Rumor has it that Daniel Radcliffe is an atheist. And not just any old garden variety atheist. The Harry Potter star is a militant atheist, and it's not the rumor mill that spilled the beans about his religious or rather anti-religious attitudes. Radcliffe described himself as a "militant atheist" in a recent interview.
Twenty-two year-old old Daniel Radcliffe was raised in a Christian/Jewish household, but he believes the separation of religion and education is an absolute necessity because sex education is so important.
"I'm not religious," Radcliffe revealed in a recent interview with Attitude Magazine. "I'm an atheist, and a militant atheist when religion starts impacting on legislation. We need sex education in schools. Schools have to talk to kids from a young age about relationships, gay and straight. In Britain it's better - more of a conversation is being had."
Daniel Radcliffe is absolutely correct about that. Religion should not impact the governing of nations or intrude unwanted into the daily lives of citizens. As for sex education, he's right about that as well. It is certainly in pitiful shape in the US. In fact, original sex positive feminist Susie Bright once despaired that America is a nation of sexual illiterates. And sadly, she was, and still is, correct.
It is interesting that Daniel Radcliffe would suddenly "come out" and announce his atheism to the world. Is he simply once again sharing or over sharing with the media? He's certainly done that before. Or is he laying the ground work for a future post-acting career in English politics? Radcliffe considers himself a true political animal with decidedly left-wing leanings. Only time will tell.
The question that may come to mind is: Isn't DR afraid his admission of atheism might alienate his fans? Apparently not. And what if he does lose a few or a few million? The guy's got a long way to go before he has to worry about being "on the dole" as they say in the UK. The Harry Potter franchise took care of that.
Â© Hope Carson 2012
Hope Carson is the author of 2 books: A Roaring Girl: An Interview with the Thinking Man's Hooker and A Thousand and One Night Stands: The Life of Jon Vincent. You can follow her on Twitter.