Irreligion in the Philippines

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Irreligion in the Philippines is relatively uncommon among Filipinos (see religion in the Philippines), with Christianity being the dominant faith.[1] It is difficult to quantify the number of atheists or agnostics in the Philippines as they are not officially counted in the census of the country, however, experts claim that irreligion is a growing movement in the country.[2] There is a stigma attached to being an atheist in the Philippines, and this necessitates many Filipino atheists to communicate with each other via the Internet, for example via the Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society.[3]

According to the 2000 census, the religious distribution of the country's population was as follows:[4]

Religion in the Philippines (Pew Research)[4][5]
Religion percentage
Roman Catholic
  
70.9%
Protestant
  
8%
Islam
  
8%
Evangelicalism
  
2.8%
Iglesia ni Cristo
  
2.3%
Folk
  
2%
Others
  
1.8%
Buddhist
  
0.5%
Hindu
  
0.1%
Jewish
  
0.1%
None
  
0.1%


References[edit]

  1. ^ De Leon, Cate (2012-12-22). "How to be an atheist in the Philippines". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  2. ^ Webadmin (2012-04-24). "Atheists Searching For Their Place in Heavily Catholic Philippines". The Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  3. ^ "Pinoy atheists and agnostics to have 'coming out' event". ABS-CBN News. 2011-03-19. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  4. ^ a b "The World Factbook". Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  5. ^ "Philippines - Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project". Global Religious Futures. Retrieved 2014-02-12.