Bad News For Brazilian “Ateus”

The Brazilian flag reads “ordem e progresso” – order and progress. Yet, it looks like the land of samba and sugar cane still has plenty of progress left to make.

You may recall a study that came out awhile ago in which it was found that 48% of all Americans would vote against any candidate for any political office who was revealed to be an atheist. Many candidates are smeared to look like atheists, or in some cases, smeared for simply attending an event run by atheists. But compared to Brazil, this is the land of milk and honey for those who don’t believe. According to a similar survey conducted there that I recently uncovered, only 13% of Brazilians would vote for an atheist candidate. And to top it off, the nation’s most recognized landmark is a giant statue of Jesus. Ouch.

However, there is a glimmer of hope. Brazilian nonbelievers have been making their presence felt on the internet and elsewhere in the public sphere. One Brazilian youtube user, aside from confirming the belief that all Brazilian girls are hot, has alot to say about religion and why she is an ateu – an atheist – and she’s even taken the trouble to speak English in all her clips. The best thing atheists and secularists can do, whether in the US, Brazil, or elsewhere, is to increase our visibility. Most people have their public perceptions of atheists shaped by the least atheistic people out there, and by standing up we can show more reasonable people that we aren’t the monsters we’re made out to be. And if the situation improves in Brazil, some countries even worse for atheists than it is might learn by its example.


2 Responses to “Bad News For Brazilian “Ateus””

  1. 1 Nicolas Cavallero Auler October 14, 2009 at 4:33 am


    I’m from Brazil man, and the reality here for atheists is really hard. Try to express your believes in your university class, in your work and even in your family and see what happens, it’s fuck-up. They judge you like they judge the witches in the middle age’s. HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA

    I create a new blog to talk about those matters, it’s just like your blog, but Brazilian!! I’l be very glad if you could favoritate my blog or something like that.

    Thank’s for the infos and sorry for the bad english!! Third world country, you know! hahahhahah

  2. 2 Drew March 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm


    I really apologize for not writing back to you sooner! Sorry to hear about the situation there. I’ve been living in South America for the past 2 months, so far it hasn’t been too bad, though I can’t find any copies of Dawkins in Castellano. I’m in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and so far things haven’t been terrible in terms of my atheism. It’s the same back in the US, larger cities are generally more tolerant of atheism than the countryside, and I guess it might be the same for Brazil, though I haven’t had a chance to visit yet. Well, I hope things get better and I’ll definitely add your site to my sidebar.


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