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December 13, 2016

Out and Proud Celebrity Atheists

Seth MacFarlane

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At the age of 11, Seth questioned the existence of God despite the fact that he was raised Catholic. “It’s like the civil rights movement. There have to be people who are vocal about the advancement of knowledge over faith.”

Julianne Moore

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Julianne hasn’t really made the claim that she’s an all out atheist. But she has made it clear her feelings on religion, “I learned when my mother died five years ago that there is no ‘there’ there. Structure, it’s all imposed. We impose order and narrative on everything in order to understand it. Otherwise, there’s nothing but chaos.”

Keira Knightley

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Keira feels as if atheism makes a person more accountable for their actions and forgiveness is like a get out of jail free card, “If only I wasn’t an atheist; I could get away with anything. You’d just ask for forgiveness, and then you’d be forgiven.”

Barney Frank

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The Congressman from Massachusetts actually felt more comfortable coming out as gay than he did coming out as atheist. It was 1987 when he came out and remained in office until 2014. That’s when he decided to let everyone know he also didn’t believe in God.

Sir Ian McKellen

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Sir Ian believes religion is being used to abuse the LGBT community. He often rips pages out of Bibles when he gets a chance, “I do, yes. It’s Leviticus 18:22 that I object to. And I only do it when I’m in a hotel room, and there’s a Bible in the drawer next to the bed. I don’t want those nasty, homophobic sentences lying within 12 inches of my head.”

Lance Armstrong

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Lance has come out even in his autobiography to denounce any belief in God, “At the end of the day, if there was indeed some Body or presence standing there to judge me, I hoped I would be judged on whether I had lived a true life, not on whether I believed in a certain book, or whether I’d been baptized.”

Bruce Willis

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He doesn’t quite come out as a full-fledged atheist. He just has ideas that God is not actually a being and religion isn’t necessary anymore, “Modern religion is the end trail of modern mythology. But there are people who interpret the Bible literally. Literally! I choose not to believe that’s the way.”

Jesse Ventura

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Wrestler, commentator, and former Governor ran as a Christian, then later admitted he was an atheist, “Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people’s business.”

George Clooney

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George was brought up Catholic, but has drifted away from his upbringing, “I don’t believe in Heaven and Hell. I don’t know if I believe in God. All I know is that as an individual, I won’t allow this life — the only thing I know to exist — to be wasted.”

Arian Foster

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Arian is actually very active in a group called Openly Secular, “Everybody always says the same thing: You have to have faith. That’s my whole thing: Faith isn’t enough for me. For people who are struggling with that, they’re nervous about telling their families or afraid of the backlash … man, don’t be afraid to be you. I was, for years.”

Rocky Anderson

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The former mayor from Salt Lake City, Utah, a very religious city as everyone knows, was openly atheist even while in office. His answer when asked if he had a religion, “None. I decided when in college that I should carefully consider the best ethical course for my life, then follow those guideposts…”

Paul Giamatti

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Paul’s father actually taught him that it was a waste of time to believe in God. But he has an interesting family dynamic, “My wife is Jewish, and I’m fine with my son being raised as a Jew. … I will talk to my son about my atheism when the time is right.”

Emma Thompson

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Emma actually argues against any morality Christianity might have, “I`m an atheist…I regard religion with fear and suspicion. It’s not enough to say that I don`t believe in God. I actually regard the system as distressing.”

Billy Joel

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He was raised Jewish, but his parents weren’t very devout. He was left to just sort it out on his own, “you decide first of all that you will not ask Daddy – meaning God in all of his imagined forms – for a helping hand when you’re in a jam. Then you have to try and make some sort of sense out of your problems.”

Ernie Chambers

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State Senator of Nebraska, Ernie once filed a lawsuit against God. Not because he was serious about it, but because in Nebraska every lawsuit is heard no matter how frivolous. He has made the claim very clear that he is an atheist.

Penn Jillette

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Penn grew up Christian, but lost faith somewhere along the way, “If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense.”

James Cameron

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Brought up in a Protestant home, James never really believed. Considering himself agnostic at first, now he’s hardcore on his stance, “I’ve sworn off agnosticism, which I now call cowardly atheism.”

Hugh Laurie

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Hugh was raised Presbyterian. But, it was a dramatic religious upbringing that turned him away from the church, “I don’t believe in God, but I have this idea that if there were a God, or destiny of some kind looking down on us, that if he saw you taking anything for granted, he’d take it away.”

Jodie Foster

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An awesome aspect of Jodie as an atheist mother, she actually teaches her kids all religions and encourages them to decide what they want to believe, “I absolutely love religions and the rituals. Even though I don’t believe in God, we celebrate pretty much every religion in our family with the kids.”

Kathy Griffin

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Kathy was sent to Catholic school as a kid and is now a militant atheist. When accepting an award in 2007, she said in her speech, “A lot of people come up here, and they thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn’t help me a bit.”

Bill Gates

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While not a full-fledged atheist, he certainly isn’t much for believing in God even though religion on its own merit has some value to him, “In terms of doing things, I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don’t know if there’s a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid.”

Alan Cumming

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Alan was excommunicated from the Church of Scotland after criticizing it, “I was made to go to church, but no, it wasn’t a very religious thing. And I’m completely atheist. I don’t hold any beliefs about God and stuff.”

Sir Richard Branson

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Sir Richard actually wants someone to convince him that a God exists, “I would love to believe. It’s very comfortable to believe.”

Javier Bardem

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Brought up Catholic, Javier started to question and drifted completely away from the church after his father passed away, “I’ve always said I don’t believe in God; I believe in Al Pacino.”

Ricky Gervais

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Raised Christian and was very devout about it until he started to realize how his mother was using it to make him be good, “Wow. No God. If mum had lied to me about God, had she also lied to me about Santa? Yes, of course, but who cares? The gifts kept coming. And so did the gifts of my new found atheism. The gifts of truth, science, nature. The real beauty of this world.”

Bjork

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Bjork has attacked just about everyone, even the athiests themselves, “If I get into trouble, there’s no God or Allah to sort me out. I have to do it myself.”

Rachel Griffiths

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How Rachel describes it, what she believes might not come across as athiest. But she acknowledges her own sense of morality, “I was raised, Christian. I’m an atheist, with a slight Buddhist leaning. I’ve got a very strong sense of morality. It’s just a different morality than the loud voices of the Christian morality…”

John Malkovich

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Raised Catholic, John somewhat downplays how he really feels about religion, “I’m an atheist. I wouldn’t say I’m without spiritual belief particularly, or rather, specifically. Maybe I’m agnostic, but I’m not quite sure there’s some great creator somehow controlling everything and giving us free will.”

Cillian Murphy

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After spending some quality time with scientists when he was studying for his role on Sunshine, he went from agnostic to full-fledged atheist, “It just seems to me to be irrational that there’s an omnipotent, omnipresent being who was there at the beginning, and will be there forever, it’s not logical…”

Piper Chapman

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Piper weighs heavily in on the subject of religion, “I can’t get behind a supreme being that weighs in on the Tony Awards while a million people get whacked by machetes. I don’t believe a billion Indians are going to hell, I don’t think that we get cancer to learn life lessons, and I don’t believe that people die young because God needs another angel.”

Mark Zuckerberg

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Mark makes it very clear where he stands. He even has the fact that he’s an atheist proudly displayed on his Facebook account, “The next time you get bullied by religious people on Facebook, remind them that they are using hardware and software invented and built by atheists, including Facebook.”

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