10 Celebs You Didn't Know Were Atheists
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In an interview with the Grio, he explained, “My belief system doesn’t support a creator as such, as we can call God, who created us in his/her/its image,” Freeman said. “Has anybody ever seen hard evidence?”
But there’s a twist. Freeman doesn’t actually define himself as an atheist since he believes God exists -- as a human creations. “We invented God,” Freeman said. Luckily for him, since God seems to be one of Freeman’s best characters.
5. Brad Pitt
A lot of inter-religious couples fight about traditions and how to raise their children. Luckily for Angelina Jolie, her partner Brad Pitt is also something of an atheist. The actor was raised a Southern Baptist, but the religious life didn’t suit the rising star, and he soon converted to a blend of atheism and agnosticism.
“I'm probably 20 percent atheist and 80 percent agnostic. I don't think anyone really knows. You'll either find out or not when you get there, until then there's no point thinking about it,” he said in an interview with the New York Daily News.
6. Hugh Hefner
If anyone ought to thank some type of higher being for the pleasures of life, it should be Hugh Hefner. But the Playboy mogul (and happily married husband of a 26-year-old model) doesn’t believe in any higher power.
“It's perfectly clear to me that religion is a myth. It's something we have invented to explain the inexplicable,” Hefner said in an interview with Playboy magazine.
It’s a surprising stance for a man who appears to live in a fairytale world of patriarchy and male sexual domination.
7. Seth MacFarlane
Most atheist celebrities strike a pretty non-confrontational tone when talking about religion, using the “there’s a God if you want there to be” line likely in efforts not to lose religious fans. But that’s not the approach Seth MacFarlane, the creator of "Family Guy," has adopted.
When asked in an interview with Esquire why he’d grown so vocal about his atheism, he explained, “We have to. Because of all the mysticism and stuff that's gotten so popular.... It's like the civil-rights movement. There have to be people who are vocal about the advancement of knowledge over faith.”
In his television show he’s even more explicit about his lack of faith in a higher being, a stance that inspired the conservative group Parents Television Council to name it the “Worst Show of the Week.”
8. Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley may look heavenly, but she’s explicitly atheist. Her atheism isn’t, however, something that she’s always happy about. Instead, she thinks it limits her fun, and the actress has joked that she’d prefer to be a Catholic.
“If only I wasn't an atheist, I could get away with anything,” she said. “You'd just ask for forgiveness and then you'd be forgiven. It sounds much better than having to live with guilt.”
9. Julianne Moore
Similar to Ani DeFranco, actor Julianne Moore has used her celebrity to support a host of liberal causes. From sitting on the board of Planned Parenthood to vocally supporting marriage equality, Moore has been a leading voice in the progressive movement. She’s also an outspoken atheist. So when Moore was confronted by a reporter wanting to know what she’d say to God at the gates of Heaven, she blurted out, “Wow, I was wrong, you really do exist!"
How’s that for an honest, off-the-cuff answer?
10. Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe isn’t just an atheist. Perhaps realizing it was even harder to defeat wrong-doers in the real world than in his movies, Radcliffe said in an Esquire interview, “[I’m] a militant atheist when religion starts impacting on legislation.”