed he had been ranked strongly Left-wing and atheist, as well as “87 per cent slut". [www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8199545/WikiLeaks-Julian-Assanges-online-dating-profile-I-am-danger-achtung.html] Ideally, I'd like to find a direct quote from him on the topic (it probably exists, since there are literally hundreds of interviews with him), but this alone probably qualifies him. (Jorge Regula)

12/25/14: New York Times columnist Mark Bittman self-identified as a secular Jew and atheist in this column: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/25/opinion/an-atheists-christmas-dream.html?ref=todayspaper. He stated: "I’ve spent much of my life trying to ignore Christmas. As a secular Jew, an atheist and a progressive, my reasons are common. It’s a commercial, obnoxious, even dreaded holiday. But it’s not changing anytime soon and we should make the best of it. (Hanukkah, I might note, is no better, although it gives us an excuse to eat latkes.)"

1/19/15: W. C. Fields, the famous comedian of stage and screen, appears to have been an atheist. A line in the Wikipedia entry on him states that "Although Fields was an avowed atheist—who, according to James Curtis, "regarded all religions with the suspicion of a seasoned con man"—he yielded to Hattie's wish to have their son baptized." James Curtis is the author of "W.C. Fields: a Biography" (New York: A. Knopf, 2003).

Atheists and Agnostics ready to be added


An additional quote for David Attenborough article. I'll add it when I get the chance. - Jorge Regula [6]

Well chuff me, it turns out that Mother Teresa was an atheist! Even the catholic church isn't denying it. Quotes and citations are forthcoming from the old hag as and when the press (and vatican) release them.

See here for initial details:


Charles Clarke UK govt home secretary , just been sacked, big name in the labour party, quote staing his non-belief: From the Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/03/22/nedu22.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/03/22/ixhome.html

Clarke opposes creation teaching By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent

Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, stepped into the controversy over creationism yesterday by declaring that he was "totally opposed" to the concept.

Mr Clarke, who said that he did not believe in God, insisted that science was the basis for progress and praised Charles Darwin as one of the greatest scientists in history."

Brannon Braga; Producer, Writer and Actor from Star Trek fame wrote this article: http://www.sidmennt.is/archives/2006/16/08/every_religion_has_a_mythology.php

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995), Texas-born expatriate, author of such modernistic novels like Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley, and memorable short-story collections, Little Tales of Misogyny, The Black House and The Animal Lover's Book of Beastly Murder. More popular in Europe than in the United States, she eventually won praises by literary maestros like Graham Greene and Gore Vidal.

According to her biography, A Beautiful Shadow by Andrew Wilson, Patricia Highsmith had no faith in the after-life and loathed any form of organized religion. A good number of her stories and novels confirm such worldview.

In London, on 18 June 1988 she appeared in Channel 4's After Dark, a live and informal late-night show starting at 11.30 p.m. along with few other notable individuals to debate the question of how to survive a murder, including James Nelson, a minister in the Church of Scotland who had served nine years for the murder of his mother in 1969.

Central to the debate was also the question of absolution � was it possible to forgive the murderer? Highsmith's atheistic attitude stood in stark contrast to the strong Christianity of the Reverend James Nelson, who took the attitude that, ultimately, only God could forgive. "I'm not in such good touch with God as you", she said spikily. "When you say to me, 'It's only God [who can forgive],' how do I know God is going to even tell me?"

Katsuni - Adult Film Star --- She states on her Myspace that she Is an Atheist http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=77424151

Tim Kasher and Ted Stevens (the creative forces behind the rock band Cursive) describe themselves in a recent "Omaha Reader" article (http://www.timmcmahan.com/cursive4.htm) as an atheist and an agnostic, respectively. In addition, Conor Oberst (lead singer of Bright Eyes)'s University of Nebraska transcript identifies him as agnostic, presumably from a self-entered response on the ACT.

