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ATHEIST. One who denies the existence of God.
     2. As atheists have not any religion that can bind their consciences to speak the truth, they are excluded from being witnesses. Bull. N. P. 292; 1 Atk. 40; Gilb. Ev. 129; 1 Phil. Ev. 19. See also, Co. Litt. 6 b.; 2 Inst. 606; 3 Inst. 165; Willes, R. 451 Hawk. B. 2, c. 46, s. 148; 2 Hale's P. C. 279.

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He would have been seven times more Epicure, and atheist, than he was.
I'm all on the side of the French soldiers like Dubosc, and I'm all against the French atheists like Hirsch; but it seems to me in this case we've made a mistake.
The atheist spoke in a tone that, coming from him, was quite startlingly respectful, and even, as it were, huskily sympathetic.
Oh, don't say anything," cried the atheist cobbler, dancing about in an ecstasy of admiration of the English legal system.
But he nodded rather eagerly, being only too ready to explain the Gothic splendours to someone more likely to be sympathetic than the Presbyterian blacksmith or the atheist cobbler.
Atheists In Kenya (AIK) was registered on February 17, 2016 but, just two months later, received a suspension letter from Registrar of Societies Mukulu Kariuki.
It is important to note that atheism has not been mentioned directly in the constitution; hence, atheists are convicted under the blasphemy law.
His children, Sophie, 9, and Dylan, 6, go to a private Catholic school, and he has no plans to raise them to become atheists.
That is what we atheists feel like when some Christians say that we KNOW their God exists but pretend to not believe.
But too many young atheists have not had that chance," Mehta writes in The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
However, tweets by atheists mocking the hashtag soon replaced those calling for death to atheists, and all hell broke loose.
Like every person on this planet, we are born into the religion of our families; some atheists are born into families that lack belief.