Violence, threats, exploitation or folly against themselves or others committed by religious groups, officials or lone fanatics

Religious belief does tremendous harm to believers themselves and to innocent others, but the saddest sufferers are children. This page is dedicated to the child victims of adult delusions.

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Scorecard for 2007* -- see Details

Reports of religious folly, violence or exploitation: 20.
Deaths attributable to religious beliefs: roughly 92.
Reports of atheistic folly, violence or exploitation: 0.
Deaths attributable to atheism: 0

*I didn't start keeping records till November.

Scorecard for 2008 -- see Details

Reports of religious folly, violence or exploitation: 234.
Deaths attributable to religious beliefs: roughly 8000.
Reports of atheistic folly, violence or exploitation: 1.
Deaths attributable to atheism: 10

Date
Report
Comment
2009-01-01
639 Algerians die in 2008 in radical Islamic violence.
2009-01-09
Catholic commentator in UK plagiarises website to attack atheist bus slogan.

2009-01-12
Papua New Guinea: at least 50 sorcery-related deaths in 2008

2009-01-13
US woman claims ramming cars is 'doing God's work'

2009-01-13
Australian woman jailed in Kuwait for 'insulting Emir'.

2009-01-13
Turkey: five family members sentenced to death for 'honour killing' of pregnant rape victim.
No winners here...
2009-01-13
Vatican orders: Catholics who see visions must keep quiet until investigated.
Don't they trust devout believers to make rational judgements?
2009-01-14
Genocide? Confess to an ordinary priest. Defiled the Eucharist? Go see the Pope!
And they wonder why there is a 'confession crisis'...
2009-01-15
Saudi 10-year-olds 'perfectly marriageable', says senior cleric.

2009-01-15
US: Prominent Ohio Catholic charged with promoting prostitution online

2009-01-16
:Lithuanian debt collector hires witch to track down defaulters.

2009-01-16
UK; Christian bus driver refuses to drive buses with atheist slogan.
Tolerance is for other people.
2009-01-17
Australian taxpayer still funding 'exorcisms'.

2009-01-18
Afghanistan: suicide bombers kill six, injure dozens.

2009-01-19
1600 dead Palestinians = 'great victory' to Hamas leader.
Today's special: self-delusion. No limit.
2009-01-20
Afghanistan: 22 Taliban militants killed.
Ditto.
2009-01-21
US: 12 children die every year after medical treatment withdrawn on religious grounds.
Ditto.
2009-01-22
Australian cleric: 'No such thing as rape' in marriage.
Ditto.
2009-01-22
US Catholic priest embezzles $800,000 from congregation.
Of course, deluding others works too..
2009-01-24
Pope lifts 20-year excommunication of Holocaust-denying bishop
Other bishops 'sorry' about anti-Semitic colleague.
2009-01-25
Suicide bomber kills 1, wounds 8, in Afghanistan

2009-01-25
Atheism not officially recognised in Indonesia.
But Obama pays tribute.
2009-01-27
British naturalist receives hate mail from creationists for not crediting God.
Well, He should have signed His name on the bottom...
2009-01-28
Court ruling: US religious school can expel girls who think they might be lesbians.
You don't even need video evidence...
2009-01-29
Taliban closes schools, intimidates female students in Afghanistan.

2009-01-29
Over 1000 Afghani citizens killed in religion-related violence in 2008.

2009-01-30
Papua New Guinea: accused 'sorcerer' hacked to death.
Update: murderer 'didn't know' it was illegal.
2009-02-01
Northern Ireland: car bomb found near school.

2009-02-02
Dubai man given suspended jail sentence for 'glittering' cross-dressing.
Related news: Pope calls off visit to Gulf.
2009-02-02
Suicide bombing kills 18 police in Afghanistan.

2009-02-02
Pope promotes cleric who believes Hurricane Katrina was divine retribution.
He doesn't like Harry Potter either...
2009-02-03
Committee endorses bill to allow handguns in Arkansas churches
How can you have a wedding without a shotgun?
2009-02-04
Australian Christian MP prays for rescue -- from another Australian Christian MP.
God made Fred and Gordon, not Adam and Steve.
2009-02-04
Shame of rape used to recruit female Muslim suicide bombers
Next bus slogan: ''Rapists for God'...?
2009-02-08
British child care worker struck off register because 16yo Muslim girl in her care converts to Christianity.

