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11 Celebs You Didn't Know Were Atheist

Believing in God is a topic typically banned from family reunions and cocktail parties…and for good reason: the subject is as sensitive as politics and ignites emotional fires quicker than you can say, "Amen!"

When it comes to celebrities and stars, outside of one-on-one interviews by prying sorts like Barbara Walters, the only time God normally comes up is when they give the entity credit for winning an award or helping them see the light that…helped them win the award.

Many movie stars identify with atheism but most don't regularly broach the subject. They run the gamut from Shakespearean to dramatic and various types of comedy actors and include all ages and ethnic backgrounds, as well as a myriad of reasons for their viewpoints.

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11 Kevin Bacon

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Ever since his pivotal role in Footloose threw him into the spotlight, Bacon has never failed to please, giving great performances in classics such as A Few Good Men and JFK and most recently starring on the ghoulish TV drama The Following. Married to practicing Jew Kyra Sedgwick for over 25 years, Bacon confirmed he didn't believe in God in a 2005 interview with The Times, adding that he isn't anti-religion but is a strong supporter of the separation of church and state. Thank god.

10 Javier Bardem

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9 Jack Black

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Although Black rarely steps outside his unique talents that elicit belly laughs in films such as Kung Fu Panda and High Fidelity, the actor/musician/voice over artist can wax serious. He was raised in a Jewish household but declared he was atheist early in his film career. However, since he became the father of two boys in 2006 and 2008, he's decided to raise them in the Jewish faith and occasionally attends synagogue with them.

8 Jodie Foster

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Always the charmer, Foster embraced atheism at a young age but never abandoned religious celebrations. She jumps in on any celebration from Christmas to Hanukkah, making her a welcome guest at many family celebrations. At the end of the day, when her kids ask if they are Jewish, Catholic, etc., her stock answer is, "Well, I'm not but you can choose when you’re 18." Wisdom worth contemplation.

7 Morgan Freeman

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6 Ricky Gervais

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5 Kathy Griffin

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Keeping in step with her contentious performance persona, Griffin is a self-described "complete militant atheist." She angered Christians across the board in the speech she gave in acceptance of her 2007 Creative Arts Emmy saying, "A lot of people come up here and they thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn't help me a bit. ... So all I can say is suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now."

4 Keira Knightley

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3 Hugh Laurie

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2 Sir Ian Mckellen

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One of the oldest and gentlest actors, Mckellen has also been an outspoken atheist for decades, blaming religion, including Christianity, for most of the violence in the world, citing religious leaders who promote hatred. As an outspoken homosexual, he also disdains the Bible for condemning men loving men and adds, " The Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying, 'This is fiction.'"

1 Julianne Moore

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With over 77 credits in a career that's included playing characters from crazy to charismatic, Moore has long been one of the most vocal supporters of the progressive movement in Hollywood, an early and strong advocate of marriage equality and an active Planned Parenthood board member. Moore has been equally candid about her atheism. She was once asked what she would say if she met God at Heaven's gates and replied her response would be, "Wow, I was wrong, you really do exist!"

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