You rarely find Black people, mostly older ones, conversating for more than a few minutes without the subject of church or "how good God is" randomly being brought up. Me having yet to confess my Atheism to my family (only because I'm still somewhat dependent on them), I constantly have to endure my extremely religious grandmother giving me a two-hour lecture about the grace of God and how getting on my knees and begging for help will fix my life. Possibly even worse is my father telling me I should attend church more often to get more blessings and to sleep with a Bible under my pillow to combat frightening dreams brought about by a mental illness I have (dreams of the Hebrews slaughtering the Caananites at Jericho is hardly a desirable substitute). Needless to say it doesn't work at all. I've even had serious thoughts of deleting my Facebook account just because I'm so effing tired of seeing "God is so good","I'll let the Lord handle this", etc. You'd think young adults would be more proud of their own accomplishments and more willing to fight their own battles, but logic can't be applied to some situations.
Any person following any religion is illogical to me, but it upsets me to see even the most intelligent of my people following Christianity; a religion that was imposed upon us by slaveholders that kidnapped, abused, and sold us like loaves of bread, denies scientific facts and discoveries that have been proven a billion ways, condones slavery, and is based around a book that has so many opposing views and contradictions (if you can even find a copy that isn't over-translated.... good luck with that) that you would think the co-authors are Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly. Just think about it, this God placed you on Earth without your consent and expects you to praise him incessantly for it, makes you follow his guidelines to a tee in exchange for a somewhat decent life at most, and punishes you cruelly for even the slightest infraction of the rules he has imposed on you. It's damn near a dictionary description of slavery! So for the people reading this (thanks, by the way), I would like your opinion.
Why are Black people so overwhelmingly Christian?
Why are Black still openly participating in slavery?
And I love how people claim to be blessed and highly favored, and then when something bad happens "it was God's will." If you were so blessed and highly favored then why is God putting you through these trials to test your faith? Nothing about any of it makes sense, but people are too hypnotized to realize it, it's really frustrating?
Also, are you openly Atheist? If so do people bug the shit out of you about it?
I haven't set foot in a church in 13 years but I just realized I was atheist last year. lol. I usually say that I'm a free-thinker. I considered witchcraft but again, too much praying to something thats not there. I don't think my mom could handle it if I said atheist. She believes in god but she was never a fanatic with it. She's afraid to say that there is no god. However, she doesn't like whats going on in the church. I was never comfortable at church. Even as a child I found the whole vibe to be strange and scary. People would be crying and passing out. I was terrified.
Ikr people just get crazy with very little provocation.
Pastor: "How my brothers and sisters doing this morning?"
Lady wearing large hat/ex-drug addict/mother of a prisoner: "Ooh Lawd, thank ya Jesus!!! THANK YA!! THANK YA!! (runs down the aisles doing cartwheels and handsprings, then sits down calmly)
That evil looking deacon: (piercing glare)
Pastor: "Umm, let the church say amen."
Same lady: "Amen!! Thank ya!! (restarts routine)"
Every week, never fails.
a ha ha! We had a mother who would run every Sunday service right around 12:20
Yes, we as black people are highly favored to keep on kissing slave Massa's ugly behind forever in heaven. I tell you now, us black folk are a total mess. I hope that we wake up and see the "light" before it totally leaves us in the dust of oblivion. The bible is the black man's blue print towards self-destruction and degradation.
Haha I'm the same way. The Devil has certainly had some fun with me.
It's a self-depreciating system to say the least. People work hard and succeed only to credit some God, and when they fail they blame themselves for not praying enough or letting the Devil deter them. That's definitely not good for the mind.
I too get depressed when I think about the condition of blacks in America; even now in 2011. We suffered at the end of the slave master's whip for 2 centuries, but now we suffer at our own hand. After much consideration, I've identified our #1 problem. Wait for it... IT'S FEAR! It is not by any means our only problem, but it is the biggest. Fear is the single most powerful tool in the arsenal of those who would aspire to rule over others. What makes it so powerful is that it only need be firmly established in the mind of the subjugated, after which it becomes a self-sustaining control mechanism. Whether you are a slave master, a fascist dictator, a gang leader, an abusive spouse or a schoolyard bully, fear is your weapon of choice. So don't think for a moment that religion hasn't leveraged this most powerful tool to further its own ends.
The genius of religion is that it doles out the fear with equal portions of divine love and hope for a post-mortem celestial reward. The fear of hell or other punishment keeps parishioners in line, while the love and rewards only serve to validate ones belief in a particular dogma. Without the fear, the whole system collapses under the weight of the BS that is religious philosophy. Could you imagine Christianity without the concept of hell? How powerful would it be then? If you answered not at all, you're right! In his 1971 hit song Imagine, John Lennon taught us to imagine exactly that; a world without the concept of hell. "It's easy if you try". Wow, this simple little song has done more to break up the powerful effects of fear than volumes of written material and decades of speeches.
If you were born in Saudi Arabia, chances are, at some point, you prayed 5 times a day? If you are a black man born in 1950s Mississippi, chances are you didn't take a white girl to prom. My point is that the experiences that have defined our lives, can and often do, subconsciously inform our thoughts and behaviors because fear has been so deeply ingrained in us. This is why I think that people who had previously been believers and are now atheists are extremely courageous. Apostasy carries with it some major emotional and psychological consequences. To liberate ones self from mysticism in spite of all of the implications takes tremendous courage.
Slavery and religion are indeed built on the same foundation of fear. The Inquisition was the same sort of mischief as Willie Lynch's guide to making a slave. It was the establishment of fear into the minds of the subjugated. Today’s manifestation is Taliban-style religious rule. Without the fear, all these institutions would be relegated to the scrapheap of history. In my humble opinion, we (African Americans) need to overcome the fears that keep us trapped and suffering on the fringes of society. Once we conquer our fears, then we can courageously address the other problems that hold us back. So let's all sack up and grow a pair for the cause.. Ya dig! Liberate yourself!