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* [[Felix Dennis]] (1947&ndash;): British magazine publisher and philanthropist.<ref>"I don't read novels unless they are 25 years old, but I have a passion for biography, history, philosophy and popular science. The original popular science writer was Charles Darwin in ''The Voyage of the Beagle''. I must have read it 25 times. My favourite modern writer is Loren Eiseley, who wrote very poetically. I get consolation from such books, maybe because I waver between atheism and agnosticism." Felix Dennis interviewed by Jodie Jones, ''The Daily Telegraph'', March 29, 2008, Weekend, Pg. 3.</ref>
 
* [[Felix Dennis]] (1947&ndash;): British magazine publisher and philanthropist.<ref>"I don't read novels unless they are 25 years old, but I have a passion for biography, history, philosophy and popular science. The original popular science writer was Charles Darwin in ''The Voyage of the Beagle''. I must have read it 25 times. My favourite modern writer is Loren Eiseley, who wrote very poetically. I get consolation from such books, maybe because I waver between atheism and agnosticism." Felix Dennis interviewed by Jodie Jones, ''The Daily Telegraph'', March 29, 2008, Weekend, Pg. 3.</ref>
 
* [[Larry Flynt]] (1942&ndash;): American publisher and the head of Larry Flynt Publications.<ref>Flynt writes "I have left my religious conversion behind and settled into a comfortable state of atheism" in the epilogue of his autobiography ''An Unseemly Man: My Life As A Pornographer, Pundit And Social Outcast'' by Larry Flynt and Kenneth Ross (1996) ISBN 0-7871-1143-0</ref>
 
* [[Larry Flynt]] (1942&ndash;): American publisher and the head of Larry Flynt Publications.<ref>Flynt writes "I have left my religious conversion behind and settled into a comfortable state of atheism" in the epilogue of his autobiography ''An Unseemly Man: My Life As A Pornographer, Pundit And Social Outcast'' by Larry Flynt and Kenneth Ross (1996) ISBN 0-7871-1143-0</ref>
* [[Stephen Girard]] (1750&ndash;1831): [[France|French]] sailor turned American banker and philanthropist.<ref name="SGirard">{{cite journal | last = Gray | first = Carole | title = The Atheist Who Saved The United States (...and the thanks he got for it) | journal = The American Atheist | volume = 37 | issue = 2 | pages = 34-44 | date = Spring 1999 | url = http://njatheist.org/the_Atheist_who_saved_the_usa.html | quote = One of his longtime employees, whose father had also worked for Stephen, said of him, "on the subject of religion, his opinions were atheistical. Let not the reader start, to find himself in company with one, who utterly disbelieved in all modes of a future existence, and who rejected with inward contempt every formulary of religion, as idle, vain, and unmeaning. Yet such were the convictions of Girard, held to his dying hour, and perpetuated in his last testament as a legacy to future generations .... He was known to be totally irreligious; and to attempt to conceal what is notorious, would be to suppress one of the most extraordinary features of his character."}}</ref>
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* [[Stephen Girard]] (1750&ndash;1831): [[France|French]] sailor turned American banker and philanthropist.<ref name="SGirard">{{cite journal | last = Gray | first = Carole | title = The Atheist Who Saved The United States (...and the thanks he got for it) | journal = The American Atheist | volume = 37 | issue = 2 | pages = 34–44 | date = Spring 1999 | url = http://njatheist.org/the_Atheist_who_saved_the_usa.html | quote = One of his longtime employees, whose father had also worked for Stephen, said of him, "on the subject of religion, his opinions were atheistical. Let not the reader start, to find himself in company with one, who utterly disbelieved in all modes of a future existence, and who rejected with inward contempt every formulary of religion, as idle, vain, and unmeaning. Yet such were the convictions of Girard, held to his dying hour, and perpetuated in his last testament as a legacy to future generations .... He was known to be totally irreligious; and to attempt to conceal what is notorious, would be to suppress one of the most extraordinary features of his character."}}</ref>
 
* [[Allan Pinkerton]] (1819&ndash;1884): Scottish-born American [[detective]] and [[espionage|spy]], best known for creating the [[Pinkerton Agency]], the first detective agency of the United States.<ref>"Although christened by a Baptist minister in the Gorbals (August 25, 1819), he had a churchless upbringing and was a lifelong atheist." Richard Davenport-Hines, [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/49497 'Pinkerton, Allan (1819–1884)'], ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'', Oxford University Press, 2004 (accessed May 2, 2008).</ref>  
 
* [[Allan Pinkerton]] (1819&ndash;1884): Scottish-born American [[detective]] and [[espionage|spy]], best known for creating the [[Pinkerton Agency]], the first detective agency of the United States.<ref>"Although christened by a Baptist minister in the Gorbals (August 25, 1819), he had a churchless upbringing and was a lifelong atheist." Richard Davenport-Hines, [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/49497 'Pinkerton, Allan (1819–1884)'], ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'', Oxford University Press, 2004 (accessed May 2, 2008).</ref>  
 
* [[Graeme Samuel]] (19??&ndash;): [[Australian]] businessman, currently serving as the chairman of the [[Australian Competition and Consumer Commission]].<ref>"Well in my own mind I'm absolutely certain. I'm not agnostic, I'm an atheist, but that's a view that's been formed over I guess, 45 years of thinking and of analysing and just - and I have no embarrassment about it, no shame about it, nor any pride. It's my way of life, my way of thinking. I'm an atheist. And I have to say to you that although there are still many who strongly adhere to religions of one form or another, I find many others that when you actually out yourself as an atheist, say, 'Yes, well so am I'." [http://www.abc.net.au/rn/bigideas/stories/2006/1646295.htm# Terry Lane interviews Graeme Samuel], BigIdeas, ABC Radio National, May 28, 2006 (Accessed July 2, 2007)</ref>
 
* [[Graeme Samuel]] (19??&ndash;): [[Australian]] businessman, currently serving as the chairman of the [[Australian Competition and Consumer Commission]].<ref>"Well in my own mind I'm absolutely certain. I'm not agnostic, I'm an atheist, but that's a view that's been formed over I guess, 45 years of thinking and of analysing and just - and I have no embarrassment about it, no shame about it, nor any pride. It's my way of life, my way of thinking. I'm an atheist. And I have to say to you that although there are still many who strongly adhere to religions of one form or another, I find many others that when you actually out yourself as an atheist, say, 'Yes, well so am I'." [http://www.abc.net.au/rn/bigideas/stories/2006/1646295.htm# Terry Lane interviews Graeme Samuel], BigIdeas, ABC Radio National, May 28, 2006 (Accessed July 2, 2007)</ref>
 
* Sir [[Clive Sinclair]] (1940&ndash;): British entrepreneur and inventor of the world's first 'slim-line' electronic pocket calculator and early personal computers.<ref>"Oh God no," says Sir Clive Sinclair. "I was once asked [to be a godparent] and I said I can't, I'm an atheist. Actually I think I did have a couple, once, but I can't say I looked after them. Sort of lost them, or forgot about them." Rosie Millard, 'Godparenthood that rests on fame, not faith', The Independent (London), February 28, 1998, Page 15.</ref>
 
* Sir [[Clive Sinclair]] (1940&ndash;): British entrepreneur and inventor of the world's first 'slim-line' electronic pocket calculator and early personal computers.<ref>"Oh God no," says Sir Clive Sinclair. "I was once asked [to be a godparent] and I said I can't, I'm an atheist. Actually I think I did have a couple, once, but I can't say I looked after them. Sort of lost them, or forgot about them." Rosie Millard, 'Godparenthood that rests on fame, not faith', The Independent (London), February 28, 1998, Page 15.</ref>
 
* [[George Soros]] (1930&ndash;): Hungarian-born investor, philanthropist and writer.<ref>Steve Kroft: Are you a religious man? Soros: No. Kroft: Do you believe in God? Soros: No. ''60 Minutes'', broadcast December 20, 1998.</ref>
 
* [[George Soros]] (1930&ndash;): Hungarian-born investor, philanthropist and writer.<ref>Steve Kroft: Are you a religious man? Soros: No. Kroft: Do you believe in God? Soros: No. ''60 Minutes'', broadcast December 20, 1998.</ref>
* [[Warren Buffett]] (1930&ndash;): American-born investor and philanthropist.<ref>"He did not subscribe to his family's religion. Even at a young age he was too mathematical, too logical, to make the leap of faith. He adopted his father's ethical underpinnings, but not his belief in an unseen divinity." --from Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist, by Roger Lowenstein (Doubleday, 1995), page 13.</ref>
 
 
* [[Christer Sturmark]] (1964&ndash;): [[Sweden|Swedish]] [[Information technology|IT]] entrepreneur and chairman of [[Humanisterna|The Swedish Humanist Organisation]].<ref>{{sv icon}} ''Translation:'' I am also an atheist. I find that just about everybody are atheists. The religions of the world has created many gods. Hinduism has millions. Most of the people I meet that call themselves Christians are atheists when it comes to all gods, except for one. [http://www.sturmark.se/item.php?item%20id=273 Jag är en sökare!]</ref>
 
* [[Christer Sturmark]] (1964&ndash;): [[Sweden|Swedish]] [[Information technology|IT]] entrepreneur and chairman of [[Humanisterna|The Swedish Humanist Organisation]].<ref>{{sv icon}} ''Translation:'' I am also an atheist. I find that just about everybody are atheists. The religions of the world has created many gods. Hinduism has millions. Most of the people I meet that call themselves Christians are atheists when it comes to all gods, except for one. [http://www.sturmark.se/item.php?item%20id=273 Jag är en sökare!]</ref>
* [[Dana White]] (1969&ndash;): American entrepreneur and current president of the [[Ultimate Fighting Championship]] (UFC), a mixed martial arts organization. <ref> "I don't believe in God, the devil, ghosts or any of that shit. But I'm still fascinated by religion -- how violent and crazy it is. That stuff sticks with you." ''[[Playboy]] Magazine'', Sept 2008, pg. 48. </ref>  
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* [[Alan Sugar|Sir Alan Sugar]] (1947&ndash;): English [[entrepreneur]], [[businessman]], and [[television personality]].<ref>" He also says he is dead proud of his Jewishness. "Not in a religious way - I don't believe in God and all that. But I am Jewish, and very proud to be so, very proud of the culture." " Sam Wollaston interviewing Sugar, '[http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/mar/25/apprentice-television Sir Alan will see you now]', ''The Guardian'' (London), 25 March 2009, Features pages, Pg. 8 (online version accessed 25 March 2009).</ref>
 
* [[Will Wyatt]] (1942&ndash;): British media consultant and company director, formerly a journalist, television producer and senior executive at the [[BBC]].<ref>"Mr Wyatt, an atheist, said that he had no axe to grind, and was struck by how much more different - "and accurate" - the BBC's description of Christianity was, where the birth of Jesus was mentioned as being "believed by Christians" and that Jesus "claimed" that he spoke with the authority of God." Hugh Davies, 'BBC site guilty of 'cringeing' ', ''Daily Telegraph'', February 8, 2006, Pg. 7.</ref>
 
* [[Will Wyatt]] (1942&ndash;): British media consultant and company director, formerly a journalist, television producer and senior executive at the [[BBC]].<ref>"Mr Wyatt, an atheist, said that he had no axe to grind, and was struck by how much more different - "and accurate" - the BBC's description of Christianity was, where the birth of Jesus was mentioned as being "believed by Christians" and that Jesus "claimed" that he spoke with the authority of God." Hugh Davies, 'BBC site guilty of 'cringeing' ', ''Daily Telegraph'', February 8, 2006, Pg. 7.</ref>
 
* [[Mark Zuckerberg]] (1984&ndash;): Founder and [[CEO]] of [[Facebook]]<ref>[http://www.facebook.com/s.php?k=100000080&id=4 Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook]</ref><ref>Zuckerberg "considers himself an atheist." [http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB119621309736406034.html Just How Much Do We Want to Share On Social Networks?], by Vauhini Vara, ''The Wall Street Journal'', November 28, 2007 (Accessed March 30, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Mark Zuckerberg]] (1984&ndash;): Founder and [[CEO]] of [[Facebook]]<ref>[http://www.facebook.com/s.php?k=100000080&id=4 Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook]</ref><ref>Zuckerberg "considers himself an atheist." [http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB119621309736406034.html Just How Much Do We Want to Share On Social Networks?], by Vauhini Vara, ''The Wall Street Journal'', November 28, 2007 (Accessed March 30, 2008).</ref>
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* [[Dave Allen (comedian)|Dave Allen]] (1936&ndash;2005): Irish comedian, popular on United Kingdom and Australian television in the 1960s, 1970s and also in the 1990s.<ref>"Allen had little time for those who unquestioningly accept the tenets of any creed or system of thought. He applied this stricture equally to himself, and used humour to undermine even his own scepticism ("I'm an atheist, thank God"). [...] "His baffled humanity," wrote Charles Spencer, the theatre critic of The Daily Telegraph, in 1993, "his perplexity in the face of life's mysteries and irritations, are the qualities that make him such a fine and sometimes moving comedian. He's a blaspheming atheist on the side of the angels." " Obituary of Dave Allen, Daily Telegraph, March 12, 2005, Pg. 029.</ref>
 