2009-02-09
Holocaust-denying priest decides to 'review evidence' when threatened with sacking.
If only all believers would do the same...
2009-02-10
Polish geologist in Pakistan beheaded by Taliban
Perhaps he claimed the Earth was round..
2009-02-10
Italian woman kept alive in vegetative state for 17 years.

2009-02-10
Australian pastor: bushfires God's vengeance for abortion
Wouldn't it be nicer if He just stopped unwanted pregnancies?
2009-02-12
Taliban attacks kill 26 and wound 55 in Afghanistan.

2009-02-12
Indian newspaper editor and publisher arrested for publishing article critical of religion.
So much for an open society...
2009-02-13
Five Afghan children die in Australian Army -- Taliban gunfight.
And Australian troops are fighting Afghani peasants because...?
2009-02-16
Dubai Literature Festival bans writer of book with gay Arab character.

2009-02-17
US: Founder of Muslim TV station charged with beheading murder of wife.
The station aims at 'countering stereotypes'...
2009-02-19
Florida student gets 15 years for posting YouTube video on remote bombing methods.
What was he thinking? Oh, that's what...
2009-02-20
Australian Catholic priest sacked for offering 'relevant' communion.

2009-02-20
Pakistan: sectarian bombing kills 25 at Shiite funeral.

2009-02-20
Attendance at religious services shown to correlate with support for suicide bombers.

2009-02-21
Australia: legal battle for control of church costs over $4 million.
Nice to see someone benefit from religion - pity it's only lawyers.
2009-02-23
Afghan suicide bombers kill selves, police officer.

2009-02-26
US father stabs son for refusing to take hat off in church.
In Arkansas he could have shot him.
2009-02-26
Australia: Catholic Communications Minister wastes millions on unworkable Internet censorship plan.
Catholicism -- brought to you this week by the Australian taxpayer.
2009-03-01
At least 45 albinos killed since November 2007 in Tanzanian witchcraft murders.

2009-03-03
'The Vatican listens and learns' -- just not to what atheists are actually //saying//.
Q: What do you call a Christian who genuinely understands science?
A: An atheist, apparently.
2009-03-03
US: State legislator proposes Bill to ban Richard Dawkins from speaking in Oklahoma
How dare he try and make us think?
2009-03-05
Vatican tells faithful to abstain from SMS messaging for Lent
Watch for Ten Commandments, Vol. II: coming to a phone near you.
2009-03-05
Bomb kills 13 at Iraqi livestock market.

2009-03-06
Brazil: Catholic Church objects to abortion for 9-y-o girl made pregnant by stepfather.
Because we know God can't discriminate between good and evil...
2009-03-09
Most liberating invention for women in the twentieth century? The washing machine, says Vatican Daily.
And you thought it was going to be the Pill!
2009-03-08
Northern Ireland: two police shot dead by 'IRA dissidents'

2009-03-11
Suicide bombing in Iraq kills 33

2009-03-11
Pakistan: troops kill 35 Islamic militants

2009-03-11
US: South Carolina pastor sets fire to his own church
Parson charged with arson...?
2009-03-12
Australia: Jewish paper pulls ads for controversial Israeli speaker: editor 'doesn't like the crowd who are bringing him out'.
Life of Brian, anyone?
2009-03-15
Thousands flock to see Christ appearing on church cushion in island of Reunion.
Just think what a live comeback could do...
2009-03-17
Israeli vigilantes vow bloody revenge.

2009-03-17
Ninth Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan. Tenth.
What for -- this?
2009-03-18
Curing AIDS in Africa -- 'spiritual awakening' better than condoms, says Pope.
Oh, and try to be friendly with the dying... they might put in a good word for you in Heaven.
2009-03-20
Indian businessman repeatedly rapes 14-y-o daughter on mystic 's advice
And the mystic gets her sister...
2009-03-20
Iranian journalist suicides while in prison for blasphemy.

2009-03-22
Pope to Angolans: Don't fear evil spirits and sorcerers.
Satan is so much more convincing... Meanwhile, two die in the stampede to hear Papa's good news.
2009-03-24
Taliban commander and 9 militants killed in Afghanistan

2009-03-24
Saudis oppressed by 'religious police'.
Your oil dollars at work..
2009-03-24
Israeli troops use 11-y-o Palestinian boy as human shield.

