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  1. "I was among friends and family who packed a chapel at Golders Green crematorium on Friday to hear more than two hours of tributes to Larry Adler. In accordance with Larry's wishes - he was an inveterate atheist who refused to recognise the supernatural in any shape or form - there were no religious observances." Richard Ingrams, 'Larry Adler: brilliant musician, formidable campaigner', The Observer, August 12, 2001, Observer News Pages, Pg. 24.
  2. Spirituality, Halo or Hoax -, Spirituality, Halo or Hoax, February 26, 2005. "There are certain things that I would like to make very clear at the very outset. Don’t get carried away by my name – Javed Akhtar. I am not revealing a secret, I am saying something that I have said many times, in writing or on TV, in public…I am an atheist, I have no religious beliefs. And obviously I don’t believe in spirituality of some kind. Some kind."
  3. "Béla Bartók". 2009. 
  4. "I think of myself as a militant atheist and I never knew quite where Tony [Benn] was coming from on the religion side." The Writing on the Wall: An Interview with Roy Bailey (accessed April 14, 2008).
  5. "Berlioz spoke of himself as an atheist" David Cairns, 'Berlioz: Volume Two: Servitude and Greatness, 1832-1869'; pg. 136
  6. "If I get into trouble, there's no God or Allah to sort me out. I have to do it myself." [1]
  7. "A priest showed me around. At the chapel door he asked me if what he had been told was true: that Boulez no longer believed in God. I said it was and he replied, 'Then I won't show you the chapel where he prayed twice a day between the ages of six and sixteen', Joan Peyser, Boulez: Composer, Conductor, Enigma
  8. "[Brahms] was a humanist and an agnostic [...]. Jan Swafford,Johannes Brahms: A Biography, p. 316, Vintage Books, 1999
  9. When asked "Do you still consider yourself an atheist?" Brock replies "Pretty much, but there are things that make me think...I'm 100 percent on the whole Christianity thing being a crock of shit..." [2]
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Atheism in brazilian music". 2002. 
  11. "Geoffrey Burgon [...] has declined a generous Hollywood offer to write the music for award-winning John Carpenter's remake of The Thing, a 1950s horror film. An atheist with a remarkable feel for "church" music, Burgon tells me that time prevents his crossing the Atlantic; he is busy writing two operas [...]" Peter Watson, 'The Times Diary', The Times, January 12, 1982; pg. 8; Issue 61129; col C.
  12. "At the Warped Tour 06 Fat Mike joined the bible study and clearly stated that he does not believe in a god."
  13. "Burstow was a fascinating man. A shoemaker by trade, he shared the radical and non-conformist attitudes of many who followed the gentle craft. His reading included Darwin and Lyle and he was a convinced atheist, this in spite of the fact that he was a well known church bell-ringer." Vic Gammon, Chairman of the Oral History Society, 'The Grand Conversation: Napoleon and British Popular Balladry', March 26, 1999 (accessed May 2, 2008).
  14. "Aside from his undisputed powers as composer, pianist and man of letters, Busoni was an enterprising (if sometimes erratic) conductor, a passionate bibliophile, a talented draughtsman and a bon vivant. Baptized into the Catholic church, he was at heart an atheist; a lucid commentator on world affairs, he remained politically uncommitted." Beaumont, Anthony: 'Busoni, Ferruccio (Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto)', Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (accessed April 28, 2008), [3].
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  16. "Chesnutt's contrary nature was forged in isolation, in the backwoods of Pine County, Georgia. Though he loved the closeness of nature, and was loved by friends and parents, he found himself "at odds with the Protestant power structure". "I had a revelation that I was an atheist at a very early age," he remembers, "and I bumped up with these fuckers my whole time there. Sometimes it felt great to be at war with them. But I knew I needed to go somewhere else." " Nick Hasted interviewing Chesnutt, 'The Dark side of the Tune', The Independent (London), April 4, 2003, Features, Pg. 21.