* [[Dave Allen (comedian)|Dave Allen]] (1936&ndash;2005): Irish comedian, popular on United Kingdom and Australian television in the 1960s, 1970s and also in the 1990s.<ref>"Allen had little time for those who unquestioningly accept the tenets of any creed or system of thought. He applied this stricture equally to himself, and used humour to undermine even his own scepticism ("I'm an atheist, thank God"). [...] "His baffled humanity," wrote Charles Spencer, the theatre critic of The Daily Telegraph, in 1993, "his perplexity in the face of life's mysteries and irritations, are the qualities that make him such a fine and sometimes moving comedian. He's a blaspheming atheist on the side of the angels." " Obituary of Dave Allen, Daily Telegraph, March 12, 2005, Pg. 029.</ref>
* [[Keith Allen]] (1953&ndash;): British comedian, actor, singer and writer, father of [[Lilly Allen]].<ref>"One of the many reasons Allen made the documentary was to explore his own atheism. Unlike most non-believers, he claims, in all seriousness, to have once seen God. It was at Glastonbury during the 1980s, and (as is the case with most of the splendid anecdotes that litter his conversation), it involved enough mind-altering substances to stun a baby elephant. [...] Like any considered atheist, particularly one who will burn in Hell, he lives according to a moral code that refuses to romanticise things like love, or devotion." Guy Adams, [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/serious-documentary-maker-is-keith-allen-having-a-laugh-454048.html Serious documentary maker? Is Keith Allen having a laugh?], ''The Independent'' June 21, 2007 (accessed April 25, 2008).</ref>
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* [[Dara Ó Briain]] (1972&ndash;): Irish comedian and television presenter.<ref>{{cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Dara OBriain Talks Funny | date= | publisher= | url =http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_uADEKX_3w | work =YouTube | pages = | accessdate = 2009-06-25 | language = }}</ref>
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* [[Keith Allen]] (1953&ndash;): British comedian, actor, singer and writer, father of [[Lily Allen]].<ref>"One of the many reasons Allen made the documentary was to explore his own atheism. Unlike most non-believers, he claims, in all seriousness, to have once seen God. It was at Glastonbury during the 1980s, and (as is the case with most of the splendid anecdotes that litter his conversation), it involved enough mind-altering substances to stun a baby elephant. [...] Like any considered atheist, particularly one who will burn in Hell, he lives according to a moral code that refuses to romanticise things like love, or devotion." Guy Adams, [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/serious-documentary-maker-is-keith-allen-having-a-laugh-454048.html Serious documentary maker? Is Keith Allen having a laugh?], ''The Independent'' June 21, 2007 (accessed April 25, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Wil Anderson]] (1974&ndash;): Australian television, radio and [[stand-up comedy|stand-up]] [[comedian]], former host of [[Australian Broadcasting Corporation|ABC]]'s ''[[The Glass House (TV series)|The Glass House]]''.<ref>'Of course, Anderson has never avoided controversy, but this show promises to be his most contentious yet. As an out-and-proud atheist, he's asking, "If the world truly does have an intelligent design, why is everything so f---ed?"'&mdash;Lallo, Michael (April 5, 2007), [http://www.theage.com.au/news/tv--radio/in-your-face/2007/04/04/1175366249867.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1 Wil to Succeed], ''[[The Age]]'', [[Fairfax Media]]. Retrieved November 15, 2007.</ref>
 
* [[Wil Anderson]] (1974&ndash;): Australian television, radio and [[stand-up comedy|stand-up]] [[comedian]], former host of [[Australian Broadcasting Corporation|ABC]]'s ''[[The Glass House (TV series)|The Glass House]]''.<ref>'Of course, Anderson has never avoided controversy, but this show promises to be his most contentious yet. As an out-and-proud atheist, he's asking, "If the world truly does have an intelligent design, why is everything so f---ed?"'&mdash;Lallo, Michael (April 5, 2007), [http://www.theage.com.au/news/tv--radio/in-your-face/2007/04/04/1175366249867.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1 Wil to Succeed], ''[[The Age]]'', [[Fairfax Media]]. Retrieved November 15, 2007.</ref>
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* [[David Baddiel]] (1964&ndash;): English comedian, novelist and television presenter.<ref>"This project springs from Updike's understanding of God, his deep religious conviction that God is as present in cabbages, vaginas, golf and dentist's chairs as he is in churches. I don't believe in God, although I do sometimes when reading Updike. Make no mistake, we are living in the time of a master. He is up there with Dickens, with Austen - sod it, he's up there with Shakespeare. The only person I can think of with more talent is Ronaldinho. Now can I have that lunch invitation?" David Baddiel, 'Finding Updike's best lines is like trying to pick the best fish in the sea', ''The Times'' (London), 17 June 2006, Books, Pg. 3.</ref>
 
* [[Matt Besser]](1967&ndash;): American comedian.<ref>""My name is Matt Besser, and I'm an Arkansas Razorback. My father is a Jew from Little Rock, Ark., my mother was a Christian from Harrison, Ark., and somehow I'm an atheist now living in L.A. I am a Razorback living in the Razorback diaspora." Thus begins ''Woo Pig Sooie'', Matt Besser's one-man comedic rant that fearlessly confronts all the folly and confusion of what it means to be religious in America."'[http://www.nashvillescene.com/2006-06-01/arts/razor-sharp/2 Razor Sharp]', ''Nashville Scene'', June 1, 2006 (accessed August 20, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Matt Besser]](1967&ndash;): American comedian.<ref>""My name is Matt Besser, and I'm an Arkansas Razorback. My father is a Jew from Little Rock, Ark., my mother was a Christian from Harrison, Ark., and somehow I'm an atheist now living in L.A. I am a Razorback living in the Razorback diaspora." Thus begins ''Woo Pig Sooie'', Matt Besser's one-man comedic rant that fearlessly confronts all the folly and confusion of what it means to be religious in America."'[http://www.nashvillescene.com/2006-06-01/arts/razor-sharp/2 Razor Sharp]', ''Nashville Scene'', June 1, 2006 (accessed August 20, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Abie Philbin Bowman]] (19??&ndash;):  Irish comedian and columnist, writer/director/performer of ''Jesus: The Guantanamo Years''.<ref>"Don't expect Jerry Springer-style controversy, however. Bowman, an atheist, has found that "most Christians are so disgusted by Guantanamo that I don't get many people saying it's offensive". And playing Jesus has even infiltrated his own personality: "I feel myself being more humble and trying to understand people with compassion rather than getting angry." " Emma John, 'A funny thing happened on the way to redemption', ''The Guardian'', August 14, 2006, G2, Pg. 22.</ref>
 
* [[Abie Philbin Bowman]] (19??&ndash;):  Irish comedian and columnist, writer/director/performer of ''Jesus: The Guantanamo Years''.<ref>"Don't expect Jerry Springer-style controversy, however. Bowman, an atheist, has found that "most Christians are so disgusted by Guantanamo that I don't get many people saying it's offensive". And playing Jesus has even infiltrated his own personality: "I feel myself being more humble and trying to understand people with compassion rather than getting angry." " Emma John, 'A funny thing happened on the way to redemption', ''The Guardian'', August 14, 2006, G2, Pg. 22.</ref>
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* [[Adam Carolla]] (1964&ndash;): American comedian, actor and comedy writer.<ref>When asked by [[Penn Jillette]] if he was an atheist, Carolla replied "Yes." Interview on [[Penn Radio]], 09-Mar-2006. [http://www.pennfans.net/view/Audio_Archive/PennRadio/The.Penn.Jillette.Radio.Show.2006.03.09/ Audio] hosted at [http://www.pennfans.net Penn Fans website]. Accessed October 29, 2007.</ref>
 
* [[Adam Carolla]] (1964&ndash;): American comedian, actor and comedy writer.<ref>When asked by [[Penn Jillette]] if he was an atheist, Carolla replied "Yes." Interview on [[Penn Radio]], 09-Mar-2006. [http://www.pennfans.net/view/Audio_Archive/PennRadio/The.Penn.Jillette.Radio.Show.2006.03.09/ Audio] hosted at [http://www.pennfans.net Penn Fans website]. Accessed October 29, 2007.</ref>
 
* [[Jimmy Carr]] (1972&ndash;): English-Irish comedian.<ref>"There's no God - grow up!". {{cite video|people=Jimmy Carr|title=Jimmy Carr Comedian|medium=DVD|publisher=Channel 4 DVD|date=2007}}</ref>
 
* [[Jimmy Carr]] (1972&ndash;): English-Irish comedian.<ref>"There's no God - grow up!". {{cite video|people=Jimmy Carr|title=Jimmy Carr Comedian|medium=DVD|publisher=Channel 4 DVD|date=2007}}</ref>
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* [[Charlie Chaplin]] (1889&ndash;1977): English comedian, actor, director and producer.<ref>[http://www.atheistempire.com/greatminds/quotes.php?author=35 "By simple common sense I don't believe in God, in none."]</ref>
 
* [[Pat Condell]] (1951&ndash;): [[England|English]] [[stand-up comedy|stand up comedian]], writer and [[secularism|secularist]].<ref>[http://www.timeout.com/london/comedy/features/2217.html Pat Condell: interview - Features - Comedy - Time Out London<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref>
 
* [[Pat Condell]] (1951&ndash;): [[England|English]] [[stand-up comedy|stand up comedian]], writer and [[secularism|secularist]].<ref>[http://www.timeout.com/london/comedy/features/2217.html Pat Condell: interview - Features - Comedy - Time Out London<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref>
* [[Billy Connolly]] (1942&ndash;): Scottish comedian, musician and presenter, also known as an actor in films such as [[Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events]] and [[Mrs. Brown]].<ref>"Connolly has tackled drama before, notably in the film Mrs Brown, with Dame Judi Dench, but he's never portrayed anyone like Father Joe, who is psychic and possibly deranged. "I was brought up as a Catholic," Connolly says. "Aye, I have a cousin who is a nun and another cousin who is a missionary priest in Pakistan." He pauses and smiles. "And I am an atheist." " Elaine Lipworth interviewing Connolly, '[http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/day-and-night/features/no-laughing-matter-1444407.html No laughing matter]', ''Independent'' (Dublin), August 1, 2008 (accessed August 1, 2008).</ref>
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* [[Billy Connolly]] (1942&ndash;): Scottish comedian, musician and presenter, also known as an actor in films such as [[Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events]], [[The Man who Sued God]] and [[Mrs. Brown]].<ref>"Connolly has tackled drama before, notably in the film Mrs Brown, with Dame Judi Dench, but he's never portrayed anyone like Father Joe, who is psychic and possibly deranged. "I was brought up as a Catholic," Connolly says. "Aye, I have a cousin who is a nun and another cousin who is a missionary priest in Pakistan." He pauses and smiles. "And I am an atheist." " Elaine Lipworth interviewing Connolly, '[http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/day-and-night/features/no-laughing-matter-1444407.html No laughing matter]', ''Independent'' (Dublin), August 1, 2008 (accessed August 1, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[David Cross]] (1964&ndash;): American actor and comedian.<ref>Appearance on ABC's "Politically Incorrect" (March 9, 1998) "I was born Jewish, but I am an atheist. I don't believe in God."[http://www.ffrf.org/day/?day=4&month=4]</ref>
 
* [[David Cross]] (1964&ndash;): American actor and comedian.<ref>Appearance on ABC's "Politically Incorrect" (March 9, 1998) "I was born Jewish, but I am an atheist. I don't believe in God."[http://www.ffrf.org/day/?day=4&month=4]</ref>
 
* [[Catherine Deveny]] (1968&ndash;): Australian comedy writer, stand-up comedian and sometimes controversial opinion columnist in [[the Age]] newspaper.<ref>"I don't give a stuff what people believe in, but it won't stop me poking at it or prodding it. Why should religion be any exemption? Telling me I'm going to hell won't bother me because I have the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the Invisible Pink Unicorn and Bertrand Russell's Teapot in my heart. Google them if you are in the market for some red hot enlightenment. Over the past couple of weeks Catholic-bashing has been elevated to the level of an extreme sport. Put your hand down at the back there, I'm allowed to. I spent every Sunday for the first 18 years of my life sitting in a medieval torture chamber listening to a bloke bang on about his imaginary friend who did magic tricks. Then the next 20 years massaging, editing and pruning the brainwashing into something that fit until suddenly I woke up one day and realised I was an atheist. I wasn't searching for anything. I wasn't dabbling or questioning. I wasn't having any kind of spiritual breakdown. I just opened my eyes one day, looked around and realised that I had once been standing in a house and one by one the walls had collapsed and there was no longer a house there. I was standing out in the open. It was very liberating." Catherine Deveny, '[http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/red-hot-enlightenment-led-me-to-believe-in-one-fewer-god-20080722-3jas.html?page=-1 Red hot enlightenment led me to believe in one fewer god]', July 23, 2008 (accessed July 22, 2008, 13.00 BST).</ref>
 