2009-03-27
Pakistan: suicide bomber kills 47 in mosque.

2009-03-27
'Honour killings' and forced suicides in Turkey reach record levels.

2009-03-26
Welsh psychics granted 4,500 pounds of taxpayer's money to 'teach people to communicate with the dead'.
Oddly enough, the dead all say 'Pay them more!'
2009-03-30
Pakistan: 12 die in Islamic militant attack on police academy.

2009-03-31
Afghan President signs bill to legalise rape in marriage.
These are the people our soldiers are dying for...
2009-03-26
Pakistan: Taliban blocks polio vaccination project.

2009-04-01
German Internet murderer 'saw eyes of Jesus'.
But, hey, there are 98 women he didn't kill...
2009-04-01
US and Afghan troops kill 30 Taliban.

2009-04-01
Islamic militants in Afghanistan kill 17 in suicide bombing
'Militant' atheists are rude about the Pope. Militant believers kill people.

2009-04-02
US missile kills 14 Islamic militants in Pakistan

2009-04-05
Islamic suicide bomber kills 8 in Pakistan

2009-04-05
Four Thai soldiers killed in border squabble with Cambodia over temple.

2009-04-06
Mexican police bulldoze shrines to patron saint of drug dealers.

2009-04-06
17-y-o Pakistani girl flogged 34 times for alleged adultery

2009-04-06
37 Iraqis die in Baghdad bombings.

2009-04-11
Iraq: Muslim suicide bomber kills 8 in Mosul.

2009-04-09
Irish Catholic enquiry into child abuse by priests expected to reveal 'thousands' of cases.

2009-04-12
Saudi judge upholds legality of 8-yo-girl's 'marriage'.

2009-04-12
Swedish church unveils life-size Lego Jesus.
Build your own Plastic Prophet today!
2009-04-13
German bishop: 'Atheists responsible for Nazism'
All that 'Gott mit uns' stuff was just a German joke...
2009-04-14
Russian Muslim charged with hiring hit men to kill his daughter -- for wearing a miniskirt.

2009-04-14
Vatican rejects intelligent, competent candidates for US Ambassador because they don't hold to Catholic principles.
Intelligent and a practicing Catholic? Where are they going to find someone like that?
2009-04-15
Taliban kill young Afghani couple for eloping

2009-04-14
Harvard Islamic chaplain describes murder of apostates as 'great wisdom'
2009-04-20
Al-Qaeda uses children under 14 to recruit young suicide bombers

2009-04-19
'Sexually predatory' headmaster outed at Australian religious school; Presbyterian Church accused of cover-up

2009-04-23
Seventy-eight killed in Iraq suicide bombings.

2009-04-23
Over 87,000 Iraqis dead by violence since 2005
You know, just maybe it would have been better to let them alone...
2009-04-26
Catholic Paraguayan Bishop fathers child(ren) in 'moment of weakness'.
Only one moment of weakness? Or three? Or more?
2009-04-26
Australian troops kill 80 Taliban Afghanis.
Now we can all sleep more safely in our beds in Vaucluse...
2009-04-26
Bomb kills 12 children in north-west Pakistan.

2009-04-27
Three Iraqis murdered -- just for being Christian.

2009-04-27
Saudi re-education camp 'rehabilitates' hardline jihadists.
But who will rehabilitate hardline Saudis?
2009-04-27
Indian farmer sacrifices 10-y-o granddaughter for 'good harvest'.
What kind of maniac would prefer a good harvest to a granddaughter?
2009-04-24
Australia: former Anglican priest jailed for pedophile offences.

2009-04-28
Monks Behaving Badly: Thai Buddhists flaunt their homosexuality.
Pink handbags! With yellow robes? What were they thinking?
2009-04-30
US: Support for torture increases with regular church attendance.

2009-04-30
Hundreds flock to see image of Virgin Mary on cooking griddle in California, US.
Mary says: 'Lay off the saturated fats, kids!'
2009-05-03
Over 100 killed in Pakistan in attempts to repel Taliban takover.

2009-05-03
Pakistan: Islamic militants kill 18 near Afghan border.