  17. "Written, produced and recorded by Greydon Square, The Compton Effect fuses atheism, critical thinking, and rationality with hip hop to spread free-thought and education about the dangers of faith and religion. It's a giant step towards the enlightenment of urban culture's dependency on religious indoctrination. "This is music that transcends genres," says Greydon. "This is bigger than just hip hop, these are cultural issues that need to be addressed before humanity can safely take another evolutionary step. I am the minority of the minority, an African-American atheist, from a community that does not tolerate threats to the status quote unless it's based on religion. This album is the manifestation of the thought, research and education that has been used to free myself from the shackles of religion." " Atheist Rapper - African American Hip-Hop Artist Shatters Stereotype Tackling Age Old Theological Positions in Unique Form of Rap', Greydon Square's website January 25, 2008; reposting an article from June 11, 2007. (Accessed June 23, 2008.)
  18. "Coyne is a comically rationalist atheist ("I wish I did believe in God. It would be a great relief to think, 'God'll take care of it. God'll put gas in the car tomorrow'") who makes music that, for all its quirkiness and frivolity, is in its essence spiritually transcendental. [...] For an atheist, he has a touching faith in the power of song to ease our shared burden. "There's some comfort in saying, I'm joining this long line of humanity," he says. "We're all going to get in line and our parents will die and our friends will die but I'm in the line with you and you're in it with me and, for some reason, if we're in it together, it's better than doing it alone. That's why music is always going to save us." Neil McCormick interviewing Wayne Coyne, Daily Telegraph, March 23, 2006, Features section: Music On Thursday, Pg. 23.
  19. Jonny Craig stated in a video interview quote: "I personally am atheist, but I grew up Christian. If you believe there is a god or are religious, I'm all for it. But if you don't believe in a god, you shouldn't be prosecuted for it, but it also goes both ways." January 29, 2009 (accessed on February 3, 2009).
  20. "Currie isn't praying for salvation, either. Echoing recent bestsellers by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, he finds organized religion "fascinating, intellectually, but completely redundant. So I'm an extreme atheist who also believes in human rights." " Justin Currie on a roll, The Examiner, April 15, 2008 (accessed April 21, 2008).
  21. "In the Mass of Life (1904–05) Delius testified to his atheism. With Cassirer's assistance, he selected the words from Nietzsche's prose-poem Also sprach Zarathustra [...] In music that touches extreme poles of physical energy and rapt contemplation, Delius celebrates the human 'Will' and the 'Individual', and the 'Eternal Recurrence of Nature'." Diana McVeagh, 'Delius, Frederick Theodor Albert (1862–1934)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 (accessed May 2, 2008).
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  23. "I have developed a spirituality which I suppose you could call metaphysics or science of mind - nothing to do with Scientology, I hasten to add. It's something that was developed by a guy called Ernest Holmes, and it's about the law of the universe, the law of attraction. It's all that stuff that's been popular on The Secret but there's far more to it than that. I'm an atheist but I've got a spirituality I can fall back on. I don't like religion because I see it as a bureaucracy of faith and I've never really been big on bureaucracy." Ian Dickson interviewed by Bridget McManus, 'Back to where he once belonged', The Age (Australia), August 2, 2007 (accessed May 22, 2008).
  24. "I'm an atheist, for Chrissake!" "Question: Do DiFranco and Brown have all the answers?". Archived from the original on 2001-08-25. , 2000 interview with DiFranco by Jim Walsh, Pioneer Planet (Archived August 25, 2001)
  25. " "Southern life really was God-fearing. Granny Ditto was a strict Pentecostal, with hair down to her knees. I said in an interview not long ago that I didn't believe in God, and people called my mother saying, 'How do you feel about Beth being an atheist?'" She realised she was gay when she was only five years old. "I loved the sound of women's voices, not those of guys. I would pray because I didn't want to go to hell." She's not joking; her eyes fill with tears. "In my teens, my motor skills quit, I was shaking all the time." Did her pubic hair really turn white? "Yes. In fact, it's still half white!" A revelation about her atheism, at 19, saved Ditto from her fate. "I realised that every 2,000 years, there's a religion that happens to rule, and Christianity is just today's religion," she says." Jane Bussman interviewing Ditto, 'Queen Beth', The Sunday Times (London), February 4, 2007, Features; Style; Pg. 10.