* [[Catherine Deveny]] (1968&ndash;): Australian comedy writer, stand-up comedian and sometimes controversial opinion columnist in [[the Age]] newspaper.<ref>"I don't give a stuff what people believe in, but it won't stop me poking at it or prodding it. Why should religion be any exemption? Telling me I'm going to hell won't bother me because I have the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the Invisible Pink Unicorn and Bertrand Russell's Teapot in my heart. Google them if you are in the market for some red hot enlightenment. Over the past couple of weeks Catholic-bashing has been elevated to the level of an extreme sport. Put your hand down at the back there, I'm allowed to. I spent every Sunday for the first 18 years of my life sitting in a medieval torture chamber listening to a bloke bang on about his imaginary friend who did magic tricks. Then the next 20 years massaging, editing and pruning the brainwashing into something that fit until suddenly I woke up one day and realised I was an atheist. I wasn't searching for anything. I wasn't dabbling or questioning. I wasn't having any kind of spiritual breakdown. I just opened my eyes one day, looked around and realised that I had once been standing in a house and one by one the walls had collapsed and there was no longer a house there. I was standing out in the open. It was very liberating." Catherine Deveny, '[http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/red-hot-enlightenment-led-me-to-believe-in-one-fewer-god-20080722-3jas.html?page=-1 Red hot enlightenment led me to believe in one fewer god]', July 23, 2008 (accessed July 22, 2008, 13.00 BST).</ref>
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* [[Kathy Griffin]] (1963&ndash;): American comedian.<ref>Speaking to Sacramento’s ''Outword Magazine'', Griffin said: "...I think I’m getting more atheist because of the way the country is getting more into bible-thumping." See [http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=7086 Quotelines], by Rex Wockner at Windy City Times (Accessed August 29, 2006).</ref>  
 
* [[Kathy Griffin]] (1963&ndash;): American comedian.<ref>Speaking to Sacramento’s ''Outword Magazine'', Griffin said: "...I think I’m getting more atheist because of the way the country is getting more into bible-thumping." See [http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=7086 Quotelines], by Rex Wockner at Windy City Times (Accessed August 29, 2006).</ref>  
 
* [[Andy Hamilton]] (1954&ndash;): English comedian, game show panellist, director and comedy scriptwriter for television and radio.<ref>"A book that changed me ... The Bible. It turned me into an atheist." '[http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20070310/ai_n18711492 Andy Hamilton, comedian]', ''The Independent'' (London), March 10, 2007 (accessed July 22, 2008).</ref>  
 
* [[Andy Hamilton]] (1954&ndash;): English comedian, game show panellist, director and comedy scriptwriter for television and radio.<ref>"A book that changed me ... The Bible. It turned me into an atheist." '[http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20070310/ai_n18711492 Andy Hamilton, comedian]', ''The Independent'' (London), March 10, 2007 (accessed July 22, 2008).</ref>  
* [[Jeremy Hardy]] (1961&ndash;): English alternative comedian, frequently on [[BBC Radio 4]] shows such as [[The News Quiz]] and [[I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue]]. <ref>"Did you know... Jeremy is an atheist... He got into trouble for bringing into question Jesus's sexuality on the News Quiz... He supports the reunification of Northern Ireland with Eire..." '[http://www.bbc.co.uk/leicester/content/articles/2004/11/03/jeremy_hardy_y_theatre_event_feature.shtml Previews: Jeremy Hardy at Y Theatre]', BBC Leicester, November 3, 2004 (accessed July 22, 2008).</ref>
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* [[Jeremy Hardy]] (1961&ndash;): English alternative comedian, frequently on [[BBC Radio 4]] shows such as [[The News Quiz]] and [[I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue]].<ref>"And what about religion? Mr Hardy has always been an atheist. "If people become religious as a result of a prison sentence or a nervous breakdown, that's fine, but it isn't something that should be indoctrinated into children. If God wants to reveal himself, then let him reveal himself to people who have been through puberty and got their hormones settled down." " Fran Abrams interviewing Hardy, 'Comic Takes Teachers Near The Funny Bone', ''Times Educational Supplement'', 3 May 2002, Pg.10.</ref>
 
* [[Richard Herring]] (1967&ndash;): British comedian and writer, best known as part of [[Lee and Herring]].<ref>"In the programme for ''It's Not the End of the World'', Richard Herring, its writer and star, admits that, like the play's "make-believe character Ian Nathan," he first found out about Nostradamus in Weston-Super- Mare in 1984. On reading about the predicted apocalypse, 16-year-old Herring convinced himself that, to survive, he'd have to escape somewhere remote in July 1999. Even though he's now a "rational atheist", Herring made sure he had his just-in-case cake and ate it when he escaped to Fiji last month with "the convenient excuse of researching and writing this play"." Maeve Walsh, 'Edinburgh Festival Fringe', ''The Independent'' (London), August 22, 1999, Features, Pg. 6.</ref>
 
* [[Richard Herring]] (1967&ndash;): British comedian and writer, best known as part of [[Lee and Herring]].<ref>"In the programme for ''It's Not the End of the World'', Richard Herring, its writer and star, admits that, like the play's "make-believe character Ian Nathan," he first found out about Nostradamus in Weston-Super- Mare in 1984. On reading about the predicted apocalypse, 16-year-old Herring convinced himself that, to survive, he'd have to escape somewhere remote in July 1999. Even though he's now a "rational atheist", Herring made sure he had his just-in-case cake and ate it when he escaped to Fiji last month with "the convenient excuse of researching and writing this play"." Maeve Walsh, 'Edinburgh Festival Fringe', ''The Independent'' (London), August 22, 1999, Features, Pg. 6.</ref>
* [[Robin Ince]] (1969&ndash;): British comedian. (According to his official<ref>{{cite web|title=Robin Ince Tour Dates|url=http://www.ents24.com/web/artist/12597/robin_ince.html|accessdate=2007-11-10}}</ref> MySpace page<ref>{{cite web|last=Ince|first=Robin|title=Myspace.com - Robin Ince|url=http://www.myspace.com/robinince|accessdate=2007-11-10}}</ref>)
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* [[Robin Ince]] (1969&ndash;): English stand-up comedian, actor, writer and impressionist.<ref>"As with most TV recordings, everything was running late and I had another gig not long after this one. Stephen Green was the only person who requested make up (such vanity must spit at the lord) while we atheists were left to be the pasty, snaggle-toothed demons we are presumed to be. [...] I told them how I couldn’t find a teacher amongst my friends who was not involved in a nativity and how I, as an atheist, was happy to see that wherever I travelled there were carol singers and Christmas things. Stephen Green decided he would not believe me and kept saying, 'I don't think he's as happy about that as he said'. Yes I am, I just don't like people being fed with lies. [...] As I walked off after expounding on my atheist ire, I was reminded of another terrifying moment of lazy theorising from the slack-eyed Christian propagandists and hack icons. They proudly declared how Christian the nation was according to the most recent census. Then, they whined about how few children knew where Jesus was born." Robin Ince, '[http://www.chortle.co.uk/correspondents/2007/12/20/6175/the_day_i_went_psycho_on_tv The day I went psycho on TV]', ''Chortle'', 20 December 2007 (accessed 30 September 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Eddie Izzard]] (1962&ndash;): English stand-up comedian and actor, winner of several awards.<ref>"Izzard is now back on the road with "Stripped," his first national tour in five years. The comedian, who returns to Cleveland for two dates Friday and Saturday at the Palace Theatre, said his current material is based largely around the notion of God. Specifically, Izzard said over the past few years he's been transformed from an agnostic into an atheist and he's using "Stripped" as a vehicle to present his argument. "What's kind of interesting is America really seems to be locked in step with God," Izzard said. "I just see god and the devil inside of people, as opposed to being up in the clouds. And why would he be in the clouds, it's so damp. Why would he have 4.5 billion years of the Earth and only develop language over the past 100,000 years? Because you can't have religion without language. And if you look at the voting record of God, it's (expletive). There's too much death, pestilence, all of that hell. Why did he do all that and if he didn't do that, then what's the point of that? He isn't controlling everything. I'm sure the Jewish people prayed really hard during World War II and nothing seemed to happen. That's my big conclusion." " John Benson interviewing Izzard, [http://www.vindy.com/news/2008/may/22/comedian-izzard-finds-edge-on-stage/ Comedian Izzard finds edge on stage], May 22, 2008 (accessed June 13, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Eddie Izzard]] (1962&ndash;): English stand-up comedian and actor, winner of several awards.<ref>"Izzard is now back on the road with "Stripped," his first national tour in five years. The comedian, who returns to Cleveland for two dates Friday and Saturday at the Palace Theatre, said his current material is based largely around the notion of God. Specifically, Izzard said over the past few years he's been transformed from an agnostic into an atheist and he's using "Stripped" as a vehicle to present his argument. "What's kind of interesting is America really seems to be locked in step with God," Izzard said. "I just see god and the devil inside of people, as opposed to being up in the clouds. And why would he be in the clouds, it's so damp. Why would he have 4.5 billion years of the Earth and only develop language over the past 100,000 years? Because you can't have religion without language. And if you look at the voting record of God, it's (expletive). There's too much death, pestilence, all of that hell. Why did he do all that and if he didn't do that, then what's the point of that? He isn't controlling everything. I'm sure the Jewish people prayed really hard during World War II and nothing seemed to happen. That's my big conclusion." " John Benson interviewing Izzard, [http://www.vindy.com/news/2008/may/22/comedian-izzard-finds-edge-on-stage/ Comedian Izzard finds edge on stage], May 22, 2008 (accessed June 13, 2008).</ref>
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* [[Jim Jeffries (comedian)|Jim Jeffries]] (19??&ndash;): Australian comedian.<ref>"But Jefferies isn't just cruising on shock appeal. His long bit on why he's an atheist, while it may offend some religious folks, is well crafted, funny and doesn't rely at all on four-letter words." David Hinckley reviewing Jefferies's ''I Swear to God'', 'For jokes, Jefferies follows true coarse', ''Daily News'' (New York), May 16, 2009, Pg. 51.</ref>
 
* [[Dom Joly]] (1967&ndash;): Award-winning British television comedian and journalist, best known as the star of [[Trigger Happy TV]].<ref>On the introduction by his children of a swearbox to his household, Joly wrote: "Our biggest area of contention at home is blasphemy. Jackson follows me round the house waiting for me to say "oh Jesus" or "for God's sake", two of my favourite expressions. I tried to get a ruling excluding these from punishment, on the grounds that I'm an atheist and don't consider them to be swear words." [http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/dom-joly/dom-joly-its-50p-a-swear-word-and-the-pot-stands-at-16375-812077.html Dom Joly: It's 50p a swear word... and the pot stands at £75], ''The Independent'', April 20, 2008 (accessed April 21, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Dom Joly]] (1967&ndash;): Award-winning British television comedian and journalist, best known as the star of [[Trigger Happy TV]].<ref>On the introduction by his children of a swearbox to his household, Joly wrote: "Our biggest area of contention at home is blasphemy. Jackson follows me round the house waiting for me to say "oh Jesus" or "for God's sake", two of my favourite expressions. I tried to get a ruling excluding these from punishment, on the grounds that I'm an atheist and don't consider them to be swear words." [http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/dom-joly/dom-joly-its-50p-a-swear-word-and-the-pot-stands-at-16375-812077.html Dom Joly: It's 50p a swear word... and the pot stands at £75], ''The Independent'', April 20, 2008 (accessed April 21, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Stewart Lee]] (1968&ndash;): English stand-up comedian, writer and director, best known as one half of [[Lee and Herring]] and for co-writing and directing the critically-acclaimed and controversial stage show [[Jerry Springer: The Opera]].<ref>" Nevertheless, they do take time to respond to their critics. "We're not ignorant," Lee says. "If a Christian writes and says they don't like it, I always write back explaining I'm an atheist and telling them where they can get more literature on the subject." " Janie Lawrence interviewing Lee and Herring, ''The Independent'' (London), December 14, 1996, Pg. 39.</ref>
 
* [[Stewart Lee]] (1968&ndash;): English stand-up comedian, writer and director, best known as one half of [[Lee and Herring]] and for co-writing and directing the critically-acclaimed and controversial stage show [[Jerry Springer: The Opera]].<ref>" Nevertheless, they do take time to respond to their critics. "We're not ignorant," Lee says. "If a Christian writes and says they don't like it, I always write back explaining I'm an atheist and telling them where they can get more literature on the subject." " Janie Lawrence interviewing Lee and Herring, ''The Independent'' (London), December 14, 1996, Pg. 39.</ref>
 
* [[Tim Minchin]] (1975&ndash;): Australian comedian, actor, composer, songwriter, pianist, musical director, winner of the 2005 Best Newcomer [[Perrier Comedy Award]].<ref>"It's not just his own pretensions that Minchin likes to skewer. He is a punchy atheist who devours scepticism in literature and podcasts. For example, he will announce mildly, "This is a song about anal sex and God", or croon an emotional ballad, the kind that wouldn't be out of place on a Whitlams album, about his profound scepticism of homeopathy." Jackie Maley interviewing Minchin, 'Scary weird little guy', ''Sunday Age'' (Melbourne, Australia), July 13, 2008, Section M, Preview; Pg. 24.</ref>
 
* [[Tim Minchin]] (1975&ndash;): Australian comedian, actor, composer, songwriter, pianist, musical director, winner of the 2005 Best Newcomer [[Perrier Comedy Award]].<ref>"It's not just his own pretensions that Minchin likes to skewer. He is a punchy atheist who devours scepticism in literature and podcasts. For example, he will announce mildly, "This is a song about anal sex and God", or croon an emotional ballad, the kind that wouldn't be out of place on a Whitlams album, about his profound scepticism of homeopathy." Jackie Maley interviewing Minchin, 'Scary weird little guy', ''Sunday Age'' (Melbourne, Australia), July 13, 2008, Section M, Preview; Pg. 24.</ref>
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* [[Dylan Moran]] (1971&ndash;): Irish comedian, most famous for the creation and role in hit British sitcom [[Black Books]], as well as his work with [[Simon Pegg]] in movies such as [[Shaun of the Dead]] and [[Run Fatboy Run]].<ref>Moran says in the video of his live show ''Monster'': "To me religion seems like a bunch of people talking to their imaginary friend." Quoted in the [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0439553/quotes IMDB entry for ''Monster''].</ref>
 