Could someone add David Draiman from the band Disturbed? (I Googled him, but couldn't find any quotes. If anyone has proof that Draiman is an atheist, your contribution would be greatly appreciated. - Jorge Regula)

Mike Burkett aka Fat Mike Lead singer and bassist for NOFX Bassist for Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

I couldn't find quotes outside of his music lyrics, such as these from "Happy Guy" "how could he Turn his back on on reason worshiping A God finding truth through fear and mind control" "Turned his back on free will - has he lost his mind? He'd rather kneel down than take charge of his life" "His hopes may be false but his happiness is real"

Robert Llewellyn

He is best known as the actor who plays Kryten on the tv show Red Dwarf and the co-host of the UK's "Scrapheap Challenge".

At the end of the program "who's got god's millions?", which was broadcast (as a repeat) on the UK's Channel 5 on 29th December 2008, Robert referred to himself "as an atheist".

Robson Green, British TV actor declares he is an atheist here:


George Nakhnikian -- Professor Emeritus Philosophy, Indiana University. Doubtful there are more than a few contemporary atheists more significant. [7]

Corey Taylor, Lead singer of the American heavy metal band Slipknot. Describes himself as a "vocal Atheist" while still having a deep belief in the supernatural and paranormal. He also states that he tries to figure out his experiences by using a scientific and mathematical point of view. Source: http://loudwire.com/corey-taylor-new-stone-sour-albums-favorite-childhood-swear-words-more/ (Skip to 5:40)

He has also been known to speak out against religion and has stated: "If there is a god, and that is a big "if", he is in each and every one of us" Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWNzV52y9VY

William "Bill" Chen, American poker player and software designer. Stated that he did not believe in god. Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klVVbMQSTd4

Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel. "religious supernatural beliefs are irrational, but emotionally plausible and satisfying. That’s why they’re so believable, despite at the same time being rationally implausible." source: http://www.salon.com/2013/01/13/jared_diamond_its_irrational_to_be_religious/

Vivian Campbell: Guitarist

http://blog.musicinsidermagazine.com/2012/11/vivian-campbell/ As bombs burst in Belfast nine miles away, an angry adolescent raged against the system. An atheist during the Catholic-Protestant separatist uprising, Vivian Campbell was trying to find his song. Armed with heavy-metal guitar defiance and lyrics of nonconformity that still hold true today

Facebook Post https://www.facebook.com/officialviviancampbell/posts/649838585041856

Frankly (and I know I've said this before), some of you just don't deserve me. You know who you are: When you have a picture of Jesus as your Facebook avatar, for example, that's a big clue that you shouldn't be following my page.

I've had enough of ignorance, and in my 50 years of life I've endured more than enough stupidity. I can't tolerate any more. I ask those of you who take offence at my tone to please just go away. There are plenty of other minor celebrities out there who would love to have you, I'm sure.

According to this article, Edgar Rice Burroughs (creator of Tarzan) called himself an atheist when speaking privately to his sons, and was outspokenly irreverent in general. He belongs at least on the 'Ambiguous' page: http://www.hillmanweb.com/reason/1434.html

Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård states on his imdb page: "I'm not religious or anything, but to me it's great fun and it's nice to have a lot of kids. They take care of each other." His son Alexander Skarsgård said in an interview that both of his parents are atheists. Youtube video of his interview with subtitles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Kms6pUKfdg

Mila Kunis stated in an interview with esquire that she in not a practicing Jew.(http://www.esquire.com/women/women-we-love/mila-kunis-video) warning slightly NSFW video might play in this link but it's the only version of the interview I could find.

Peter DeLuise, writer and director on Stargate: SG-1, may be an atheist. In December 2012 he tweeted Richard Dawkins (http://twitter.com/RealPDeLuise/status/282919114299813889/photo/1), saying "Sing it, Richard!" with a picture supporting atheism. Also, Stargate was known for criticizing organized religion and promoting freethinking.