  26. When asked if he was "an atheist" Elfman said, "Absolutely not. I believe in Dog."
  27. "The ecumenical echoes are no accident. Eno describes himself as an "evangelical atheist, and has spoken of his intent to create a space in which one could have "secular spiritual experiences"." James Flint, 'This 'art for airports' is merely screen deep', Daily Telegraph, February 2, 2007, Features: Film on Friday, Pg. 32.
  28. "For meg har aldri opprøret vært greia. Det har heller handlet om en slags ateistisk vind-i-håret-frihet og kritikk av organisert religion."[4] retrieved January 15, 2008
  29. Atheist Musicians F to M
  30. The hard-living Oasis star Noel Gallagher has revealed to the New Musical Express that he has read Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion and loved it "Anything that disproves God, bring it on". [5]
  31. "Mr Geldof said that as an atheist he was not going along with this "if you like fundamental Christian agenda". " [6]
  32. From Newsday, published March 30, 2006: "I'm an atheist, and I don't have any belief in an afterlife..."
  33. "The theme of the new album - those Pink Floyd habits die hard - is mortality. One song, 'This Heaven', reflects Gilmour's atheism. 'There is an element of contended resignation in that song. It extols the virtues of living in the moment and accepting your mortality. Perhaps the closest I will get to immortality will be through Dark Side of the Moon. I think that record will go on being played for a while yet.' " Nigel Farndale interviewing Gilmour, 'Still on the dark side', The Sunday Telegraph (London), May 28, 2006, Section Seven, Pg. 8.
  34. "There was more to Godin than a love of music, however. A militant atheist, a conscientious objector who argued his way out of national service, a vegetarian from the age of 14, a campaigner against cruelty to animals and cinema censorship, he abhorred violence and believed in fairness in all areas of human conduct." Richard Williams, 'Obituary: Dave Godin', The Guardian, October 20, 2004, Pg. 27.
  35. 'Graffin is a smart, proud atheist...'—Kinsella, Warren (January 2007), The punk and the professor and what they say about God, Anglican Journal. Retrieved August 9, 2007.
  36. '[Graffin] describes himself as a naturalist, which to him means someone who holds that the natural world is all there is. "If you can believe in God, then you can believe in anything," he says. "It's a gang mentality."'—Olson, Steve (November 2006), Faces of the New Atheism: The Punk Rocker, Wired News, Condé Nast Publishing. Retrieved November 15, 2007.
  37. Robert Simon, Percy Grainger: The Pictoral Biography, p. 122
  38. "The first single off the album, The One I Love (released as a download this week), is a strange beast, an uplifting anthem about the last thoughts of a dying soldier. "We live imagined lives - it's all in our heads and they can just vanish, they can be changed utterly by something completely beyond our control. Obviously on the field of battle you're far more likely to encounter some shard of metal but even walking down the street it can all come to an abrupt end. "I don't believe in God but ultimately I think death will have no dominion. My dad seemed to play a trick, he didn't want to show us all the emotional pain he was going through, having to let everything go, and he sort of disappeared in a kind of magical way, somehow managing to say how brilliant his life had been even though he knew he was about to lose it. "Obviously not everyone is given that luxury, so I don't want to start painting some sort of crass picture of happy dying people. It can be very hard to find a thread of hope but there is always one there. So I just imagined this person celebrating the fact that they have actually been loved, and it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." " Neil McCormick interviewing Gray, 'A new shade of Gray', The Daily Telegraph, 6 August 2005, Art, Pg. 4.
  39. "I don't believe in God, but I believe God invented four-tracks". Kathleen Hanna, interviewed at "SFBG Arts and Entertainment: September 9, 1998: Woman vs. rock". Archived from the original on 1999-04-29. 
  40. 40.0 40.1 "But, as Araya said, Slayer has always been plagued with controversy. Band members have been accused of satanism, racism and enticing fans to violence and suicide. But they've said they are not satanists, racist or riot-mongers, although the lyrics to some of their songs do explicitly depict war, terrorism and serial killings. For the record, King, Hanneman and Lombardo are atheists and Araya was raised Catholic. And both Araya and Lombardo are of Hispanic descent." Scott Iwasaki, 'Grammy nominee Slayer will bring thrash-metal sound to Saltair', Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City), 26 January 2007.
