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.

Members: 509
Latest Activity: Jun 15


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

Can a man love 2 women at the same time?

Started by Navitta Nelson. Last reply by abdulrahman aliyu May 30. 28 Replies

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

Started by Anubis Feb 24, 2015. 0 Replies

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

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on March 30, 2015 at 9:02pm

Regina--as you indicated it is a difficult situation, especially when it's family dealing with an already sorrowful occasion, otherwise I felt I could tear some new assholes, but it was neither the time or place. Besides, my wife and my children knew where I stood. I kept my mouth shut and almost choked to death. I'm home and it's over and--I didn't die also.

Comment by Regina Goodwin on March 30, 2015 at 7:57pm

@Donald R Barbera

I am sorry that you had to deal with the idiots at the funeral.  I have no gracious response in this situation.  I am about as diplomatic as a bull with a swarm of bees after me in a china shop.

However, I agree with your assessment about the heart attack.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on March 29, 2015 at 3:14pm

First, I somehow lost my connection to this group and finally decided to search for it and get back to the topics I enjoy the most--those that make me go hmmm. My question today has to do with choking back responses in reaction to black religionists reference to the mercy of God. Here's a summation of the situation. I attended a funeral this weekend. While there, a friend had a heart attack. I sat through conversations saying how God was good because the attack occurred near a specialty cardiac hospital. Here's an example of some of the things that were said. "He was in the right place for care because God directed the event." I'll leave it at that because there were many more reference to the goodness of God, totally overlooking that the same God should have known of the event and stopped it before anyone ever knew about it. Anybody, do you know the proper response in such a loaded situation? Mine was to hold my tongue, despite what I thought was plain silly.

Comment by Ralph Dumain on March 6, 2015 at 12:19am

I have been away for many months, otherwise occupied, and when occupied with atheist matters, active elsewhere. Perhaps I will more actively participate here, or at least duplicate material written elsewhere. I have grown tired of the shoddy goods that this movement offers. Perhaps I should have used the word "humanism" in founding this group. Because it's time to declare war on the libertarians, conservatives, nationalists, and other reactionaries. To begin with, that means to quarantine the organization American Atheists and have nothing to do with them, and recognize who is who among the leadership and evaluate them accordingly. I am done with miseducation, misleadership, duplicitous opportunists, and intellectual mediocrities saturating this environment.

Comment by Gerard R.Johnson on November 27, 2014 at 11:12am

Should African Americans celebrate Thanksgiving? I say not the self-styled North America christian nationalist created myth, the actual history here is the beginning of the colonization of native people’s lands and the genocide/ ethnic cleansing/ eradication which followed later.  The beginning of the judeo- christian faith in north America and the capitalist Virginia Company’s colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts in November of 1620, marks the beginning of religious totalitarianism and capitalism on this continent, paving the way for the racial enslavement of African people, land and natural resource theft in the so-called “new world “and doctrines of Anglo- religion superiority the effects of this intentionality are still being manifested moving like a wave from the “big bang” to the present day. Perhaps when we gather today with family and friends one needs to reflect on what we truly are thankful for.  

Comment by Clarence Dember on November 26, 2014 at 1:27am
Atheists represent truth. If the wrest of humanity could relate to eachother BEFORE loved ones end up 6 foot under, what a world it would be!
Comment by Gean Taylor on November 25, 2014 at 7:53pm

Thanksgiving is once again upon us and as usual, the family gathers at our house.  That means my brother in law, the right reverend brother deacon pastor It's Already Prophesized and his wife who has a Ph'D and no common sense will honor us with a visit to our humble abode.  Hopefully they won't walk through the door and want to pray over everybody and spread a blessing over the house.  Hopefully I'll be able to restrain myself and not go off on the both of them.  Wait until they see my Atheist tattoo's.  Yeah!  Phase my ass!

Comment by Eddie E. Hicks Sr. on November 25, 2014 at 11:35am

Welcome to the forum Afro-Queen. It's always nice to see more  Black Freethinkers come out.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on November 23, 2014 at 9:45am

Deconverted Afro-Queen--First, it was a brave thing to do in coming out of the closet. Second, surely your family will continue to accept you. You're still the same person and the person they loved before you came out. Welcome to the ranks and think you find the people here to be understanding and quite versatile in that there are plenty of important things to discuss besides atheism.

Comment by Deconverted Afro-Queen on November 22, 2014 at 12:06am

I recently came out of the closet and disclosed my non-belief to a few of my immediate family members. They are still coming to terms with it. I'm hoping that in due time they will learn to understand my stance and respect it....With that said, I am glad that no disowning or anything of that nature occurred after I told them. That was my biggest fear. I feel like a huge load had been taken off my back....


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