2009-05-05
Seventh teacher charged over pedophilia at Australian Catholic school.
Others include the principal, vice-principal and chaplain..
2009-05-05
Australia: Homeopathic parents kill their baby by ignoring conventional medicine.
Update: parents found guilty of manslaughter.
2009-05-09
Hundreds killed and thousands displaced in Taliban insurgency in Pakistan.

2009-05-11
180-200 Islamic insurgents killed in Pakistan.

2009-05-08
US: Student at Christian High School forbidden to attend girlfriend's Prom Night

2009-01-20
US child dies because parents opt for religion over medical treatment
One of 300 in 25 years...
2009-05-12
Muslim cook in Britain claims 'racial discrimination' after being asked to cook pork products.
Oh, the things you can resent if you really put your mind to it...
2009-05-12
US 13-y-o with cancer refuses chemotherapy because of shamanistic beliefs in alternative medicine.
Update: mother absconds with child after court orders medical treatment.
2009-05-14
'Reject hatred and prejudice', says Pope in Nazareth.
Except against women, gays and atheists...
2009-05-14
Atheists 'not fully human' says Irish Cardinal.

2009-05-07
Germans flock to see 'holy cross' found inside potato.
But why was it found by a Muslim?
2009-05-16
Pakistani military kills over 1000 alleged Islamic militants.

2009-05-18
Car bombing and missile attack add 40 to Pakistan death toll.

2009-05-21
Irish report on Catholic institutions reveals institutionalised violence, abuse and pedophilia.
Your taxes at work... A victim speaks.
Update: Church cries poor, despite evidence to the contrary.
(When did they ever worry about evidence?)
2009-05-22
Sydney: Salvation Army advertisement offensive to sex workers.

2009-05-22
Serbia: Orthodox Church drug centre 'rehabilitates' through violence

2009-05-22
Church of England accused of drugging girls in its care.

2009-05-21
'Child abuse a crime? We didn't know.' says US ex-archbishop.
Evil or stupid? Not much of a choice, is it?
2009-05-24
US: Mother of child denied medical treatment for religious reasons found guilty of reckless homicide.

2009-05-23
56 dead as Somalian muslims attempt violent overthrow of government

2009-05-24
Rival Sikh factions brawl at temple in Austria: 16 injured. One leader dies.
A small religion, but trying hard in the lunacy stakes...
2009-05-24
Catholic private school bans books including Paradise Lost and the Divine Comedy.

2009-05-24
Jewish theologians find work in Canadian hospitals making sure IVF is kosher.
"My son, the sperm guard..."
2009-05-26
Australia: eighth religious school staffer charged over pedophilia.

2009-05-26
Northern Ireland: Protestant football mob beats Catholic man to death.

2009-05-26
France: Church of Scientology on trial for fraud.

2009-05-27
Christian Swazi leader calls for HIV victims to be branded on buttocks.

2009-05-28
Taliban suicide squad kills 30 Pakistanis in retaliation for attacks.
Religion -- winning hearts and minds for over 5000 years...
2009-05-29
God tells American to visit Burmese dissident leader; fails to warn him it might earn her five years in jail.
God really hates people who talk back.
2009-05-30
Australian religious schools take legal action against parents who can't pay fees.
"Suffer the little children to come unto me..."
2009-06-01
Iraqi bomb blast kills reporter and wounds journalist.

2009-06-01
USA: doctor shot dead in church for providing legal abortions.

2009-06-02
'Reincarnated' Dalai Lama would rather have television, football and girls.
A sensible religious leader? Could be a first!
2009-06-03
US: Four Islamic converts in NY charged with plan to bomb synagogues, shoot down planes.
Good thing they got religion, or they might have turned nasty.
2009-06-03
Ten Afghani security guards killed in Taliban bombings.

2009-06-05
Forty Pakistanis die in mosque bombing by Taliban.

2009-06-07
Islamic infighting kills 123 Somalis.
These guys can't get on with anybody.
2009-06-07
Pakistani militias kill four Taliban in retaliation for bombing

2009-06-09
Thirteen Pakistani militants die in retaliation for retaliation for retaliation...
What's wrong with this sentence? Rabi said the tribesmen had sworn on the Quran that they would not let the [Islamic] militants go unpunished.
2009-06-10
Five people killed in Pakistan when Islamic militants attack hotel.

