Mid-Ohio Atheists event July 21

Mid-Ohio Atheists will host a regional atheist picnic at noon Sunday at the North Park Shelter in Mohican State Park.

The picnic is a family event for atheists, freethinkers and nonbelievers. It is a chance for local religious leaders and believers to take part in a social event and see that nonbelievers are not much different than themselves. It is not a setting for arguments or debates.

The picnic will include a contest to benefit Harmony House, a homeless shelter. The contest will be judged on who brings the most toilet paper, trash bags and paper towels for donation. Prizes will be awarded.

Five speakers are scheduled, and there will be activities for children and adults, including cornhole and Frisbee. Speakers include Frank Zindler, director of American Atheists Press, on

'No Religion' is World's Third-Largest "religion".

REUTERS - People with no religious affiliation make up the third-largest global group in a new study of the size of the world's faiths, placing after Christians and Muslims and just before Hindus.

The study, based on extensive data for the year 2010, also showed Islam and Hinduism are the faiths mostly likely to expand in the future while Jews have the weakest growth prospects.

It showed Christianity is the most evenly spread religion, present in all regions of the world, while Hinduism is the least global with 94 percent of its population in one country, India.

Overall, 84 percent of the world's inhabitants, which it estimated at 6.9 billion, identify with a religion, according to the study entitled "The Global Religious Landscape" issued by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life on Tuesday.

The "unaffiliated" category covers all those who profess no religion, from atheists and agnostics to people with spiritual beliefs but no link to any established faith.

"Many of the religiously unaffiliated do hold religious or spiritual beliefs," the study stressed.

"Belief in God or a higher power is shared by 7 percent of unaffiliated Chinese adults, 30 percent of unaffiliated French adults and 68 percent of unaffiliated U.S. adults," it said.

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Report: Atheists face worldwide discrimination, persecution

Atheists and other non-religious people around the world face discrimination and persecution according to a recently released report. The facts are appalling, and deeply disturbing, to anyone who values freedom of conscience and simple human rights.

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Atheists Advocate Separation of Church and State at DNC

Cranford, NJ-- American Atheists will participate in a protest today organized by the Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics (CAA), an American Atheists affiliate, during the Democratic National Convention. The protest will be held September 4, 2012, from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. at the Speakers Platform on the corner of Stonewall and Caldwell street, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The protest will include speakers from the CAA discussing the necessity of the separation of religion and government in the United States.

Mary Snow, Vice President of the Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics said, "The DNC's presence in Charlotte has provided CAA with a great opportunity to remind our local and national elected officials of their duty to serve all citizens regardless of their religious beliefs or lack thereof."

David Silverman, President of American Atheists said, "I'm proud to stand with the CAA as we lift our voices in opposition to the position religion has in our governmental system. Our nation was founded upon a system that guarantees equal rights to all people. By allowing religion to have a prominent place in the leadership of our country, we violate these freedoms."

For more information about the protest, please contact the Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics at: http://charlotteatheists.com