It looks as though Carl Froch, current IBF Super-Middleweight boxing champion, may well be an atheist. An entry in his Twitter feed (in reply to an atheist fan) would seem Froch equates belief in God with that of belief in Santa:


George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans) one of the most influential female writers of all time. http://www.jstor.org/pss/2871945 and quote: “God, Immortality, Duty … how inconceivable the first, how unbelievable the second, and yet how peremptory and absolute the third.”


I'm fairly certain that most of the leaders of the "sextremist" feminist group FEMEN are atheists. Also, it's likely that some of the members of Pussy Riot who were imprisoned are also atheist. I'll look into this when I have a chance. Just leaving a note here for myself.

Ousmane Sembene, filmmaker director of Xala and Black Girl. Considered the father of African Film. encouraged secularism in Africa and lived in a house called "Galle Ceddo" meaning home of the unbeliever.

Jello Biafra isn't on the site, but he needs to be. He is extremely outspoken against religion and at least qualifies under Ambiguous, but more than likely would turn out to be an atheist, with a little bit of research. - Jorge Regula

Perhaps Walt Disney was an atheist. In this talk, A.C. Grayling mentions how Daniel Dennett just mentioned that Walt Disney was an atheist. Let's look into this! (at ~7:30) [8] (Jorge Regula: a cursory look into his life doesn't seem to reveal any atheism. However, if others have a quote which would prove otherwise, please post it! - Jorge Regula)

Charles Laughton Laughton may be an atheist, but I couldn't find the quote from his wife's biography which supposedly says so - Jorge Regula)

Vic Reeves was interviewed for Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. At the end he showed extreme displeasure at being allowed to take a copy of the bible 'You know where you can stick that' or some such, although I can't find any specific references.

March 13, 2011
Supposedly George C. Scott said that he did not believe in a God at all during a 60 Minutes interview, shortly before his 1999 death. If anybody has information on this and can get an exact quote, please do!

Dead Prez - In the song "Propaganda' by hip-hop duo Dead Prez, they rap, "Man made God outta ignorance and fear/If God made man then why the hell would he put us here?/I thought he's supposed to be all loving/The same God who let Hitler put Jews in the oven." I'm not all that familiar with the group, so I don't know which member to attribute this verse to. I'm trying to find out, but if anyone knows, please post it. [9]

Oscar Niemeyer's atheist citation should cite the source where he says he's an atheist: the documentary 'Urbanized', where he notes that it's strange that he's built so many churches, yet is an atheist. This is just a note to myself. I'll add the direct quote later. (Jorge Regula)

John Cleese's views need to be looked into. It's very evident from this video that he is staunchly against Christianity...or at least most forms of it. I'll bet he at least qualifies in the Ambiguous category. I'll look into this later. [10] (Jorge Regula)

October 17, 2012 - Niccolo Paganini wasn't an atheist, but should be looked into. He almost certainly would fit in with the ambiguous category. I haven't researched any of this, but I just have a general sense that he embraced all the rumors about him supposedly having sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his prodigious violin skills and he was dug up from Christian cemetery because they considered him so morally foul. I'll look into it when I get the chance. This is just a reminder. (Jorge Regula)


From PZ Myers's blog article on Susan Jacoby, this uncredited list of female nonbelievers:
If the name is red, we don't have an entry for it!

Mitchell Stephens is working on a book, "Without Gods: Toward a History of Disbelief", and his Cast of Characters may also be useful as a starting point.

Carvaka the Raxasa (founder of the Charvakas of India)
Diagoras of Melos
Protagoras of Abdera
Carneades of Cyrene
Jacques-Ren� H�bert
Baron d�Holbach

Jennifer Michael Hecht's book Doubt: A History may contain some more names.

I have discovered A Biographical Dictionary of Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Freethinkers by Joseph McCabe (1920)
It could be a useful resource in doing research, but it ought to be treated with caution; that list contains several deists, pantheists, and nominal believers.

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