Black Freethought

This is a group for ALL interested in the subject of black atheism, freethought, & humanism. "Black" pertains to all people of African descent.

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The photo displayed is of Harlem soapbox orator, agitator, popular educator, & atheist Hubert Henry Harrison.

Documentation of black atheism, freethought, & humanism on the web can be found in my atheist web guide.

See also my working bibliography.

I also have a general interest blog, Reason & Society.

Some of you may also be interested in some of my other projects, e.g. The Autodidact Project, my Studies in a Dying Culture (blog), and my Emergence blog. You can also listen to my podcasts: my Internet radio show is called "Studies in a Dying Culture," hosted by Think Twice Radio.

Discussion Forum

God Doesn't Make Mistakes (WARNING: Contains horrific photo)

Started by Donald R Barbera. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Oct 18, 2015. 10 Replies

William R. Jones, Jr., author of 'Is God a White Racist?', dies

Started by Ralph Dumain. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Mar 30, 2015. 1 Reply

Slave Sermons

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Day of Solidarity for Black Non Believers

Started by Regina Goodwin Feb 16, 2015. 0 Replies

New book about prominent black intellectuals

Started by Michael Lackey. Last reply by Michael Lackey Dec 27, 2014. 7 Replies

Economics 101 for Slaves...

Started by Christina Marlowe. Last reply by Clarence Dember Nov 26, 2014. 5 Replies


Started by Joel. Last reply by Deconverted Afro-Queen Nov 21, 2014. 12 Replies

Prayer? Prayers do not come true!!

Started by Navitta Nelson. Last reply by Deconverted Afro-Queen Nov 21, 2014. 13 Replies

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Comment by BCarries17 on April 11, 2009 at 11:19pm
In the area referred to as Acadiana, Catholicism may account for 30 to 70% of the population as a whole...even in the Black community. The parish that I live in now, Lafayette, probably has the most black Catholics per ca pita in Louisiana. In the town where I was raised my immediate family was one of only a handful that went to Catholic churches but here it's 50/50 Catholic/Baptist. It doesn't matter though for the most part; both practice the same intolerance towards non-theists and other minority cultures.
The past few weeks since Mardi Gras (Lent) is the hardest time to be in this area if you are a closet Atheist. I'm not much of a seafood person which in of itself, is a crime in this area, but when I go out to eat on Fridays during lent and order a huge steak or burger I get the nastiest looks. Every once and a while someone will question my choice: "you didn't see the shrimp po'boy on the menu?", "are you allergic to seafood?", "you do know that it's Friday, right?".

Usually I just give a shoulder shrug and continue eating without explaining my atheism/ christian-free lifestyle. Sometimes its because I'm not in the mood to let my food get cold to make a point and sometimes its because of the company.

Right now my wife (a deacon's daughter) is crossing all fingers hoping I will go to an Easter church service with her, the family and her parents. I've gone with her 2 or 3 times since coming out to her but I explained to her recently how much it infuriates me. The last visit the preacher criticized Obama saying that the nation was made of non-believers. He said that America has no place for "those people". That to me (a disabled vet, son of a disabled vet) was a slap to the face. ....look at me...I'm running this even the place for these long posts? (newbie)
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 10, 2009 at 3:01am
Welcome, and feel free to bad-mouth the South to your heart's content. On another forum you mention the prevalence of Catholicism in the South. Could this be so, any place other than Louisiana? I know a black Catholic from down yonder who detests Black baptists, mostly because they made her life miserable harassing her and attempting to coerce her into getting baptized as a "real" Christian. But I confess my lack of knowledge in these matters due to my good fortune in never having set foot in most of the Southern states.
Comment by BCarries17 on April 10, 2009 at 1:28am
What's good, ya'll? Hailin from the filthy, dirty south.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 8, 2009 at 10:19pm
Greetings. Tell us more about your perspective as a Brazilian. Perhaps you would like to start a discussion in the discussion section.
Comment by walington junior on April 8, 2009 at 9:40am
Hi guys! Hello from Brazil!
Comment by Philip Copeman on April 6, 2009 at 10:02am
I like free blogging - it is fun, but that is all it is - fun.

Don't get me wrong I appreciate your company - Ralph in particular I like your posts. That said, without logistics ideas go nowhere.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 6, 2009 at 9:46am
I'm not going to establish any organization or collect any dues. Since you are all collected here for the purposes of communication, any one of you is free to organize whatever you wish, without any official mandate or status with respect to this discussion group. I took the very simple step of establishing this group because I saw it was time and nobody else bothered to take this obvious step. Various bloggers have emerged from social isolation not knowing of others like them on the net. Tiny discussion groups have sprung up on Facebook, but haven't reached a critical mass. Even, pathetic as it is, has one serious (and another crackpot) atheist group, though not so well-developed. (I never would have even visited that site had I not discovered that Prof. Eddie Glaude Jr. re-posted a blog entry of mine that lambasted him.) And it seems to me that Atheist Nexus is the most dynamic networking site of its kind on the web. So I figured, if no one else is going to do it, I will take the next logical step and start a group, and here we are.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 6, 2009 at 9:39am
Again, this should be continued in a discussion forum, rather than here on the comment wall. But I will say that you are only half right. Pheremones do not trump all, though they play a major role. Treating women right, however, is a factor that can indeed outweigh other issues, which means that sometimes a black American woman will put her religious preferences aside for a man who treats her well, especially given the perceived or real shortage of suitable companions. Then there needs to be a modus vivendi and a comfort level between believer and non-believer. This indeed does happen in several cases, and it is a two way street, since more often than not atheist men have to compromise not being able to find a like-minded atheist woman. I should also add that irreligious, unchurched or apathetic women are easier to find than actual atheists, and that's plenty good enough. Finally, technological advance and generational change could change all this. So let's move mating issues to the discussion format for any further deliberation.
Comment by Philip Copeman on April 6, 2009 at 4:54am
I am conversant with American relgious predjudice. However I don't think it is anymore so on a man to woman basis. This is a collorery not a principle.

This is not a dating site, and I am not the one to be giving advice to young stallions, but Amercian women are some of the most attractive Women on the planet. Treat them as such and the rest should be easy. They Abramists certainly don't respect women, it shodu be easy pickings. Black women in poarticuaklr get short shifted in their regime. There is simply no way that philosophy can be more poerful than feronomes!
Comment by Philip Copeman on April 6, 2009 at 4:39am
Brother Richard

Thanks for efforts in putting together this web site - I am sure that this selfless action will be well rewarded in the afterlife, and hopefully before that. I have been looking for some time for an atheist organisation that will organise, this looks like a good one.

I am still new here, so I understand that I still need to earn my stripes, but at the risk of impertinence, can I make these suggestions:

1) Collapse your personal blog into the main editorial leaders for Atheist Nexus. You are entitled to your own opinion and it is a simple fact of organisational life - an organisation takes on the character of its CEO. (Harvard MBA, Business Policy 101). Rank and file memebers of organisations, generally to do not have well formed opinions. Even for atheists, you have to create it for them!

2) Let us introduce a non refundable annual memebership fee. No matter how small it is the oil that frees any organisation to move.You only know if a person is truly a member if they "put cash into the collection box"

3) Draw up a simple constitution. No need for elective structures. Appoint yourself as life president (A very African move). Organising atheists is "like hearding cats." My experience with organisations is that too much worry about control takes away from the business at hand. A simple structure with guaranteed tenure for the leaders, who are subject to a well defined constituional mandate, is sufficient to generate support.

I will post this to the sub group "Black Free Thought"

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