* [[Dermot Morgan]] (1952&ndash;1998): Irish comedian and actor, who achieved international renown as Father Ted Crilly in the Channel 4 sitcom [[Father Ted]].<ref>"Craggy Island would soak up the irony. From beyond the grave, Dermot Morgan, a staunch atheist who savaged the Catholic Church, is delivering a final kick to the priests who gave him a hero's send-off." Rory Carroll, 'Catholic critic Father Ted still causing controversy', ''The Guardian'', April 23, 1998, Pg. 4.</ref><ref>[http://spiritofgenovia.com/frted/d_morgan/obit_1.htm Father Ted actor Dermot Morgan has died]</ref>
 
* [[Dermot Morgan]] (1952&ndash;1998): Irish comedian and actor, who achieved international renown as Father Ted Crilly in the Channel 4 sitcom [[Father Ted]].<ref>"Craggy Island would soak up the irony. From beyond the grave, Dermot Morgan, a staunch atheist who savaged the Catholic Church, is delivering a final kick to the priests who gave him a hero's send-off." Rory Carroll, 'Catholic critic Father Ted still causing controversy', ''The Guardian'', April 23, 1998, Pg. 4.</ref><ref>[http://spiritofgenovia.com/frted/d_morgan/obit_1.htm Father Ted actor Dermot Morgan has died]</ref>
 
* [[Patton Oswalt]] (1969&ndash;): American actor and comedian.<ref>"[Oswalt is] an atheist..." [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4155/is_20061005/ai_n16774459 MySpace must be doing something right], Chicago Sun-Times, Oct 5, 2006 by Andy Ihnatko (Accessed December 20, 2006)</ref>
 
* [[Patton Oswalt]] (1969&ndash;): American actor and comedian.<ref>"[Oswalt is] an atheist..." [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4155/is_20061005/ai_n16774459 MySpace must be doing something right], Chicago Sun-Times, Oct 5, 2006 by Andy Ihnatko (Accessed December 20, 2006)</ref>
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* [[Paula Poundstone]] (1959&ndash;): An American stand-up comedian. She is known for her quiet, self-deprecating style, political observations, and her trademark style of dress: a suit and tie.<ref>Paula Poundstone has mentioned her atheism in several appearances on the radio show, [[Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!]].  She also states that she is an atheist on her website. [http://www.paulapoundstone.com/html/heppy.php]</ref>
 
* [[Arthur Smith (comedian)|Arthur Smith]] (1954&ndash;): English [[Alternative comedy|alternative comedian]] and writer.<ref>"Digger: What makes you laugh and what makes you sad? Arthur: Laugh... Woody Allen. Sad ... The patent mortality that lurks at the edge of one's vision. Digger: The fact that we know we're going to die? Arthur: Yes, I speak as a rationalist and an agnostic/atheist - the essential tragedy of the end of life." [http://www.retrosellers.com/features155.htm Digger talks to Arthur Smith, comedian and writer], January 2008 (accessed July 15, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Arthur Smith (comedian)|Arthur Smith]] (1954&ndash;): English [[Alternative comedy|alternative comedian]] and writer.<ref>"Digger: What makes you laugh and what makes you sad? Arthur: Laugh... Woody Allen. Sad ... The patent mortality that lurks at the edge of one's vision. Digger: The fact that we know we're going to die? Arthur: Yes, I speak as a rationalist and an agnostic/atheist - the essential tragedy of the end of life." [http://www.retrosellers.com/features155.htm Digger talks to Arthur Smith, comedian and writer], January 2008 (accessed July 15, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Linda Smith (comedian)|Linda Smith]] (1958&ndash;2006): English comedian and comedy writer, president of the British Humanist Association from 2004 until her death.<ref>"But it was secondary school, Bexleyheath Comprehensive, that really put me off God. I suddenly thought in assembly that this was all rubbish, all these stupid old gits like the headmaster and the deputy headmaster reading out this piffle and all these sulky kids moving their mouths to these hymns. I do remember enquiring whether or not you could be removed from assembly on the grounds of being an atheist, but I was told that it didn't count. You could only be excluded if you were Jewish, Catholic or Muslim. But not believing in God was not a valid reason." Linda Smith, [http://newhumanist.org.uk/783 Anarchist with attitude: Laurie Taylor interviews Linda Smith], ''New Humanist'' Volume 119 Issue September 5/October 2004 (accessed April 22, 2008)</ref><ref>"An atheist from childhood, Linda Smith was appointed president of the British Humanist Society in 2004, declaring her intention to wake up a society which she felt had become stuck in the past." [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/03/01/db0102.xml&sSheet=/portal/2006/03/01/ixportal.html ''Daily Telegraph'' obituary: Linda Smith], March 1, 2006 (accessed April 22, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Linda Smith (comedian)|Linda Smith]] (1958&ndash;2006): English comedian and comedy writer, president of the British Humanist Association from 2004 until her death.<ref>"But it was secondary school, Bexleyheath Comprehensive, that really put me off God. I suddenly thought in assembly that this was all rubbish, all these stupid old gits like the headmaster and the deputy headmaster reading out this piffle and all these sulky kids moving their mouths to these hymns. I do remember enquiring whether or not you could be removed from assembly on the grounds of being an atheist, but I was told that it didn't count. You could only be excluded if you were Jewish, Catholic or Muslim. But not believing in God was not a valid reason." Linda Smith, [http://newhumanist.org.uk/783 Anarchist with attitude: Laurie Taylor interviews Linda Smith], ''New Humanist'' Volume 119 Issue September 5/October 2004 (accessed April 22, 2008)</ref><ref>"An atheist from childhood, Linda Smith was appointed president of the British Humanist Society in 2004, declaring her intention to wake up a society which she felt had become stuck in the past." [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/03/01/db0102.xml&sSheet=/portal/2006/03/01/ixportal.html ''Daily Telegraph'' obituary: Linda Smith], March 1, 2006 (accessed April 22, 2008).</ref>
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* [[Robin Lane Fox]] (1946&ndash;): English academic and historian, currently a Fellow of New College, Oxford, Lecturer in Ancient History at Exeter College, Oxford and University Reader in Ancient History.<ref>In the preface to his book ''The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible'' (1991), Lane Fox states: "I write as an atheist, but there are Christian and Jewish scholars whose versions [of the history of the Bible] would be far more radical than mine." (Penguin paperback edition 2006, p.7; ISBN 978-0-14-102296-3)</ref>
 
* [[Robin Lane Fox]] (1946&ndash;): English academic and historian, currently a Fellow of New College, Oxford, Lecturer in Ancient History at Exeter College, Oxford and University Reader in Ancient History.<ref>In the preface to his book ''The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible'' (1991), Lane Fox states: "I write as an atheist, but there are Christian and Jewish scholars whose versions [of the history of the Bible] would be far more radical than mine." (Penguin paperback edition 2006, p.7; ISBN 978-0-14-102296-3)</ref>
 
* [[James Murdoch (Scottish journalist)]] (1856&ndash;1921): Scottish scholar and journalist, whose three-volume ''History of Japan'' was the first comprehensive history of Japan in the English language.<ref>"Murdoch arrived in Queensland in July 1881 as headmaster of the new Maryborough Grammar School. He became unpopular with the trustees (possibly because of his atheism and the deterioration of his marriage) and in March 1885 they summarily dismissed him for resisting their instructions that his staff give lessons at the Girls' Grammar School." D. C. S. Sissons: '[http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A100607b.htm Murdoch, James (1856 - 1921)]', ''Australian Dictionary of Biography'', Online Edition (accessed July 16, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[James Murdoch (Scottish journalist)]] (1856&ndash;1921): Scottish scholar and journalist, whose three-volume ''History of Japan'' was the first comprehensive history of Japan in the English language.<ref>"Murdoch arrived in Queensland in July 1881 as headmaster of the new Maryborough Grammar School. He became unpopular with the trustees (possibly because of his atheism and the deterioration of his marriage) and in March 1885 they summarily dismissed him for resisting their instructions that his staff give lessons at the Girls' Grammar School." D. C. S. Sissons: '[http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A100607b.htm Murdoch, James (1856 - 1921)]', ''Australian Dictionary of Biography'', Online Edition (accessed July 16, 2008).</ref>
* [[Tony Parker]] (1923&ndash;1996): English oral historian, whose work was dedicated to giving a voice to British and American society's most marginalised figures.<ref>"The oral historian Tony Parker, who has died aged 73, was an atheist. "If it turns out I'm wrong and I find myself in front of God, I shan't half have a lot to say on the subject." One reason Tony will have so much to say in heaven is because he spent so much of his time on earth being totally silent." Roger Graef, 'Obituary: Tony Parker: Courage and Convictions', ''The Guardian'', October 5, 1996, Pg. 18.</ref>
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* [[Tony Parker (author)|Tony Parker]] (1923&ndash;1996): English oral historian, whose work was dedicated to giving a voice to British and American society's most marginalised figures.<ref>"The oral historian Tony Parker, who has died aged 73, was an atheist. "If it turns out I'm wrong and I find myself in front of God, I shan't half have a lot to say on the subject." One reason Tony will have so much to say in heaven is because he spent so much of his time on earth being totally silent." Roger Graef, 'Obituary: Tony Parker: Courage and Convictions', ''The Guardian'', October 5, 1996, Pg. 18.</ref>
 
* [[Pierre Vidal-Naquet]] (1930&ndash;2006): French [[Classical antiquity|classical historian]].<ref>"In 1950 Vidal-Naquet declared to his future wife Genevive Railhac that "as an atheist, history is for me the only possible substitute for religion"." Oswyn Murray, Obituary: Pierre Vidal-Naquet, ''The Independent'' (London), August 4, 2006, Pg. 43.</ref>
 
* [[Pierre Vidal-Naquet]] (1930&ndash;2006): French [[Classical antiquity|classical historian]].<ref>"In 1950 Vidal-Naquet declared to his future wife Genevive Railhac that "as an atheist, history is for me the only possible substitute for religion"." Oswyn Murray, Obituary: Pierre Vidal-Naquet, ''The Independent'' (London), August 4, 2006, Pg. 43.</ref>
 
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* [[Abdul Rashid Dostum]] (1954&ndash;): [[Afghanistan|Afghani]] military figure, the current leader of Uzbek-Afghan northern provinces.<ref>"Dostum is an atheist who has switched allegiances numerous times; the forces backed by Tajikistan are mostly Sunni. Khan's are mostly Shi'ite. If the Taliban were to bolt from Kabul, the political vacuum cited by Abdullah would have come to pass - and would suck in as ruler whoever was first and fastest on the scene, followed helter-skelter by the rest." Peter Popham, ''The Independent'' (London), November 13, 2001, News, Pg. 11.</ref>
 
* [[Abdul Rashid Dostum]] (1954&ndash;): [[Afghanistan|Afghani]] military figure, the current leader of Uzbek-Afghan northern provinces.<ref>"Dostum is an atheist who has switched allegiances numerous times; the forces backed by Tajikistan are mostly Sunni. Khan's are mostly Shi'ite. If the Taliban were to bolt from Kabul, the political vacuum cited by Abdullah would have come to pass - and would suck in as ruler whoever was first and fastest on the scene, followed helter-skelter by the rest." Peter Popham, ''The Independent'' (London), November 13, 2001, News, Pg. 11.</ref>
 
* [[William Douglas, 1st Baron Douglas of Kirtleside|William Sholto Douglas]], Baron Douglas of Kirtleside, [[Marshal of the Royal Air Force]] [[Order of the Bath|GCB]], [[Military Cross|MC]], [[Distinguished Flying Cross (United Kingdom)|DFC]] (1893&ndash;1969): Distinguished British airman, a senior figure in the [[Royal Air Force]] up to and during [[World War II]].<ref>"It's easy to scoff at supernatural tales of seances and Ouija boards, but Compton Miller found that some remarkable people who believe them." "''Humble pie from the hereafter'' Lady Douglas of Kirtleside: ''Aged 62, an ex-Molyneax model and widow of the World War II RAF hero.'' Sholto Douglas was an atheist who always maintained that death was as final as "treading on a beetle". Soon after he died in 1969 his distraught widow met Dr Mervyn Stockwood, then Bishop of Southwark." Compton Miller, 'Lords and ladies in high spirits', ''The Times'', October 5, 1984; pg. 15; Issue 61954; col A.</ref>
 
