Introducing Ateizm Derneği

Ateizm Derneği (The Association of Atheism) in Turkey was founded in April 2014 and is

the first Atheist Association in the Middle East, Balkans and among countries with predominately Muslim majority.

However, according to Hurriyet Daily News, the Gölbaşı 2nd Civil Court of Peace in Ankara, Turkey, is making it difficult for Turkish Internet users to access the


It took less than a year for a Turkish court to block the website of the country’s first official atheism association. . . .

The court ruling cites Article 216 of the Turkish Penal Law, which forbids “provoking the people for hate and enmity or degrading them.”

The Ateizm Derneği website explains

There is a double standard in Turkey, where an Atheist insults a Muslim he is punished, where a Muslim insults an Atheist he is applauded.

but has a message for its foreign supporters,

The Association of Atheism is representing its members and supporter[s] at the highest levels possible and will continue to do so.

Ateizm Derneği includes a copy of its report, “The Association of Atheism on Legal Personality in Turkey,” on its website.

Angus Reid survey: Faith in Canada

The Angus Reid Institute recently did a fairly comprehensive survey about religious beliefs and attitudes in Canada. Most of the results about the numbers of beliefs and the growth of non-belief won’t surprise regular readers here. But there were some interesting findings.

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