While the most severe mistreatment of atheists may take place in fundamentalist nations, political discrimination is pervasive across the U. Despite polling that has shown nonbelievers making up an increasingly large part of the country, there isn't a single admitted atheist in Congress right now, and by most counts, there's only one in all of the state legislatures across the nation.
Furthermore, despite constitutional restrictions on "religious tests" for holding public office, six states have laws on the books barring nonbelievers.
For more on the most severe oppression of atheists around the world, read the 2013 edition of the Freedom of Thought report, published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union.
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