* [[William Douglas, 1st Baron Douglas of Kirtleside|William Sholto Douglas]], Baron Douglas of Kirtleside, [[Marshal of the Royal Air Force]] [[Order of the Bath|GCB]], [[Military Cross|MC]], [[Distinguished Flying Cross (United Kingdom)|DFC]] (1893&ndash;1969): Distinguished British airman, a senior figure in the [[Royal Air Force]] up to and during [[World War II]].<ref>"It's easy to scoff at supernatural tales of seances and Ouija boards, but Compton Miller found that some remarkable people who believe them." "''Humble pie from the hereafter'' Lady Douglas of Kirtleside: ''Aged 62, an ex-Molyneax model and widow of the World War II RAF hero.'' Sholto Douglas was an atheist who always maintained that death was as final as "treading on a beetle". Soon after he died in 1969 his distraught widow met Dr Mervyn Stockwood, then Bishop of Southwark." Compton Miller, 'Lords and ladies in high spirits', ''The Times'', October 5, 1984; pg. 15; Issue 61954; col A.</ref>
* [[Jeremy Hall]] (1985&ndash;): American army specialist who sued the U.S. Department of Defense, alleging his atheism led to discrimination, death threats and being denied promotions.<ref>"Hall, 23, was raised in a Protestant family in North Carolina and dropped out of school. It wasn't until he joined the Army that he began questioning religion, eventually deciding that he couldn't follow any faith. But he feared how that would look to other soldiers. "I was ashamed to say that I was an atheist," Hall said. It eventually came out in Iraq in 2007, when he was in a firefight. Hall was a gunner on a Humvee, which took several bullets in its protective shield. Afterward, his commander asked whether he believed in God, Hall said. "I said, 'No, but I believe in Plexiglas,' " Hall said. "I've never believed I was going to a happy place. You get one life. When I die, I'm worm food." " [http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/04/26/atheist.soldier.ap/ Atheist soldier claims harassment], CNN.com, April 26, 2008 (accessed July 15, 2008).</ref>  
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* [[Jeremy Hall (US Army)|Jeremy Hall]] (1985&ndash;): American army specialist who sued the U.S. Department of Defense, alleging his atheism led to discrimination, death threats and being denied promotions.<ref>"Hall, 23, was raised in a Protestant family in North Carolina and dropped out of school. It wasn't until he joined the Army that he began questioning religion, eventually deciding that he couldn't follow any faith. But he feared how that would look to other soldiers. "I was ashamed to say that I was an atheist," Hall said. It eventually came out in Iraq in 2007, when he was in a firefight. Hall was a gunner on a Humvee, which took several bullets in its protective shield. Afterward, his commander asked whether he believed in God, Hall said. "I said, 'No, but I believe in Plexiglas,' " Hall said. "I've never believed I was going to a happy place. You get one life. When I die, I'm worm food." " [http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/04/26/atheist.soldier.ap/ Atheist soldier claims harassment], CNN.com, April 26, 2008 (accessed July 15, 2008).</ref>
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* [[Lakshmi Sahgal]] (1914&ndash;): Activist of the Indian independence movement, an ex-officer of the [[Indian National Army]], and the Minister of Women's affairs in the [[Azad Hind Government]].<ref>"There are religions that have very rigid rules and there are others that don't. Religion is something that I, as a person, am not interested in. I have always been an atheist. My parents were atheists. It doesn't bother me if somebody is religious. My problem is when religion is used to institutionalise other things." [http://www.rediff.com/news/2001/aug/08inter.htm The Rediff Interview/ Subhasini Ali], 8 August 2001 (accessed 21 April 2008).</ref>  
  
 
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* [[Norman Finkelstein]] (1953&ndash;): American political scientist and author, specialising in Jewish-related issues, especially the [[Holocaust]] and the [[Israeli-Palestinian conflict]].<ref>"Finkelstein, who describes himself as a Jewish atheist and Left-wing anti-Zionist who supports the Palestinian cause, has been ostracised by the American Jewish community for his views." Tony Paterson, 'German outrage at Holocaust book', ''Sunday Telegraph'', February 18, 2001, Pg. 31.</ref>
 
* [[Norman Finkelstein]] (1953&ndash;): American political scientist and author, specialising in Jewish-related issues, especially the [[Holocaust]] and the [[Israeli-Palestinian conflict]].<ref>"Finkelstein, who describes himself as a Jewish atheist and Left-wing anti-Zionist who supports the Palestinian cause, has been ostracised by the American Jewish community for his views." Tony Paterson, 'German outrage at Holocaust book', ''Sunday Telegraph'', February 18, 2001, Pg. 31.</ref>
 
* [[Raymond Firth|Sir Raymond Firth]] [[New Zealand Order of Merit|CNZM]], [[British Academy|FBA]] (1901&ndash;2002): New Zealand [[ethnologist]], considered to have singlehandedly created a form of British [[economic anthropology]].<ref>"His Methodist upbringing soon turned into a thoroughgoing humanistic atheism. This freed him for the sympathetic study of exotic religions, and for discussions of the role of faith in the anthropologist's own perceptions. He tended to feel a sort of good-natured intolerance of the religious beliefs of his friends and colleagues." Obituary: Professor Sir Raymond Firth, ''The Times'' (London), February 26, 2002.</ref>
 
* [[Raymond Firth|Sir Raymond Firth]] [[New Zealand Order of Merit|CNZM]], [[British Academy|FBA]] (1901&ndash;2002): New Zealand [[ethnologist]], considered to have singlehandedly created a form of British [[economic anthropology]].<ref>"His Methodist upbringing soon turned into a thoroughgoing humanistic atheism. This freed him for the sympathetic study of exotic religions, and for discussions of the role of faith in the anthropologist's own perceptions. He tended to feel a sort of good-natured intolerance of the religious beliefs of his friends and colleagues." Obituary: Professor Sir Raymond Firth, ''The Times'' (London), February 26, 2002.</ref>
* [[Michel Foucault]] (1926&ndash;1984): French philosopher, historian, critic and sociologist.<ref>"He aimed to write so as to efface his 'face'; that is, to do without personality. This was a well-meant kind of asceticism. Not surprisingly he came out, late on, in admiration of the Desert Fathers, conscious abstainers from pleasure for the sake of a self turned into a painfully well-made artifact. He would, he liked to say, have been a monk, had he not been an atheist. People should be allowed to inhabit a cell, but of their own making." Valentine Cunningham reviewing ''The Lives of Michel Foucault'' by David Macey and ''The Passion of Michel Foucault'' by James Miller, ''The Observer'', June 13, 1993, Pg. 63.</ref>
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* [[Michel Foucault]] (1926&ndash;1984): French philosopher, historian, critic and sociologist.<ref>"He aimed to write so as to efface his 'face'; that is, to do without personality. This was a well-meant kind of asceticism. Not surprisingly he came out, late on, in admiration of the Desert Fathers, conscious abstainers from pleasure for the sake of a self turned into a painfully well-made artifact. He would, he liked to say, have been a monk, had he not been an atheist. People should be allowed to inhabit a cell, but of their own making." [[Valentine Cunningham]] reviewing ''The Lives of Michel Foucault'' by David Macey and ''The Passion of Michel Foucault'' by James Miller, ''The Observer'', June 13, 1993, Pg. 63.</ref>
 
* [[Thor Heyerdahl]] (1914&ndash;2002): Norwegian [[ethnographer]] and adventurer, famous for his [[Kon-Tiki]] expedition.<ref>"He remained, however, an admirer of primitive societies. He was also an atheist." Obituary of Thor Heyerdahl, ''Daily Telegraph'', April 19, 2002, Pg. 29.</ref>
 
* [[Thor Heyerdahl]] (1914&ndash;2002): Norwegian [[ethnographer]] and adventurer, famous for his [[Kon-Tiki]] expedition.<ref>"He remained, however, an admirer of primitive societies. He was also an atheist." Obituary of Thor Heyerdahl, ''Daily Telegraph'', April 19, 2002, Pg. 29.</ref>
 
* [[Mayer Hillman]] (1931&ndash;): British political scientist, architect and town planner, a Senior Fellow Emeritus at the [[Policy Studies Institute]].<ref>"Oppressively authoritarian, he [Hillman's father] required his children to do his bidding and brooked no dissent. As a consequence, all three came to challenge authority and Mayer counts himself a "militant atheist", though feels very Jewish and is proud of his origins." Anne Karpf interviewing Hillman, 'A Chain Reaction', ''The Guardian'', November 2, 2002, Weekend Pages, Pg. 32.</ref>
 
* [[Mayer Hillman]] (1931&ndash;): British political scientist, architect and town planner, a Senior Fellow Emeritus at the [[Policy Studies Institute]].<ref>"Oppressively authoritarian, he [Hillman's father] required his children to do his bidding and brooked no dissent. As a consequence, all three came to challenge authority and Mayer counts himself a "militant atheist", though feels very Jewish and is proud of his origins." Anne Karpf interviewing Hillman, 'A Chain Reaction', ''The Guardian'', November 2, 2002, Weekend Pages, Pg. 32.</ref>
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* [[Kemal Kirişci]] (19??&ndash;): Turkish political scientist, professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.<ref>"I don't vote for him, but I praise him [...] I'm a leftist atheist, he's a rightwing Islamist. Yet I still say he's the best prime minister for the country." Kemal Kirişci, quoted in Ian Traynor, 'EU membership', ''The Guardian'', June 12, 2006, Pg. 17.</ref>
 
* [[Kemal Kirişci]] (19??&ndash;): Turkish political scientist, professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.<ref>"I don't vote for him, but I praise him [...] I'm a leftist atheist, he's a rightwing Islamist. Yet I still say he's the best prime minister for the country." Kemal Kirişci, quoted in Ian Traynor, 'EU membership', ''The Guardian'', June 12, 2006, Pg. 17.</ref>
 
* [[Peter Lawrence (anthropologist)|Peter Lawrence]] (1921&ndash;1987): British-born Australian anthropologist, pioneer in the study of [[Melanesian]] religions noted for his work on [[cargo cults]].<ref>"Raised Anglican, Lawrence professed to be an atheist, although, as he once wryly remarked, "an atheist with doubts." " MacDonald, Mary N. "Lawrence, Peter." ''Encyclopedia of Religion''. Ed. Lindsay Jones. Vol. 8. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 5379-5380. </ref>
 
* [[Peter Lawrence (anthropologist)|Peter Lawrence]] (1921&ndash;1987): British-born Australian anthropologist, pioneer in the study of [[Melanesian]] religions noted for his work on [[cargo cults]].<ref>"Raised Anglican, Lawrence professed to be an atheist, although, as he once wryly remarked, "an atheist with doubts." " MacDonald, Mary N. "Lawrence, Peter." ''Encyclopedia of Religion''. Ed. Lindsay Jones. Vol. 8. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 5379-5380. </ref>
*[[Edmund Leach|Sir Edmund Leach]] (1910&ndash;1989): British social anthropologist, a Fellow of the British Academy.<ref>"A declared atheist Leach's upbringing was 'hard-boiled Christian', his mother, to whom he was close as a child, being a devout Anglican (Firth, 10). His rejection of Christianity while an undergraduate was bound up with his growing independence from her, but as he later remarked, 'mud sticks if you throw enough' (ibid.)." James Laidlaw, [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/39978 'Leach, Sir Edmund Ronald (1910–1989)', ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'', Oxford University Press, 2004 (accessed May 1, 2008).</ref>
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*[[Edmund Leach|Sir Edmund Leach]] (1910&ndash;1989): British social anthropologist, a Fellow of the British Academy.<ref>"A declared atheist Leach's upbringing was 'hard-boiled Christian', his mother, to whom he was close as a child, being a devout Anglican (Firth, 10). His rejection of Christianity while an undergraduate was bound up with his growing independence from her, but as he later remarked, 'mud sticks if you throw enough' (ibid.)." James Laidlaw, [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/39978 'Leach, Sir Edmund Ronald (1910–1989)', ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'', Oxford University Press, 2004 (accessed May 1, 2008).]</ref>
 
* [[James H. Leuba]] (1868&ndash;1946): American psychologist, one of the leading figures of the early phase of the American [[psychology of religion]] movement.<ref>"After he began his scientific studies he became an atheist. He remained, throughout the rest of his life, a critic of religion, much in the same vein as Freud, and a critic of religious hypocrites." Beit-Hallahmi, Benjamin: "Leuba, James H." ''Encyclopedia of Religion''. Ed. Lindsay Jones. Vol. 8. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005, p.5418.</ref>
 
* [[James H. Leuba]] (1868&ndash;1946): American psychologist, one of the leading figures of the early phase of the American [[psychology of religion]] movement.<ref>"After he began his scientific studies he became an atheist. He remained, throughout the rest of his life, a critic of religion, much in the same vein as Freud, and a critic of religious hypocrites." Beit-Hallahmi, Benjamin: "Leuba, James H." ''Encyclopedia of Religion''. Ed. Lindsay Jones. Vol. 8. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005, p.5418.</ref>
 
* [[Franz Leopold Neumann]] (1900&ndash;1954): German [[political scientist]], known for theoretical analyses of National Socialism, and considered among the founders of modern political science in Germany.<ref>"Like my parents, I have always been an atheist." Franz Leopold's son Michael Neumann, '[http://www.counterpunch.org/neumann0604.html What is Antisemitism?]', ''Counterpunch'', June 4, 2002 (accessed August 6, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Franz Leopold Neumann]] (1900&ndash;1954): German [[political scientist]], known for theoretical analyses of National Socialism, and considered among the founders of modern political science in Germany.<ref>"Like my parents, I have always been an atheist." Franz Leopold's son Michael Neumann, '[http://www.counterpunch.org/neumann0604.html What is Antisemitism?]', ''Counterpunch'', June 4, 2002 (accessed August 6, 2008).</ref>
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* [[Lance Armstrong]] (1971&ndash;): American [[cyclist]], winner of the [[Tour de France]] seven consecutive times.<ref>as saying "If there was a god, I'd still have both nuts." Lance Armstrong, quoted by ET Magazine in 2004. (Armstrong lost one testicle due to cancer.)</ref>
 
* [[Lance Armstrong]] (1971&ndash;): American [[cyclist]], winner of the [[Tour de France]] seven consecutive times.<ref>as saying "If there was a god, I'd still have both nuts." Lance Armstrong, quoted by ET Magazine in 2004. (Armstrong lost one testicle due to cancer.)</ref>
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* [[Brian Clough]], (1935&ndash;2004): Soccer manager, of [[Hartlepool United]], [[Derby County]], [[Brighton and Hove Albion]], [[Leeds United]] and [[Nottingham Forest]]. Said in his [[1994]] autobiography that he didn't believe in an afterlife, and that he wasn't a churchgoer anymore. <ref>http://unfinishedchristian.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/the-end-of-everything-good-the-beginning-of-everything-bad/</ref>
 