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  42. "The House of God never had much appeal for me. Anyhow, I found a substitute temple--the theater."[8]
  43. "Standouts in the first half included "Frozen Moment" and a recent, vehemently anti-war and anti-religion, epic, "The Death of God". This he prefaced with an atheist polemic that drew cheers from some but resolute silence from others. He also did the notorious ditty "Watford Gap", a much more focused attack, this time on 1970s motorway food." Simon Hardeman reviewing a Harper performance at London's 100 Club, The Independent (London), January 24, 2006, Features, Pg. 43.
  44. "Paul Heaton, frontman of the hugely successful Beautiful South and founder member of the iconic 80s band the Housemartins, discusses the inspiration behind his lyrics, speaks candidly about his atheist views and reviews a TV exclusive demo from his first ever band Tools Down." TRILT: 'Faith and Music, ITV1 (various regions), Monday 30 Oct 06, 00:15 (50 mins)' (accessed May 22, 2008).
  45. "People are amazed that a German Jewish atheist would be supposedly the world's expert on gospel music." Anthony Heilbut interviewed by Barney Hoskyns, 'The gospel according to Anthony', The Independent (London), June 24, 1996, Arts; Pg. 26.
  46. Reviewing a recording of the Glagolitic Mass, John Allison wrote: "Sacred music may have lost some of its importance over the last century or so, but more cynical times have not discouraged composers completely. Even atheist composers, among whom Janácek is a good example, have taken to the genre, though his celebrated Glagolitic Mass is more of a national than religious statement." Sunday Telegraph, April 2, 2006, Section 7, Classical, Pg. 29.
  47. Jenkins has expressed that he does not believe in God and that he thinks "religion is a bunch of hooey." December 16, 2000 AP report on the 'Jingle Ball' at New York City's Madison Square Garden by Jennifer Vineyard, as cited by
  48. "'Atheist or believer?' 'Atheist.'" [9], The Mind's Construction Quarterly, (accessed May 4, 2008)
  49. " For someone who doesn't believe in God, Paul Kelly spends a lot of time thinking about Him. Religion runs like a river through the 53-year-old singer-songwriter's enormous body of work. "I'm probably as puzzled by it as the people who ask [me about it]," he says, acknowledging that his Catholic upbringing provided him with "some familiarity with the Bible". " Lisa Dabscheck interviewing Kelly, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), 25 September 2008, The Sydney Magazine, Pg. 124.
  50. "You've never shied away from attacking organized religion in your songs—directly and unapologetically—and Christ Illusion cranks up the heat. But then we often arrive at a "Hail Satan" conclusion, which seems a little strange. Are you talking about the Christian devil?" "Actually on "Cult" ["Beware the cult of purity / Infectious imbecility / I've made my choice / 666"] the line "666" was going to be "Atheist," to get that point across about how I really feel. But it doesn't make for a good song. Kids love screaming "666." [laughs]" Interview: Kerry King of Slayer,, 7 August 2007 (accessed 27 February 2009).
  51. " And in the end, there is no Old School vs. New School. There is just an alliance forged in steel, in blood, in fully tattooed leather-clad splendour, waiting to disrupt the staid confines of middle North America. "I'm not religious," explains King. "I'm an atheist. It's cool to be into God, that's America's nature, but they aren't happy until you convert. You agree with me or you don't." " Shawn Jam Hill interviewing King, 'Pumped for a great night of thrashing', Ottawa Citizen, 8 February 2007, Section: Arts, The Metalhead; Pg. E1.
  52. " Slayer makes Marilyn Manson look like Mickey Mouse. Just look at Slayer's Grammy-winning album "Christ Illusion," the sixth track of which is listed as 666. But that does not mean Slayer worships Satan. "I'm not a religious person. I think religion is the silliest thing on the planet," King said. "I'm an atheist, but atheism doesn't sell." " Tom Netherland, 'Thrashing into town', Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia), 15 February 2007, Section: Weekend, Pg. F-13.
