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Irish Times: Atheist Ireland chairman Michael Nugent was due to speak at St Dominic’s girl’s secondary school in Cabra. The original invite said: "The school wholly welcomes you and looks forward to hearing about both Atheist Ireland and atheism as a system of non-belief." But in an email received last week, Mr Nugent was told that members of the school’s religious education team opted to cancel the invitation on the grounds that they did not "wish to cultivate non-religious belief " at the school. (November 7)

Pew Research Center: An extensive new survey of more than 35,000 U.S. adults finds that the percentages who say they believe in God, pray daily and regularly go to church or other religious services all have declined modestly in recent years. The recent decrease in religious beliefs and behaviors is largely attributable to the “nones” – the growing minority of Americans, particularly in the Millennial generation, who say they do not belong to any organized faith. (November 7)






International Humanist and Ethical Union: Freedom of Thought 2012. A Global Report on Discrimination Against Humanists, and the Nonreligious International Humanist and Ethical Union Atheists

Gallup: WIN-Gallup Global Index of Religiousity and Atheism - 2012

Pew Research Center: Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions. Pontiff should not be 'honoured' with state visit - "We, the undersigned, share the view that Pope Ratzinger should not be given the honour of a state visit to this country." Signed by more than 50 public figures.

Gallup: Those who seldom or never attend church are substantially more likely than more frequent church attenders to say they drink; and those who have no religious identity, Catholics, and non-Christians are more likely to drink than Protestants.

Journal of Medical Ethics: The role of doctors' religious faith and ethnicity in taking ethically controversial decisions during end-of-life care.

Atheist Alliance International: Copenhagen Declaration on Religion in Public Life - Declaration from the World Atheist Conference: “Gods and Politics”, held in Copenhagen from 18 to 20 June, 2010.

Richard Dawkins:

U.S. District Court: USA National Prayer Day ruling. Freedom From Religion Foundation, Anne Nicol Gaylor, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Dan Barker, Paul Gaylor, Hyllis Rose and Jill Dean Vs. President Barack Obama and White House Press Secretary Robert L. Gibbs.

Daniel C. Dennett: Preachers Who Are Not Believers. Abstract: There are systemic features of contemporary Christianity that create an almost invisible class of non-believing clergy, ensnared in their ministries by a web of obligations, constraints, comforts, and community.

Philip Pullman :

Christopher Hitchens: God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens: The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

John W. Loftus : Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity

Ayaan Hirsi Ali : Infidel

Ibn Warraq: Virgins? What Virgins?: And Other Essays

Ibn Warraq: Why I Am Not a Muslim

Victor J. Stenger: God: The Failed Hypothesis. How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

A. C. Grayling: Meditations for the Humanist: Ethics for a Secular Age

A. C. Grayling: Scepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge

A. C. Grayling: Life, Sex and Ideas: The Good Life without God

A. C. Grayling: Ideas That Matter: A Personal Guide for the 21st Century

Daniel C. Dennett: Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

Daniel C. Dennett: Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life

Richard Dawkins: The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins: The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition--with a new Introduction by the Author

Richard Dawkins: The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design

Richard Dawkins: The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution

Richard Dawkins: Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

Sam Harris: The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

Sam Harris: Letter to a Christian Nation (Vintage)

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