* [[Fausto Coppi]] (1919&ndash;1960): Italian racing cyclist, nicknamed ''Il Campionissimo'' ("the greatest champion") one of the most successful and popular cyclists of all time.<ref>"Nearly 50 years after his death, Fausto Coppi - nicknamed "The Heron" for his gaunt looks and ungainly bearing, and his ability to soar through the mountains - is still the standard against whom all Italian cyclists are measured, and he remains the country's great Tour de France hero. Twice a winner, and five times victorious in the Giro d'Italia, Coppi, an atheist and free thinker, was also a symbol of modernity for post-war Italy, whose traditionalists came to hate him in equal measure." 'Tour de France: Armstrong's predecessors as five-times winners', ''The Independent'' (London), July 28, 2003, Sport, Pg. 25.</ref>
 
* [[Fausto Coppi]] (1919&ndash;1960): Italian racing cyclist, nicknamed ''Il Campionissimo'' ("the greatest champion") one of the most successful and popular cyclists of all time.<ref>"Nearly 50 years after his death, Fausto Coppi - nicknamed "The Heron" for his gaunt looks and ungainly bearing, and his ability to soar through the mountains - is still the standard against whom all Italian cyclists are measured, and he remains the country's great Tour de France hero. Twice a winner, and five times victorious in the Giro d'Italia, Coppi, an atheist and free thinker, was also a symbol of modernity for post-war Italy, whose traditionalists came to hate him in equal measure." 'Tour de France: Armstrong's predecessors as five-times winners', ''The Independent'' (London), July 28, 2003, Sport, Pg. 25.</ref>
* [[Robin Dixon, 3rd Baron Glentoran|Robin Dixon]] [[Order of the British Empire|CBE]] (1935&ndash;): British [[Olympic_medals#Olympic_champions_and_medalists|Olympic gold medal]] [[bobsleigh|bobsledder]], army [[Major]], businessman, [[United Kingdom|British]] and [[Northern Ireland|Northern Irish]] politician, latterly a member of the [[House of Lords]].<ref>"There has been legislation in Northern Ireland concerning fair employment, which related to those matters, for many years. It was strictly adhered to and policed. In fact, all recruits to my company and most others had to declare at the time, in a totally confidential envelope, whether they were perceived to be Roman Catholics or perceived to be Protestants. I say that because one has to be a Protestant or Roman Catholic Jew or, in my case, a Roman Catholic or Protestant atheist." Lord Glentoran, Lords Hansard, 11 Mar 2004: Column 1372 (accessed April 24, 2008). </ref>
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* [[Robin Dixon, 3rd Baron Glentoran|Robin Dixon]] [[Order of the British Empire|CBE]] (1935&ndash;): British [[Olympic medals#Olympic champions and medalists|Olympic gold medal]] [[bobsleigh|bobsledder]], army [[Major]], businessman, [[United Kingdom|British]] and [[Northern Ireland|Northern Irish]] politician, latterly a member of the [[House of Lords]].<ref>"There has been legislation in Northern Ireland concerning fair employment, which related to those matters, for many years. It was strictly adhered to and policed. In fact, all recruits to my company and most others had to declare at the time, in a totally confidential envelope, whether they were perceived to be Roman Catholics or perceived to be Protestants. I say that because one has to be a Protestant or Roman Catholic Jew or, in my case, a Roman Catholic or Protestant atheist." Lord Glentoran, Lords Hansard, 11 Mar 2004: Column 1372 (accessed April 24, 2008). </ref>
 
* [[Jan Hein Donner]] (1927&ndash;1988): Dutch chess grandmaster and writer.<ref>"It was Donner who told me the real reason that women don't make good chessplayers ("It's because they're basically so stupid," he asserted); it was Donner who told the mayoress of Jerusalem how impressed he was with the wide variety of religions in her city, then, when asked his own religion replied: "Well actually, I'm an atheist - but not a practising one." " William Hartston, ''The Independent'' (London), August 29, 1996, Back Pages, Pg. 22.</ref>
 
* [[Jan Hein Donner]] (1927&ndash;1988): Dutch chess grandmaster and writer.<ref>"It was Donner who told me the real reason that women don't make good chessplayers ("It's because they're basically so stupid," he asserted); it was Donner who told the mayoress of Jerusalem how impressed he was with the wide variety of religions in her city, then, when asked his own religion replied: "Well actually, I'm an atheist - but not a practising one." " William Hartston, ''The Independent'' (London), August 29, 1996, Back Pages, Pg. 22.</ref>
 
* [[Jonathan Edwards (athlete)|Jonathan Edwards]] (1966&ndash;): British [[triple jumper]]. Former Olympic, European and World champion. Holds the current world record in the event.<ref>"Having left his sport as a dyed-in-the-wool evangelical, Edwards is now, to all intents and purposes, an atheist." [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/athletics/article1991114.ece] </ref>
 
* [[Jonathan Edwards (athlete)|Jonathan Edwards]] (1966&ndash;): British [[triple jumper]]. Former Olympic, European and World champion. Holds the current world record in the event.<ref>"Having left his sport as a dyed-in-the-wool evangelical, Edwards is now, to all intents and purposes, an atheist." [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/athletics/article1991114.ece] </ref>
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* [[Dan Fouts]]: Former [[American football]] [[quarterback]] for the [[National Football League|National Football League's]] [[San Diego Chargers]] and a member of the [[Pro Football Hall of Fame]].<ref>http://www.excogitation.com/Dan_Fouts_Quotes/Dan_Fouts-1532-1087-0-0.html</ref>
 
* [[Dan Fouts]]: Former [[American football]] [[quarterback]] for the [[National Football League|National Football League's]] [[San Diego Chargers]] and a member of the [[Pro Football Hall of Fame]].<ref>http://www.excogitation.com/Dan_Fouts_Quotes/Dan_Fouts-1532-1087-0-0.html</ref>
 
* [[Olga Galchenko]] (1990&ndash;): Juggler.<ref>[http://ffrf.org/fttoday/2007/sept/galchenko.php "Thou Shalt not Confuse Religion with Morality" by Olga Galchenko] "Coming from a somewhat religious family, I naturally embraced Christianity and tried hard to keep my faith until about the age of 12, when I decided to finally stop trying, and gradually became an atheist."</ref>
 
* [[Olga Galchenko]] (1990&ndash;): Juggler.<ref>[http://ffrf.org/fttoday/2007/sept/galchenko.php "Thou Shalt not Confuse Religion with Morality" by Olga Galchenko] "Coming from a somewhat religious family, I naturally embraced Christianity and tried hard to keep my faith until about the age of 12, when I decided to finally stop trying, and gradually became an atheist."</ref>
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* [[Bruce Lee]] (1940&ndash;1973): American born Chinese martial artist and actor.<ref>[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000045/bio] In an interview he gave a few years before his death, he revealed that he was an atheist.</ref>
 
* [[Joe Simpson (mountaineer)|Joe Simpson]] (1972&ndash;): British mountaineer, author and motivational speaker, famous for his book [[Touching the Void]], subsequently filmed.<ref>Q: "You say you are an atheist - did your experience affect your belief or just confirm it?" Simpson: "Confirmed it very powerfully. I saved my own life: it wasn't some omniscient being." 'The World According To... Joe Simpson, Mountaineer', ''The Independent'' (London), January 13, 2004, Features, Pg. 3.</ref>
 
* [[Joe Simpson (mountaineer)|Joe Simpson]] (1972&ndash;): British mountaineer, author and motivational speaker, famous for his book [[Touching the Void]], subsequently filmed.<ref>Q: "You say you are an atheist - did your experience affect your belief or just confirm it?" Simpson: "Confirmed it very powerfully. I saved my own life: it wasn't some omniscient being." 'The World According To... Joe Simpson, Mountaineer', ''The Independent'' (London), January 13, 2004, Features, Pg. 3.</ref>
 
* [[Robert Smith (football)|Robert Smith]] (1972&ndash;): former [[Minnesota Vikings]] [[running back]] and [[NFL Network]] [[American football|football]] analyst.<ref>"Former Minnesota Vikings running back Robert Smith, an atheist, says he has no objection to making religious counseling and services available to interested players." [http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/05/10/ministries/ Going long for Jesus], by Tom Krattenmaker at Salon.com (Accessed August 29, 2006).</ref>
 
* [[Robert Smith (football)|Robert Smith]] (1972&ndash;): former [[Minnesota Vikings]] [[running back]] and [[NFL Network]] [[American football|football]] analyst.<ref>"Former Minnesota Vikings running back Robert Smith, an atheist, says he has no objection to making religious counseling and services available to interested players." [http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/05/10/ministries/ Going long for Jesus], by Tom Krattenmaker at Salon.com (Accessed August 29, 2006).</ref>
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* [[Savielly Tartakower]] (1887&ndash;1956): [[Poland|Polish]] and [[France|French]] [[chess]] [[International Grandmaster|Grandmaster]], the king of chess journalism in the 1920s and 30s.<ref>"Practically all chess-players are born optimists [...] Those who believe in God count on divine help; the agnostics know that somehow or other it will turn out all right; whilst the atheists, who are of course the most superstitious, believe in luck. If this last statement seems a trifle high pitched then let me submit as evidence the case of Dr. Tartakower. An atheist if ever there was one, he fervently believed in luck, touched wood at appropriate moments and never, never walked under ladders." Harry Golombek, 'Chess: The eternal spring of hope', ''The Times'', July 24, 1971; pg. 7; Issue 58233; col E.</ref>
 
* [[Savielly Tartakower]] (1887&ndash;1956): [[Poland|Polish]] and [[France|French]] [[chess]] [[International Grandmaster|Grandmaster]], the king of chess journalism in the 1920s and 30s.<ref>"Practically all chess-players are born optimists [...] Those who believe in God count on divine help; the agnostics know that somehow or other it will turn out all right; whilst the atheists, who are of course the most superstitious, believe in luck. If this last statement seems a trifle high pitched then let me submit as evidence the case of Dr. Tartakower. An atheist if ever there was one, he fervently believed in luck, touched wood at appropriate moments and never, never walked under ladders." Harry Golombek, 'Chess: The eternal spring of hope', ''The Times'', July 24, 1971; pg. 7; Issue 58233; col E.</ref>
 
*[[Diana Taurasi]] (1982-): Current [[WNBA]] player for the [[Phoenix Mercury]] <ref>http://www.myspace.com/dianataurasi</ref>
 
*[[Diana Taurasi]] (1982-): Current [[WNBA]] player for the [[Phoenix Mercury]] <ref>http://www.myspace.com/dianataurasi</ref>
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*[[Dana White|Dana White]] (1969&ndash;) President of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) <ref>
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Playboy Magazine September 2008, p46. Playboy: Are you still Catholic? White:  I don't believe in God, the devil, ghosts, or any of that shit.</ref>
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* [[Bob Woolmer]] (1948&ndash;2007): English international cricketer, professional cricket coach and commentator, playing in 19 Test matches and 6 One Day Internationals for England and later coaching South Africa, Warwickshire and Pakistan.<ref>"Woolmer's relationship with his team was under increasing strain from religious disputes. The coach was frequently questioned by his captain, Inzamam, over his atheism. They had many anguished discussions about belief." Mark Townsend, 'Bob Woolmer', ''The Observer'' (England), July 1, 2007, Observer Sports Magazine, Pg. 27.</ref>
 
* [[Bob Woolmer]] (1948&ndash;2007): English international cricketer, professional cricket coach and commentator, playing in 19 Test matches and 6 One Day Internationals for England and later coaching South Africa, Warwickshire and Pakistan.<ref>"Woolmer's relationship with his team was under increasing strain from religious disputes. The coach was frequently questioned by his captain, Inzamam, over his atheism. They had many anguished discussions about belief." Mark Townsend, 'Bob Woolmer', ''The Observer'' (England), July 1, 2007, Observer Sports Magazine, Pg. 27.</ref>
 
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* [[Iwona Blazwick]] [[OBE]] (19??&ndash;): British art gallery curator, Director of the [[Whitechapel Art Gallery]] in London.<ref>"The hidden jewel of the year was an impromptu performance by 40 singers from a South African township under the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, which made me - a devout atheist - feel spiritually moved." Iwona Blazwick, 'The Best of 2002', ''Daily Telegraph, December 21, 2002, Section, Pg. 01.</ref>
 
* [[Iwona Blazwick]] [[OBE]] (19??&ndash;): British art gallery curator, Director of the [[Whitechapel Art Gallery]] in London.<ref>"The hidden jewel of the year was an impromptu performance by 40 singers from a South African township under the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, which made me - a devout atheist - feel spiritually moved." Iwona Blazwick, 'The Best of 2002', ''Daily Telegraph, December 21, 2002, Section, Pg. 01.</ref>
 
* [[Berkeley Breathed]] (1957&ndash;): American cartoonist, children's book author/illustrator, director, and screenwriter, best known for the cartoon strip ''Bloom County''.<ref>"...I'm an atheist..." [http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/pto-20040209-000020.html Berkeley Breathed Pokes Fun], interview with Breathed by William Whitney, ''Psychology Today Magazine'', Jan/Feb 2004 (Accessed April 24, 2008)</ref>
 