  53. "as an atheist, 'I [Johnson] couldn't reconcile myself to the idea that Haile Selassie was God.'" 'I did my own thing', Guardian Books, March 8, 2008 (accessed March 31, 2008)
  54. "Losing my faith was very gradual. [...] And then I started thinking, 'Well, what if it's just people trying to personify life? To personify the fact that there is matter, and that there is a universe? If there is a God, that's it. God doesn't have a brain, God doesn't think, God is just existence.' And when you get to that point, you realise, if that's what God is, then there's no such thing. [...] I didn't like it [the Atheist Bus Campaign's slogan] at first -- I thought it was too nice. I wanted to say, 'There's no God, so forget it! You're living in a dream world!' But then it made sense to me, because probability is one of the things I really believe in, in a scientific sense. It's quite healthy to have an open mind." Simon Le Bon, 'Losing My Faith', in Ariane Sherine (ed.), The Atheist's Guide to Christmas, Harper Collins 2009, ISBN 9780007322619.
  55. "I'm an atheist and an anarchist"—Eddy, Chuck (1997). "Damage Case: Lemmy and Motörhead". Motörhead Forever. 
  56. Stated that he is an Atheist
  57. "The closest word I’ve found to describe [my] belief system is Pantheism, but I could also call myself an agnostic (because I don’t claim to know if my own conception of divinity is ultimately true) or an atheist (because I believe that religions based around personified deities are definitely not true)."—The Universe According to Lynx (June 30, 2007), Soundtrack for Insurrection, Retrieved October 21, 2007.
  58. At age 12 she announced her atheism at the dinner table, calling religion "bullshit." This view she continues to maintain, though more tactfully. [10]
  59. "I was the only one at that school who was certain that gay people are equal. It was a really Christian school, almost like a sect. It just provoked me and made me more secure in myself because I could see it was crazy. That's why I write so much about God. I never believed in God. I just love the philosophy." Ida Maria interviewed by Jacqui Swift, The Sun (England), 18 July 2008.
  60. "Opposed to pedantry, he spoke extravagantly of the power of emotive discipline—not a popular cause among strait-laced Melburnians; he expounded his socialist theories and declared his atheism." Maureen Thérèse Radic: 'Marshall-Hall, George William Louis (1862 - 1915)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition (accessed July 16, 2008).
  61. Interviewing Maxwell Davies, Ivan Hewett wrote: "An avant-gardist who uses ancient Christian chants, an atheist who's written pieces entitled Antichrist and Revelation and Fall - clearly there are tensions beneath that carefully controlled surface." 'A Life on the Edge', Daily Telegraph, April 7, 2005, Features Pg. 015.
  62. "she gave me a kiss every time i made her laugh and she hugged me extra tight when i said i was an atheist", MySpace Blog, July 29, 2008
  63. On his website's FAQ section Andy said: "I guess because of my look in the November 2006 Youtube videos, many people came to assume that I am Muslim. Well, I am not Muslim. I am actually an atheist. As a side note, I believe in anyone's right to believe in what they want and kindly ask the same. So please don't message me trying to convert me to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or anything else"
  64. Interviewed by Nigel Farndale, Melly said: "I don't understand people panicking about death. It's inevitable. I'm an atheist; you'd think it would make it worse, but it doesn't. I've done quite a lot in the world, not necessarily of great significance, but I have done it." Daily Telegraph, October 24, 2005, Features section, Pg. 023.
  65. Mark "Barney" Greenway writes regarding the album Smear Campaign: "People are also very supportive about the new album theme of atheism/free thought in a world being driven by aggressive religious mythology." [11] [12]
  66. "Bob was arguing the point but Dick was having none of it. 'Look, I'm telling you. There'll be no fucking religion - not Christian, not Jewish, not Muslim. Nothing. For God's sake, man - you were born Jewish, which makes your religion money, doesn't it? So stick with it, for Christ's sake. I'm giving you 20 million bucks - it's like baptising you, like sending you to heaven. So what are you fucking moaning about? You want 20 million bucks from us? Well, you gotta do what we tell you. And what we're telling you is... No Torah! No Bible! No Koran! No Jesus! No God! No Allah! No fucking religion. It's going in the contract.' As a devout atheist, I could hardly object, though it seemed tough that a contract should include such specific restrictions." Simon Napier-Bell, 'The life and crimes of the music biz', The Observer (England), January 20, 2008, Observer Music Magazine, Pg. 41.