2009-06-10
Afghanistan: hand grenade tossed into crowd kills two, wounds 60.

2009-06-10
Sydney Anglican Diocese loses more than $100m in stock market.
'Sell all you have and give to the poor'?
2009-06-10
Muslim convert in US kills one soldier, wounds another.
More retaliation...
2009-06-10
Islamic militants murder judge in Russian republic

2009-06-11
US Neo-nazi kills guard at US Holocaust Museum

2009-06-11
Islamic insurgency leaves hundreds of thousands of Somalis homeless.

2009-06-11
23 more deaths in Pakistan insurgency.

2009-06-12
Iraq: Sunni parliamentarian killed in sectarian violence.

2009-06-12
New Zealand: eye-gouging 'exorcists' found guilty of manslaughter.

2009-06-14
Yemen: nine expatriates kidnapped by Shi'ite rebels.
Update: bodies of 3 women found.
2009-06-17
US: Christian Republican Senator and Promise Keeper admits to long-term affair with staff member.
Chastity is for other people.
2009-06-17
Pakistani tribesmen kill six Taliban in retaliation for mosque bombing.

2009-06-18
Anglican Church in Australia averages one complaint of child abuse per month.
And it's only taken nineteen years to provoke some action...
2009-06-18
Iran: 'at least seven' protesters killed as theocracy struggles to suppress dissent.

2009-06-18
20 Somalians including government minister killed in Islamic suicide bombing.

2009-06-16
Jewish couple in Britain claim 'religious discrimination' -- by automatic movement sensors.
Believers beware: technology hates you.
2009-06-21
Northern Iraq: truck bomb kills more than 70 people.

2009-06-20
English church offers free beer for men attending on Father's Day.
All we need is 51 more reasons to go to church on all those other weeks.
2009-05-13
Opposing homosexual clergy like 'fight against Nazis' says Scottish minister.
Well, they both get into leather...
2009-06-23
More than 450 arrested, 17 dead in Iran as corrupt theocracy fights for survival

2009-06-24
Afghanistan: 23 more dead in sectarian violence

2009-06-24
Pakistan: Taliban leader killed by own guards
Life's never dull for religious maniacs. Or long.
2009-06-24
Pakistan: 55 Islamic militants killed in US missile strikes

2009-06-25
Saudi Arabia: 67 Filipino men arrested and charged for dressing as women at a private party

2009-06-27
US Pastor: 'Bring your guns to church'.
You might bag an abortionist. Or even a family member...
2009-06-27
Pakistan: five Islamic militants killed in gun battle.

2009-06-27
Iran: 'Execute protest leaders' urges senior cleric
How can you hear a protest when your head is full of fog?
2009-06-27
Iraq: 20 killed in Baghdad motorcycle bombing.

2009-06-28
Turkish TV show: priests compete to convert 'atheists'.
But what if the atheists convert them?
2009-06-30
Car bombing kills 27 in Northern Iraq.

2009-07-01
Islamic insurgents in Thailand kill 3700 over five years.

2009-07-02
Australian homeopath kills daughter by neglect, threatens judge in court.
Update: jail for six and four years for parents
2009-06-26
"Homosexuality worse than terrorism" claims US lawmaker.
Because it's -- you know -- just icky!
2009-07-05
Pakistan: air strikes kill nine Islamic militants.

2009-07-04
Afghanistan: two US soldiers killed in bombing.

2009-07-05
Philippines: Islamic Liberation Front bombing kills five.

2009-07-02
US: Black Florida residents protest against atheist billboard
Because this time the minority is someone else...
2009-07-07
Australian policeman charged with assault after forcible 'exorcism'.

2009-07-02
US police use taser and pepper spray on recalcitrant pastor.
"Turn the other cheek, father, and we'll zap that one too."
2009-07-08
'Black magic' used against Indonesian President
But he's OK - he has prayer! (And it's not funny. This lunatic commands 400,000 troops.)
2009-07-08
Your Jordanian sister is raped. Do you a) Express love and sympathy? b) Go to the police? c) Shoot her down in cold blood?
But that's OK too -- they've given him seven years...
2009-07-09
Afghanistan: 25, including children, killed in bomb blast.