* [[Berkeley Breathed]] (1957&ndash;): American cartoonist, children's book author/illustrator, director, and screenwriter, best known for the cartoon strip ''Bloom County''.<ref>"...I'm an atheist..." [http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/pto-20040209-000020.html Berkeley Breathed Pokes Fun], interview with Breathed by William Whitney, ''Psychology Today Magazine'', Jan/Feb 2004 (Accessed April 24, 2008)</ref>
* [[Joan Brossa]] (1919&ndash;1998): Spanish graphic designer and plastic artist, one of the leading early proponents of visual poetry in Catalan literature.<ref>"Brossa was born in Barcelona, and resisted his family's ambitions for him to become a banker. He was tenacious, his sense of purpose often taken for arrogance. He became a Marxist, and an atheist who believed that if a good God existed, he should be tried at Nuremberg." Adrian Searle, 'The conjuror of Catalonia: Obituary: Joan Brossa', ''The Guardian'', January 12, 1999, Pg. 16.</ref>  
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* [[Joan Brossa]] (1919&ndash;1998): Catalan graphic designer and plastic artist, one of the leading early proponents of visual poetry in Catalan literature.<ref>"Brossa was born in Barcelona, and resisted his family's ambitions for him to become a banker. He was tenacious, his sense of purpose often taken for arrogance. He became a Marxist, and an atheist who believed that if a good God existed, he should be tried at Nuremberg." Adrian Searle, 'The conjuror of Catalonia: Obituary: Joan Brossa', ''The Guardian'', January 12, 1999, Pg. 16.</ref>
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* [[Henri Cartier-Bresson]] (1908&ndash;2004): French [[photography|photographer]] considered to be the father of modern [[photojournalism]], an early adopter of [[35 mm]] format, and the master of candid photography, who helped develop the influential "[[street photography]]" style.<ref>" Cartier-Bresson is not interested in moderation. He is a free agent who cannot be pigeonholed. He describes himself as "a rebel from birth" who cannot be influenced. His parents hoped to pass on their Christian faith to him, but failed. "I never ever believed in God. That was quite out of the question, despite Sunday mass, the priest's sermons, evening prayers and mother's faith, which was as pure as that of the first Christians. But I wasn't a believer, and that was that. There was nothing I hated more than the very idea of sin. The principle of a single God seemed to me arrogant. And the suggestion that if one made an effort one would eventually come round to believing in God made me extremely angry." " Annick Cojean interviewing Cartier-Bresson, 'Above all, my parents were ashamed of money', ''Manchester Guardian Weekly'', 16 October 2002, Section: Le Monde, Pg. 26.</ref><ref>"He loved the great Renaissance geometer painters, especially Ucello and Piero della Francesca, in whom he saw confirmation of his conviction that geometry is the necessary foundation of all art - see, for instance, his beautiful and mysteriously moving study of wall and plane tree on the banks of the Seine in 1936. 'I don't believe in God,' he once said to me, 'but I do believe in pi,' and then wrote down some numbers on a table napkin which I recognised as the formula for the golden section, the mathematical rule of aesthetic balance which has been used by artists since antiquity." John Banville, 'The Leica Leonardo', ''The Sunday Telegraph'' (London), 26 November 2006, Section Seven, Pg. 18.</ref>
 
* [[Mitch Clem]] (1982&ndash;): American [[cartoonist]] and [[webcomic]] author.<ref>"The thing is that, as an {{sic|athiest}}, I don't BELIEVE in Satan."&mdash;{{cite web | last = Clem | first = Mitch | authorlink = Mitch Clem | title = Tour V | work = [[San Antonio Rock City]] | date = February 13, 2006 | url = http://www.mitchclem.com/rockcity/index.php?comic=15 | accessdate = 2006-01-03}}</ref>
 
* [[Mitch Clem]] (1982&ndash;): American [[cartoonist]] and [[webcomic]] author.<ref>"The thing is that, as an {{sic|athiest}}, I don't BELIEVE in Satan."&mdash;{{cite web | last = Clem | first = Mitch | authorlink = Mitch Clem | title = Tour V | work = [[San Antonio Rock City]] | date = February 13, 2006 | url = http://www.mitchclem.com/rockcity/index.php?comic=15 | accessdate = 2006-01-03}}</ref>
 
* [[Walter Crane]] (1845&ndash;1915): English artist and book illustrator, a main contributor to the child's nursery motif in English children's illustrated literature of the latter 19th century.<ref>"As a painter and atheist, Crane developed a ponderous form of symbolism, specialising in neo-pagan personifications of 'the spirits of nature'." Andrew Graham-Dixon reviewing a Crane exhibition, 'The philosophy of wallpaper', ''The Independent'', February 14, 1989.</ref>
 
* [[Walter Crane]] (1845&ndash;1915): English artist and book illustrator, a main contributor to the child's nursery motif in English children's illustrated literature of the latter 19th century.<ref>"As a painter and atheist, Crane developed a ponderous form of symbolism, specialising in neo-pagan personifications of 'the spirits of nature'." Andrew Graham-Dixon reviewing a Crane exhibition, 'The philosophy of wallpaper', ''The Independent'', February 14, 1989.</ref>
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* [[Ernst Ludwig Freud]] (1892&ndash;1970): German/Austrian architect, the youngest son of Sigmund Freud.<ref>"[Ernst Ludwig's son Clement] Freud says he has omitted everything but the most 'uncontroversial happenings' from the text, and this is mostly true. But there are a few moments when indignation or irritation surge to the surface. In conversation, he is prepared to go further. In the book, for instance, he fudges his parents' non-appearance at his 1950 church wedding to actress Jill Raymond (who now runs two theatre companies in Suffolk). My interpretation had been that they had not been invited. But he corrects me on this. They were asked but chose, as atheists, not to attend." Harriet Lane, 'Interview: The Freud who hates therapy: Sir Clement Freud', ''The Observer'', October 14, 2001, Review Pages, Pg. 3.</ref>
 
* [[Ernst Ludwig Freud]] (1892&ndash;1970): German/Austrian architect, the youngest son of Sigmund Freud.<ref>"[Ernst Ludwig's son Clement] Freud says he has omitted everything but the most 'uncontroversial happenings' from the text, and this is mostly true. But there are a few moments when indignation or irritation surge to the surface. In conversation, he is prepared to go further. In the book, for instance, he fudges his parents' non-appearance at his 1950 church wedding to actress Jill Raymond (who now runs two theatre companies in Suffolk). My interpretation had been that they had not been invited. But he corrects me on this. They were asked but chose, as atheists, not to attend." Harriet Lane, 'Interview: The Freud who hates therapy: Sir Clement Freud', ''The Observer'', October 14, 2001, Review Pages, Pg. 3.</ref>
 
* [[Sam Fullbrook]] (1922&ndash;2004): Prize-winning Australian artist.<ref>"His aim as a painter, he said bluntly, was to rubbish Australian-born Europhiles, and paint good pictures that children would love. He hoped to combine in his work "tenderness, sweetness, charm, clarity, succinctness, love, passion and religion" - this from a declared atheist who would go to church "because I get a lot out of it"." Obituary of Sam Fullbrook, ''Daily Telegraph'', February 13, 2004, Pg. 29.</ref>
 
* [[Sam Fullbrook]] (1922&ndash;2004): Prize-winning Australian artist.<ref>"His aim as a painter, he said bluntly, was to rubbish Australian-born Europhiles, and paint good pictures that children would love. He hoped to combine in his work "tenderness, sweetness, charm, clarity, succinctness, love, passion and religion" - this from a declared atheist who would go to church "because I get a lot out of it"." Obituary of Sam Fullbrook, ''Daily Telegraph'', February 13, 2004, Pg. 29.</ref>
* [[Peter Fuller]] (1947&ndash;1990): British art critic and magazine editor, founding editor of the art magazine [[Modern Painters (magazine)| Modern Painters]] and art critic of ''[[The Sunday Telegraph]]''.<ref>"For myself, I remain an incorrigible atheist; that is my proclamation of faith. Yet there is something about the experience of art, itself, which compels me to re-introduce the category of the 'spiritual.' More than that, I believe that, given the ever-present absence of God, art, and the gamut of aesthetic experience, provides the sole remaining glimmer of transcendence. The best we can hope for is that aesthetic surrogate for salvation: redemption through form." Peter Fuller, ''The Guardian'' (London), June 28, 1990. <br />"Review: Touched by the fear and ice of God - Peter Fuller argues that, to an atheist, art is the sole provider of spiritual quality, and that a materialistic approach to art is an impediment to perception. This is the last essay written by Fuller, art critic and editor of Modern Painting, before his death two months ago at the age of 43." (''ibid.'')</ref>
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* [[Peter Fuller]] (1947&ndash;1990): British art critic and magazine editor, founding editor of the art magazine [[Modern Painters (magazine)|Modern Painters]] and art critic of ''[[The Sunday Telegraph]]''.<ref>"For myself, I remain an incorrigible atheist; that is my proclamation of faith. Yet there is something about the experience of art, itself, which compels me to re-introduce the category of the 'spiritual.' More than that, I believe that, given the ever-present absence of God, art, and the gamut of aesthetic experience, provides the sole remaining glimmer of transcendence. The best we can hope for is that aesthetic surrogate for salvation: redemption through form." Peter Fuller, ''The Guardian'' (London), June 28, 1990. <br />"Review: Touched by the fear and ice of God - Peter Fuller argues that, to an atheist, art is the sole provider of spiritual quality, and that a materialistic approach to art is an impediment to perception. This is the last essay written by Fuller, art critic and editor of Modern Painting, before his death two months ago at the age of 43." (''ibid.'')</ref>
 
* [[Alfred Gilbert|Sir Alfred Gilbert]] (1854&ndash;1934): English [[sculpture|sculptor]] and [[goldsmith]], central participant in the [[New Sculpture]] movement.<ref>"Although an atheist who disliked all organized religion, his memorial service was held on November 13 in St Paul's Cathedral, where a memorial tablet to him was erected in the crypt." Richard Dorment: 'Gilbert, Sir Alfred (1854–1934)', ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'', Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/33398] (accessed May 1, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Alfred Gilbert|Sir Alfred Gilbert]] (1854&ndash;1934): English [[sculpture|sculptor]] and [[goldsmith]], central participant in the [[New Sculpture]] movement.<ref>"Although an atheist who disliked all organized religion, his memorial service was held on November 13 in St Paul's Cathedral, where a memorial tablet to him was erected in the crypt." Richard Dorment: 'Gilbert, Sir Alfred (1854–1934)', ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'', Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/33398] (accessed May 1, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Ernst Gombrich|Sir Ernst Gombrich]] [[Order of Merit|OM]], [[Order of the British Empire|CBE]] (1909&ndash;2001): Austrian-born British [[art historian]].<ref>" Although "an imperfect guide to world history ... its central message is still valid," concluded Raymond Carr in the Spectator. Gombrich "was an atheist with a strong streak of anticlericalism where the great monotheistic religions, Islam, Judaism and Christianity, were concerned ... To his dying day Voltaire was his hero. When today bashing the Enlightenment is a popular sport, his humanism is a lesson for us all." " 'Critical eye: One for the history books', ''The Guardian'', October 1, 2005, Review Pages, Pg. 2.</ref>
 
* [[Ernst Gombrich|Sir Ernst Gombrich]] [[Order of Merit|OM]], [[Order of the British Empire|CBE]] (1909&ndash;2001): Austrian-born British [[art historian]].<ref>" Although "an imperfect guide to world history ... its central message is still valid," concluded Raymond Carr in the Spectator. Gombrich "was an atheist with a strong streak of anticlericalism where the great monotheistic religions, Islam, Judaism and Christianity, were concerned ... To his dying day Voltaire was his hero. When today bashing the Enlightenment is a popular sport, his humanism is a lesson for us all." " 'Critical eye: One for the history books', ''The Guardian'', October 1, 2005, Review Pages, Pg. 2.</ref>
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* [[George Grosz]] (1893&ndash;1959): German draughtsman and painter, a prominent member of the [[Berlin]] [[Dada]] and [[New Objectivity]] group.<ref>"As a Communist, atheist, and satirist Grosz was a natural target for the National Socialists but left for America in 1932."
 
* [[George Grosz]] (1893&ndash;1959): German draughtsman and painter, a prominent member of the [[Berlin]] [[Dada]] and [[New Objectivity]] group.<ref>"As a Communist, atheist, and satirist Grosz was a natural target for the National Socialists but left for America in 1932."
 