  67. "After writing "Sacrifice" I received a number of complaints about the religious imagery that I had started to use on that album. Some of the people complaining were so fiercely protective of their faith, that I tried to write material with more of a middle ground religiously speaking. The first song I wrote was about the dangers of blind faith. When I had looked at my own lack of faith, I had come up with the idea that God and the Devil might be the same thing. That being in Heaven or Hell was all a matter of prospective. By the time I got to the third song, it was obvious that the entire album was going to work along this theme. Oddly enough it was all sparked by the religious faithful who had complained to me about "Sacrifice". "Exile" to me is one big horror story. Personally. I don't believe in God at all, but if I'm wrong and there is a God, what kind of god would it be who would give us the world we live in? It certainly cannot be a good deity. At best God would have to be cruel, selfish, and he would have to have a huge ego. "Thou shalt not worship any other gods before me." That is just one huge ego trip." Gary Numan, 'Interview with of Gary Numan', Sonic Boom Magazine, May 16, 1998 (accessed July 30, 2008).
  68. "Singer and atheist Alice Nutter, a Jewish student and an Anglican businessman each join a Muslim family in Bradford to experience Ramadan first hand, and through some hard conversations get a unique view of what it's like to be a Muslim in contemporary Britain." TRILT: 'Fast Friends, BBC1, Sunday 14 Nov 04, 23:45 (35 mins)' (accessed May 22, 2008).
  69. "...I don't believe in God..." From the essay The Ballad of the Pumpkinheads: A Stratosphearic History of the Dukes of Swindon, by Riccardo Bertonce, as reported at (Accessed August 26, 2007)
  70. "Basically I don't believe in God." From an interview with Partridge in The Limelight Annual, 1987, as reported at (Accessed August 26, 2007)
  71. "...There is no God..." amongst many other more humorous anti-religious remarks broadcast on Planet Rock (radio station), July 20, 2008.
  73. "The Bible made me an atheist." Marc Riley in response to the question "A book that changed me...", 'My Secret Life', The Independent (London), May 22, 2004, Features, Pg. 7.
  74. The Guardian describes as "a devout atheist - Stravinsky later described him rather disapprovingly as having a mind 'closed to any religious or metaphysical idea'" [13]
  75. Rodgers' biographer William G Hyland states: "That Richard Rodgers would recall, at the very beginning of his memoirs, his great-grandmother's death and its religious significance for his family suggests his need to justify his own religious alienation. Richard became an atheist, and as a parent he resisted religious instruction for his children. According to his wife, Dorothy, he felt that religion was based on "fear" and contributed to "feelings of guilt." " Richard Rodgers, Yale University Press 1998, ISBN 0300071159. Chapter 1 at New York Times Books (accessed April 30, 2008).
  77. quoted as saying "I'm an atheist" in interview for American Music Box
  78. "To these he brought the disciplines that had stood him in such good stead in music, most particularly the rejection of traditional beliefs unsupported by hard evidence. This also lay behind his own atheism." Andrew Lamb, 'Sams, Eric Sydney Charles (1926–2004)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edition, Oxford University Press, January 2008 (accessed May 6, 2008).
  79. Agressivness is godliness Combativness is holiness Destructiveness is faithfullness Deadlinessis devoutness Praying to a god that they created And know damn well does not exist...We find them on their knees
  80. Laurel Fay, Shostakovich: A Life p. 263
  81. "Smith, lead singer from the band The Cure, stated in a press conference in 1992: "I don't believe in god. I wish I did." A quote from a 1989 issue of The Face magazine [1] that further clarifies Smith's religious position: "....I used to lay myself open to visions of God, but I never had any. I come from a religious family, and there have been moments when I've felt the oneness of things, but they never last, they fade away, leaving me with the belief that it's only fear that drives people to religion. And I don't think I'm ever going to wake up and know that I was wrong."
    In an interview with Ray Cokes, Robert says that if the world were to outlaw religion for a year everyone would be amazed what a happy place it would be and that religion is the worst thing ever invented by mankind.