2009-07-09
Iraq: 40 die in bombings.
Religion is the sea in which fanatics swim.
2009-07-10
England: teacher in Catholic school arrested for murder attempt and assault on students.
Of course, he could be an atheist. But what are the odds?
2009-07-10
Pakistan: air strikes kill 24 militant Muslims.

2009-07-11
Afghanistan: eight more British troops killed.

2009-07-12
Iraq: eight killed in car bombing.

2009-07-19
Afghanistan: Australian solder killed.

2009-07-19
Indonesia: Jemaah Islamia behind hotel bombing murders.

2009-07-19
Jamaica: Christianity fuels homophobia as gays bashed and killed.
And the Bishop blames the victims...
2009-07-19
Special treatment: religious organizations in Australia exempted from discrimination laws.

2009-07-21
50 dead as Pakistani troops assault Islamic militants.

2009-07-18
Catholic Church confirms: involvement in abortion for any reason = excommunication
Explain to me again why excommunication is a bad thing?
2009-07-21
Malaysia: Muslim model sentenced to caning -- for drinking beer
Insert 'getting stoned' joke of your choice here...
2009-07-21
Afghanistan: six killed in Taliban attacks

2009-07-24
US: Five New Jersey rabbis arrested in anti-corruption sweep.

2009-07-26
Afghanistan: Seven Islamic militants killed.

2009-07-29
Islamic fundamentalists kill 250 in northern Nigeria.

2009-07-30
Sudan: women whipped for wearing trousers.
Because it's -- you know -- subversive.
2009-07-29
Pakistani children trained as suicide bombers by Taliban.

2009-08-03
Two killed in Israeli gay nightclub:ultra-orthodox Jews suspected.





2009-08-04
Afghanistan: Taliban rockets attack Kabul.

2009-08-01
US: Creationist theme park owner convicted of tax fraud.
"I work for God," says Hovind. And he got away with it for 17 years.
2009-07-16
Iranian court sentences folk singer to five years jail for singing Koran verses.
Luckily for him, he's not there. Hey, the defendant's not there, the god's not there.. anyone see a pattern forming?




2009-08-08
Saudi men detained by authorities -- for talking about sex on TV
A warrant is out for Sarah Jessica Parker...
2009-08-08
Afghanistan: 19 killed in bombings and clashes.

2009-08-07
Pakistan: Taliban chief believed killed by missile strike.





2009-08-10
Iraq: over forty killed in string of Islamic bombings.


2009-08-11
"Go to hell, bitch!": Australian Archbishop's version of pastoral care.


2009-08-03
Pakistan: eight Christians murdered after Koran is 'defiled'.
"Hundreds lynched" after Blasphemy Act introduced in mid-80s. (Ireland, are you listening?)

2009-08-09
US pastor believes mass murderers go to heaven.
Shucks, it really is the land of opportunity...

2009-08-12
Israeli rabbis combat swine flu. By flying over the country. Blowing trumpets.
Show me where it says that in the Torah.

2009-08-14
Four more troops killed in Afghanistan.
Fighting for democracy...

2009-08-12
Philippines: 54 killed in attack on fundamentalist stronghold.


2009-08-15
Israel: Orthodox Jews want car parks closed on Saturdays.
It's hard to be as whacky as Islam, but it's good to see this plucky little religion trying hard.

2009-08-15
4 killed, 91 wounded in Afghan suicide bombing.


2009-08-15
Four die in Pakistani suicide bombing.


2009-08-15
Palestine: 22 die in Hamas shootout with fundamentalist group
Of course there are peaceable Muslims; they just don't make the news.

2009-08-16
Afghanistan passes misogynist law: women not to leave house without husband's permission.
Once again: this is the government our troops are dying for.

2009-08-16
Fijian island bans wearing pants, travelling on Sundays.
Quote: "..it's not a ban that hasn't been well thought out..."

2009-08-19
Fifteen killed in run-up to Afghani election.
Because if there's one thing a fundamentalist hates the thought of, it's free choice.
2009-08-20
Iraq: 75 die in Baghdad bombings.

2009-08-21
Somalia: 40 dead in battles with Islamic insurgents.

2009-08-26
Over 40 killed in Afghani bombings.

2009-08-26
Iran: show trials for more than 100 reformists in crackdown.
Moderate Muslims and well-meaning Western governments take note: these people are not your friends.
2009-08-29
Suicide bombing: four killed in northern Iraq.