David Rodgers: "Grosz, George", ''Grove Art Online'', Oxford University Press, (accessed April 28, 2008) [http://www.groveart.com].</ref>
 
David Rodgers: "Grosz, George", ''Grove Art Online'', Oxford University Press, (accessed April 28, 2008) [http://www.groveart.com].</ref>
* [[Alfred Hrdlicka]] (1928&ndash;): Austrian [[sculptor]], [[draughtsman]], [[Painting|painter]] and [[artist]], whose 2008 religious work about the [[Apostles]], ''Religion, Flesh and Power'', attracted criticism over its homoerotic theme.<ref>"Hrdlicka says overall he is pleased with the display and has praised the director for being "strong". A communist and atheist, Hrdlicka once said the Bible was the most thrilling book he had ever read and that religious imagery forms a central core to his work." [http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/04/08/2210503.htm?section=entertainment Erotic Jesus sparks art debate in Austria], ABC News (Australia), April 8, 2008 (accessed April 15, 2005).</ref>
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* [[Damien Hirst]] (1965&ndash;): English artist, internationally renowned and the most prominent member of the group known as "[[Young British Artists]]".<ref>"Likewise the crucified sheep in an adjacent room, skinned and split open like butchered humans, their necks broken so that their heads loll on their chests. They resemble a big messy painting by Soutine or Bacon made flesh. A nod to his prime influences. For the uninitiated, though, the only reference point will be Christ crucified. 'I don't believe in God,' he says, 'but it's a phenomenal idea - the afterlife, the spirit. I'm just reformulating the core questions Gauguin asked, that every artist asks - where do we come from, where are we going, what's it all about, Alfie?' Sean O'Hagan interviewing Hirst, 'Damien of the dead', ''The Observer''  (England), 19 February 2006, Observer Magazine, Pg. 14.</ref>
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* [[Alfred Hrdlicka]] (1928&ndash;): Austrian [[sculptor]], [[drawing|draughtsman]], [[Painting|painter]] and [[artist]], whose 2008 religious work about the [[Apostles]], ''Religion, Flesh and Power'', attracted criticism over its homoerotic theme.<ref>"Hrdlicka says overall he is pleased with the display and has praised the director for being "strong". A communist and atheist, Hrdlicka once said the Bible was the most thrilling book he had ever read and that religious imagery forms a central core to his work." [http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/04/08/2210503.htm?section=entertainment Erotic Jesus sparks art debate in Austria], ABC News (Australia), April 8, 2008 (accessed April 15, 2005).</ref>
 
* [[Mark Hofmann]] (1954&ndash;): Prolific counterfeiter and ex-Mormon who murdered two people in Salt Lake City, Utah.<ref>"He admitted later that he actually was trying to change church [Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] history, because he said that he had become an atheist when he was a teenager." ''The Anthon Forgeries'', from the documentary series "Masterminds." Originally aired in 2004 (Season 1, Episode 1).</ref><ref>"Hofmann, an atheist who kept up all appearances of being a good member of the LDS Church, was known for his historical "discoveries," many of which were intended to cast doubt on the official history of the church." [http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,465033636,00.html Notorious incidents over the years], Jerry D. Spangler and Bob Bernick Jr., ''Deseret Morning News'', March 15, 2003 (Accessed December 17, 2007).</ref>
 
* [[Mark Hofmann]] (1954&ndash;): Prolific counterfeiter and ex-Mormon who murdered two people in Salt Lake City, Utah.<ref>"He admitted later that he actually was trying to change church [Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] history, because he said that he had become an atheist when he was a teenager." ''The Anthon Forgeries'', from the documentary series "Masterminds." Originally aired in 2004 (Season 1, Episode 1).</ref><ref>"Hofmann, an atheist who kept up all appearances of being a good member of the LDS Church, was known for his historical "discoveries," many of which were intended to cast doubt on the official history of the church." [http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,465033636,00.html Notorious incidents over the years], Jerry D. Spangler and Bob Bernick Jr., ''Deseret Morning News'', March 15, 2003 (Accessed December 17, 2007).</ref>
 
* [[Sebastian Horsley]] (1962&ndash;): English artist and writer, best known for having undergone a voluntary crucifixion.<ref>"Horsley said later: "I have been punished by a god I don't believe in and he has thrown me off the cross for impersonating his son, for being an atheist, and for being a disaster. I have made a complete fool of myself. I am going to be a laughing stock. The film will end up on Jeremy Beadle." " Fiachra Gibbons, 'Cross to bear: Crucified artist up for Alternative Turner', ''The Guardian'', November 30, 2002, Pg. 11.</ref>
 
* [[Sebastian Horsley]] (1962&ndash;): English artist and writer, best known for having undergone a voluntary crucifixion.<ref>"Horsley said later: "I have been punished by a god I don't believe in and he has thrown me off the cross for impersonating his son, for being an atheist, and for being a disaster. I have made a complete fool of myself. I am going to be a laughing stock. The film will end up on Jeremy Beadle." " Fiachra Gibbons, 'Cross to bear: Crucified artist up for Alternative Turner', ''The Guardian'', November 30, 2002, Pg. 11.</ref>
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* [[Gerhard Richter]] (1932&ndash;): German artist, considered one of the most important German artists of the post-World War II period.<ref>"Neither artist is a believer. A German critic, Hubertus Butin, has termed Richter "a professed atheist with a strong leaning toward Catholicism"-a characterization that the artist condoned with a sly smile, when I saw him in Cologne." Peter Schjeldahl, 'Many-colored Glass: Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke do windows', ''The New Yorker'' Vol. 84 No. 13, Pg. 124, May 12, 2008.</ref>
 
* [[Gerhard Richter]] (1932&ndash;): German artist, considered one of the most important German artists of the post-World War II period.<ref>"Neither artist is a believer. A German critic, Hubertus Butin, has termed Richter "a professed atheist with a strong leaning toward Catholicism"-a characterization that the artist condoned with a sly smile, when I saw him in Cologne." Peter Schjeldahl, 'Many-colored Glass: Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke do windows', ''The New Yorker'' Vol. 84 No. 13, Pg. 124, May 12, 2008.</ref>
 
* [[Bryan Robertson (curator)|Bryan Robertson]] [[OBE]] (1925&ndash;2002): English curator and arts manager, "the greatest Director the Tate Gallery never had".<ref>"We read mythology and had periods for religious knowledge with separate classes for Jews and Catholics as there would be now for Muslims. Myths, after all, are the vaudeville of religion; how can you become a convincing atheist without prior knowledge of what you're rejecting?" Bryan Robertson, in a reprint of a 1995 article following his death, ''The Guardian'', November 23, 2002, Pg. 19.</ref>
 
* [[Bryan Robertson (curator)|Bryan Robertson]] [[OBE]] (1925&ndash;2002): English curator and arts manager, "the greatest Director the Tate Gallery never had".<ref>"We read mythology and had periods for religious knowledge with separate classes for Jews and Catholics as there would be now for Muslims. Myths, after all, are the vaudeville of religion; how can you become a convincing atheist without prior knowledge of what you're rejecting?" Bryan Robertson, in a reprint of a 1995 article following his death, ''The Guardian'', November 23, 2002, Pg. 19.</ref>
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* [[Mark Rothko]] (1903&ndash;1970): [[Latvia]]n-born [[United States|American]] painter and [[printmaker]], classified as an [[abstract expressionism|abstract expressionist]], although he rejected the label.<ref>"But how interesting that he [Angelico] was also a crucial inspiration to Mark Rothko. Like Angelico, the great Abstract Expressionist believed painting could reveal redemptive, transcendent truths – but he was also an avowed atheist." Rachel Spence, '[http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/10ea5832-2f52-11de-a8f6-00144feabdc0.html Devoted to the radiant image]', Financial Times (London), 22 April 2009 (accessed 23 April 2009).</ref>
 
* [[Martin Rowson]] (1959&ndash;): British political [[cartoonist]], [[novelist]] and [[satirist]].<ref> Rowson refers to himself as an atheist throughout his 2008 book ''The Dog Allusion: Gods, Pets and How to be Human'' (Vintage Books, London, ISBN 9780099521334). (The title is a play on that of [[Richard Dawkins]]'s ''[[The God Delusion]]''.)</ref>
 
* [[Martin Rowson]] (1959&ndash;): British political [[cartoonist]], [[novelist]] and [[satirist]].<ref> Rowson refers to himself as an atheist throughout his 2008 book ''The Dog Allusion: Gods, Pets and How to be Human'' (Vintage Books, London, ISBN 9780099521334). (The title is a play on that of [[Richard Dawkins]]'s ''[[The God Delusion]]''.)</ref>
 
* [[Siné|Maurice Sinet]], known as Siné (1928&ndash;): French radical left-wing cartoonist.<ref>"The editor of the weekly, Philippe Val, 55, asked Siné to retract. The cartoonist — who was an anticolonial critic of the Algerian war, supports a Palestinian state, is a fierce atheist and spends a good part of the day on a respirator — said he would rather castrate himself." Steven Erlanger, '[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/05/world/europe/05france.html A Scooter, a Sarkozy and Rancor Collide]', ''New York Times'', August 5, 2008 (accessed August 5, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Siné|Maurice Sinet]], known as Siné (1928&ndash;): French radical left-wing cartoonist.<ref>"The editor of the weekly, Philippe Val, 55, asked Siné to retract. The cartoonist — who was an anticolonial critic of the Algerian war, supports a Palestinian state, is a fierce atheist and spends a good part of the day on a respirator — said he would rather castrate himself." Steven Erlanger, '[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/05/world/europe/05france.html A Scooter, a Sarkozy and Rancor Collide]', ''New York Times'', August 5, 2008 (accessed August 5, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Brendan Powell Smith]] (19??&ndash;): American artist, author, and creator of [[The Brick Testament]], which illustrates stories from the Bible by dioramas of LEGO bricks.<ref>"I've been fascinated with religion ever since I became an atheist at about the age of 13. Prior to that I had been a regular churchgoer and my mother was even a Sunday School teacher at our local Episcopal church. But as my childhood was approaching its end, I had this idea (I'm not sure from where) that it would be a good idea to "prepare for adulthood" by consciously trying rid myself of what seemed like childish ways of thinking. I recognized superstitions for what they were, and tried to turn away from "magical thinking". I didn't intend for any of this to affect my religious beliefs, but in the end it did in a profound way, and soon enough I found myself the only atheist I knew amongst my family, friends, and community." Brendan Powell Smith, '[http://nontheistnexus.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=140&Itemid=295 Interview: The Brick Testament's Reverend Brendan Powell Smith!]', Nontheist Nexus Zine, May 22, 2008 (accessed June 9, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Brendan Powell Smith]] (19??&ndash;): American artist, author, and creator of [[The Brick Testament]], which illustrates stories from the Bible by dioramas of LEGO bricks.<ref>"I've been fascinated with religion ever since I became an atheist at about the age of 13. Prior to that I had been a regular churchgoer and my mother was even a Sunday School teacher at our local Episcopal church. But as my childhood was approaching its end, I had this idea (I'm not sure from where) that it would be a good idea to "prepare for adulthood" by consciously trying rid myself of what seemed like childish ways of thinking. I recognized superstitions for what they were, and tried to turn away from "magical thinking". I didn't intend for any of this to affect my religious beliefs, but in the end it did in a profound way, and soon enough I found myself the only atheist I knew amongst my family, friends, and community." Brendan Powell Smith, '[http://nontheistnexus.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=140&Itemid=295 Interview: The Brick Testament's Reverend Brendan Powell Smith!]', Nontheist Nexus Zine, May 22, 2008 (accessed June 9, 2008).</ref>
* [[Normal Bob Smith|"Normal" Bob Smith]] (1969&ndash;): American graphic artist, who prompted controversy with his creation of [[Jesus Dress Up]].<ref> Smith's explanation of his atheism to a hate mailer on his website [http://www.normalbobsmith.com/hatemail202.html]</ref>
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* [[Normal Bob Smith|"Normal" Bob Smith]] (1969&ndash;): American graphic artist, who prompted controversy with his creation of [[Jesus Dress Up]].<ref>[http://www.normalbobsmith.com/hatemail202.html Smith's explanation of his atheism to a hate mailer on his website]</ref>
 
* [[Kurt Westergaard]] (1935&ndash;): [[Denmark|Danish]] [[cartoonist]], creator of a controversial cartoon of the Muslim prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb as a turban which was part of the [[Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy]].<ref>Interviewed by the ''New York Times'' on March 20, 2008, Westergaard said: "I have always been an atheist, and I dare say these events have only intensified my atheism." [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/20/books/20cartoon.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin Outrage at Cartoons Still Tests the Danes] (accessed April 10, 2008).</ref>
 
* [[Kurt Westergaard]] (1935&ndash;): [[Denmark|Danish]] [[cartoonist]], creator of a controversial cartoon of the Muslim prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb as a turban which was part of the [[Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy]].<ref>Interviewed by the ''New York Times'' on March 20, 2008, Westergaard said: "I have always been an atheist, and I dare say these events have only intensified my atheism." [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/20/books/20cartoon.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin Outrage at Cartoons Still Tests the Danes] (accessed April 10, 2008).</ref>
  
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* [[Christopher Robin Milne]] (1920&ndash;1996): Son of author [[A. A. Milne]] who, as a young child, was the basis of the character Christopher Robin in his father's [[Winnie-the-Pooh]] stories and in two books of poems.<ref>"The books live on. But in real life Toad is dead; Alice is dead; Peter Pan and Wendy are long flown; and now Christopher Robin, a 'sweet and decent' man who overcame a childhood in which he was haunted by Pooh and taunted by peers, has left without saying his prayers - he was a dedicated atheist - aged 75." Euan Ferguson, Robin's gone, but swallows linger on', ''The Observer'', April 28, 1996, News, Pg. 14.</ref>
 
* [[Christopher Robin Milne]] (1920&ndash;1996): Son of author [[A. A. Milne]] who, as a young child, was the basis of the character Christopher Robin in his father's [[Winnie-the-Pooh]] stories and in two books of poems.<ref>"The books live on. But in real life Toad is dead; Alice is dead; Peter Pan and Wendy are long flown; and now Christopher Robin, a 'sweet and decent' man who overcame a childhood in which he was haunted by Pooh and taunted by peers, has left without saying his prayers - he was a dedicated atheist - aged 75." Euan Ferguson, Robin's gone, but swallows linger on', ''The Observer'', April 28, 1996, News, Pg. 14.</ref>
 
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