    As of June 2007, the official Cure homepage also includes a link to
  82. "When I was in junior high, I sang in the school chorus. We had a Christmas concert every year in which we sang Christmas songs, both secular and religious. Being the rebellious atheist I am, I would roll my eyes at the Jesus songs. When we did the song 'Oh Holy Night,' I got all my friends in the choir to sing the words 'shining' and 'pining' in a diving, stretched-out descending note—kind of like a barbershop quartet would—and in the middle bridge, we would fall on our knees during the line 'fall on your knees' and drop out of sight. But when we actually performed the concert, we didn't want to humiliate the music teacher, so we did it the correct way. It reminds me that I've always been an instigator and ringleader. And even though I was the little atheist, I still love that song and the melody." Donita Sparks, 'Joyful Noise', OC Weekly, 24 December 2004. (Print version: Section: Music, Pg. 22; online version accessed 27 February 2009.)
  83. quoted saying that he is an atheist in an interview with[14]
  84. "Both composers celebrate the potential of music to contain the irrational in human experience, although in stance they are antithetical. Strauss, the atheist, examines the vagaries of desire and the human psyche. Mahler, the visionary, goes on a solitary quest to find his God." Tim Ashley, Review: Classical: LPO/Elder: Royal Festival Hall, London 5/5', The Guardian, December 6, 2002, Pg. 22.
  85. "Thomas flatly denies the work is being shocking for its own sake. The gay, atheist fan of Judge Judy and Wife Swap is pleasant, polite and 44 [...]" King of the high sleaze, The Australian, 7 March 2009 (accessed 9 March 2009).
  86. "I've always been an atheist. We grew up in a village and I was like 'I'm not joining the Christian Youth Club'. Believing something that's unprovable is not how my mind works." Tracey Thorn, 'G2: Pieces of me: Tracey Thorn, Singer', The Guardian, July 23, 2007, Features pages, Pg. 14.
  87. "He then went as a boarder to Stamford grammar school, Lincolnshire, where he was much happier, though still a notorious character largely on account of his now fully developed atheism. [...] He was cremated on January 15 at Hanworth crematorium, at an explicitly non-religious service." Geraint Lewis, 'Tippett, Sir Michael Kemp (1905–1998)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 (accessed May 6, 2008).
  88. "I'm an agnostic leaning towards atheism. I don’t I have, and I think I cannot have, a clear view of god's existence. I do not believe in the god that is described in the Middle East religions or in any other religions for that matter. I'm not denying that there is something out there, but I don’t think that we should try to explain and understand what it might be. If atheism means that you're categorically denying God's existence, I wouldn’t go that far. The problem with fundamentalists is that they generally believe that God exists and what his wish is. I would like to say I’m a "free thinker", a better word than both agnostic and atheist. Maybe it should be reintroduced in our modern vocabulary." Interview [15]
  89. See Louise Varèse, 'Varèse: A looking glass diary', passim
  90. "At a July 22, 1998 Pearl Jam concert in Seattle's Memorial Stadium, Vedder said about the unusually beautiful weather, "I would thank God, but I don't believe in it." [16].
  91. "Please, God - I'm an atheist so maybe I shouldn't be asking God - but let Barack Obama finally win the Democratic nomination and elect a person who seems to be not just enormously intelligent but also deeply humane and seems to have an imagination." Roger Waters interviewed by Mark Brown, Rocky Mountain Music, April 25, 2008 (accessed June 10, 2008).
  92. "The music business held a curious appeal to a man who had hitherto dreamed only of becoming the Jewish John O'Hara - and whose fiction had been published in Story magazine. It was dominated by Jews, and therefore exluded from Wasp high culture. "I was determined to use all my wit and courage to confound the Christian tormenters," Wexler says, referring to the "immanent anti-Semitism that existed then and exists now. It's like Dr John says, 'I don't want no one hangin' no jacket on me'." He is, in fact, a confirmed atheist of many years' standing." Barney Hoskyns interviewing Wexler, 'Crossing the divide', The Independent (London), May 30, 1993, Sunday Review Pages, Pg. 10.
  93. "He is against pianists who express concentration by leaning their heads back with their eyes closed: "When you give a recital, God doesn't help you." (Wild claims to be an atheist largely for musical reasons, having at age ten asked his mother how there could be a God when the organist at their local church in Pittsburgh was so lousy.)" Leo Carey interviewing Wild, 'Wilding', The New Yorker, August 11, 2003 (accessed June 10, 2008).

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