2009-09-02
Eleven deaths in Iraq as troops move into fundamentalist Iranian camp.

2009-09-02
Afghanistan: 23 die in suicide bombing.

2009-09-04
Afghanistan: Up to 90 killed in NATO airstrike on Taliban hijackers.

2009-09-06
Yemen: dozens killed and wounded as ceasefire with Shi'ite rebels breaks down.

2009-09-07
Afghanistan: two Canadian soldiers killed and five injured in bombing.

2009-09-07
Pakistan: troops kill 33 Islamic militants

2009-09-07
Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 7, wounds 16

2009-09-08
Australia: Muslim school founder charged with stealing over $300,000.

2009-09-10
Mexico: Protestant priest on divine mission hijacks passenger plane
Police are looking for his two accomplices, aka 'The Son' and 'The Holy Spirit'.
2009-09-10
Jordan: the honour killings continue.
Sisters, daughters, nieces: the message is be afraid.
2009-09-14
Yemen twelve-year-old 'wife' dies in labour.

2009-09-13
Afghanistan: 'Dozens' of Taliban killed in US retaliation.

2009-09-14
Italy: Catholic priests successfully prosecuted for child abuse.
But forced sex with a deaf eight-year-old isn't enough to get bishop unbeatified.
2009-09-14
Indonesia: Aceh passes law condemning adulterers to death by stoning

2009-09-16
Strange bedfellows: Orthodox rabbis support schizophrenic Muslim creationist

2009-09-18
Somalia: Islamic bombing kills 16.

2009-09-18
Afghanistan: Islamic bombing kills 16.
Snap!
2009-09-18
Yemen: 80 killed in air raid on Shi'ite rebels.

2009-09-18
Indonesia: four Islamic militants killed.

2009-09-20
Australia: former Principal of Christian school convicted on seven counts of sexual assault.

2009-09-22
Iranian president 'proud' of Holocaust denial.

2009-09-14
US: Religious indoctrination produces mass murderer.

2009-09-10
US: Survey shows many women sexually harassed by religious leaders.

2009-09-22
Australia: Catholic schoolgirl breaks back on excursion: other students told to go on with exercise.

2009-09-25
Afghanistan: another 5 US soldiers killed.
How many is too many?
2009-09-26
Pakistan: 16 killed, 150 wounded in suicide bombings.

2009-09-27
Special treatment -- Australian churches allowed to discriminate in hiring staff.

2009-09-29
Sex abuse rife -- in //other// religions -- says Vatican.
Well, that makes it OK, then...
2009-10-01
Australia: pastor takes out award for most sexist comment.

2009-09-31
US: Married pastor fakes kidnapping to visit his girlfriend.
Spend your life talking about God, and it's going to affect your imagination...
2009-10-03
Thailand: Islamic militants kill two men

2009-10-02
Britain: Catholic priest jailed for sexual abuse of children in his care.
But why did it take thirty-seven years to catch him?
2009-10-05
Eight more US soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
Fighting for -- what, exactly?
2009-10-06
Pakistan: five dead in UN office bombing.

2009-10-06
Papua New Guinea: pastor in training jailed for raping daughter, years of abuse.

2009-10-08
Saudi Arabia: man sentenced to five years in prison and 1000 lashes -- for talking about his sex life on television





Note: Unfortunately religious believers around the world do so many stupid, violent things that it is taking too much of my time simply keeping this record up to date. To make my life easier I have moved to a blog format. From the 10th of October onwards, new religious atrocities will be posted at http://religiousatrocities.wordpress.com . See you there!













































































==Violence, threats, exploitation or folly against themselves or others committed by atheist groups, officials or lone fanatics


2008-09-23: Finnish atheist gunman kills ten, self, in school shooting.

The shortage of entries under this heading doesn't mean that atheists are perfect. Atheists are human too. But atheists are immune to at least one kind of 'groupthink' -- the adoption of a group's beliefs and behaviours to the extent that one's own decision-making abilities are attenuated or switched off altogether. As far as I know there is no reliable record of a group of atheists all encouraging each other to commit violence, intolerance or foolishness, or claiming that their group values take precedence over individual decisions based on conscience, instinct and training. But if anyone can provide me with a reliable recent report of violence or stupidity committed by one or more atheists, then I will add it to this list.

Jon.