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Russell Peters (comedian/actor)
"Peters doesn’t shy away from provocative subject matter....However, religion and politics are not part of [his] act. 'I am an atheist,' he says, but he doesn’t want to offend believers. 'And I know nothing about politics.'" - https://variety.com/2015/biz/spotlight/russell-peters-25-years-in-comedy-1201539908/
"He says he tends to avoid hot-button topics like religion, of which he is no fan. 'Too many people have too much religion in their lives,' Mr. Peters, an avowed atheist, said. 'You live your life, and I’ll live mine, and we’ll meet on the comedy grounds of culture and just being people.'"- https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/17/russell-peters-avoids-religion-in-his-comedy-act/
"I'm more of a science guy than I am a beliefs guy. I'm more into facts than I am into beliefs." - http://www.ora.tv/larrykingnow/2014/8/6/lknpetersrussell004-0_5yhqhlfpfu7y (2014)
Playboy Interview with The Beatles (February 1965)
PLAYBOY: "You guys seem to be pretty irreverent characters. Are any of you churchgoers?"
PAUL: "Not particularly. But we're not anti-religious. We probably seem anti-religious because of the fact that none of us believe in God."
JOHN: "If you say you don't believe in God, everybody assumes you're anti-religious, and you probably think that's what we mean by that. We're not quite sure 'what' we are, but I know that we're more agnostic than atheistic."
"The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind." - Marquis de Sade
Atheist Patrick Stewart
John de Lancie - Openly Secular
“I Was Always Skeptical”: An Interview with Star Trek’s John de Lancie http://thehumanist.com/features/interviews/i-was-always-skeptical-an-interview-with-star-treks-john-de-lancie
Science-fiction author Eric Flint self-proclaims his atheism (sorry if in contextualizing I'm quoting too much - to be trimmed-down if necessary):
"Any author—or publisher, or editor—who gets widely associated with a political viewpoint that generates a lot of passion will inevitably suffer a loss of attractiveness when it comes to getting nominated for awards—or just reader reviews. Somebody is bound to get angry at you and denigrate your work, and often enough urge others to do the same.
Does it happen to people who are strongly associated with the right? Yes, it does. But it also happens to people who are strongly associated in the public mind with the left. If you don’t believe me, all you have to do is read through Amazon reader reviews of my work and see how many “reviews” are obviously triggered off by someone’s outrage/indignation/umbrage at what they perceive as my political viewpoint and have little if anything to do with the book which is theoretically being “reviewed.”
Nor does it matter very much whether the assessment people have is accurate or not. To give an example which is germane to this issue, there is a wide perception among many people in fandom—the average reader-on-the-street could care less—that Baen Books is a slavering rightwing publisher. And never mind the inconvenient fact that the author who has had more books published through Baen Books than any other over the past twenty years is… (roll of drums) Me.
Who is today and has been throughout his adult life an avowed socialist (as well as an atheist), and hasn’t changed his basic opinions one whit. A fact which is well-known to Baen Books and has been well-known ever since my first conversation with Jim Baen almost twenty years ago, which was a two-hour discussion of politics. (The next day we talked about my novel which he was considering buying—and did buy, saying: “Well, I guess if John Campbell could get along with Mack Reynolds, I can get along with you.”) So why does Baen keep publishing me? For the same reason any sensible commercial publisher keeps publishing a given author. I sell well. Duh. This whole argument is just silly, and reflects the habit too many people have of seeing nefarious conspiracies everywhere they look, all of them aimed against them." --ParToutatis (talk) 04:41, 9 July 2015 (UTC)
Sorry if I'm doing this wrong, have never wiki'd before. Entertainer John Davidson has proclaimed his atheism: https://richarddawkins.net/2015/04/openly-secular-john-davidson/
When I get the chance, I'll add the following people:
- The famous environmentalist David Brower is someone to do some research on. "Put The Bible on the shelf for twenty years and read the Earth. It's a hell of a good show." (9:50) 
- Fran Lebowitz is an atheist. "I've been an atheist since I was about 7 years old. But I feel completely Jewish because here at least [in the States generally, and in New York specifically], or in the world really, it's also an ethnicity. You know, it shouldn't be really, but it is." 
- The late civil rights leader, James Baldwin, is cited as an atheist online and is definitely at least something close. 
- BIG FIND: Bhagat Singh, the Indian revolutionary who rivaled Gandhi in importance in the fight for Indian independence, was an atheist. In response to being accused of being an atheist out of vanity, Singh penned an essay entitled, "Why I am an Atheist." 
- Jose Mujica, former president of Uruguay, is an atheist. [http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-27476027 ]
- Michah White, the co-creator of the Occupy Movement and inventor of the "rolling jubilee" debt forgiveness tactic is an atheist. 
(update: in an email correspondence, when asked if he was an atheist, White responded, "No, I'm not. Secularism is too limited of a worldview." He will likely fit in the Ambiguous category. I know his upcoming book delves into spirituality, so it will offer more info to properly categorize him.) - Comedian Lee Camp is an atheist. On his show, he stated, "I'm not saying I support the church. I'm an atheist for God's sake. I mean, not "God's sake. But I'm just saying, Pope Francis seems more in line with Jesus' teachings than his predecessors, right?"  (14:54)
- Professional FOX News turd Greg Gutfeld was outed as an atheist by Penn Jillette: "Greg Gutfeld who is a buddy of mine. Greg Gutfeld who, after I do red eye, takes me out and we have steaks aftewards. A good buddy of mine that I write emails back and forth to. A good buddy of mine that we talk about our books with. A good buddy of mine WHO...DOES...NOT...BELIEVE IN GOD. Greg Gutfeld is there sucking God's dick to keep his job on The Five, because he makes some long green. He makes some serious, long green doing that show."  (0:27) Not sure if that's enough to throw him in the atheist category or not. - Political prisoner/journalist Barrett Brown is an atheist. Activist Robert Jensen is an atheist. I'll add citations later.
- Alex Honnold, the top "free solo" climber in the world, is an atheist.  (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.
Brian Johnson of AC/DC - "I mean I’m aware of the fact that I’m not long for the world but, I’m just not afraid of death. I don’t believe in anything so I’m not afraid what’s gonna happen afterwards.”
Call The Midwife nuns are atheists https://www.list.co.uk/article/67214-call-the-midwife-nuns-are-atheists/
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."  (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) 
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).
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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:
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
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"
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:
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
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
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.”
Awaiting Quotes and Supporting Information
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)  (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. 
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.  (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)
These people are listed as atheist elsewhere, and we should add them
If the name is red, we don't have an entry for it!
From PZ Myers's blog article on Susan Jacoby, this uncredited list of female nonbelievers:
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.
- Elisha ben Abuyah
- Abu Nuwas
- Abu Bakr al-Razi
- Thomas Hobbes
- Thomas Aikenhead
- Jean Meslier
- Denis Diderot
- Marquis de Sade
- Harriet Martineau
- Ernestine Rose
- Charles Bradlaugh
- Jacques Derrida
Carvaka the Raxasa (founder of the Charvakas of India) Diagoras of Melos Protagoras of Abdera Democritus Carneades of Cyrene [[Jacques-Ren� H�bert]] [[Baron d�Holbach]]
- George Eliot
- George Sand
- Aphra Behn
- Christopher Marlowe
- Gary Gilmore
- Jane Ellen Harrison
- Ernest Becker
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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