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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jane Smith Jan 12, 2012. 25 Replies

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At 7:46am on December 17, 2010, Zebbi said…

Hey Phil!

I've been trying to hook up with an active Atheist group in SA, unfortunately I haven't found any. I'm currently located in JHB were I thought there were a few Atheists groups but had a shock of my life when I met Christian Marxists group at a Communist Convention since I presumed that maybe among the Communists I might encounter people of reason.

As a serious black South African Atheist with reasonable understanding of science and Darwinism in particular. My world outlook is fundamentally based on science and reason. But as you would expect this has by default alienated me from many fellow South Africans-especially my black brothers and sisters. With my limited understanding of evolution I have tried to win over a few of them but have failed dismally and often been labeled the 'Anti-Christ' or 'Satanist'(I also end up being a label of their insecurities and fears).These people have been programmed to respond in a certain fixed way to any idea that my threaten their ludicrous beliefs-mainly by vilifying the opponent.

As a lecturer in one of the private colleges in SA I always use my position to plant the seed of doubt to my students but I always feel like I'm 'sowing the seed of doubt on a solidified gravel plantation', the extent of religious indoctrination in South Africa makes me wanna believe those Skeptics who consider Africa as 'the dark continent' and that it will continue to be a victim of rape and plunder by the Western colonialists and neo-colonialists.

The end of Apartheid was the 'removal of the economic chains from our necks' and 'putting them back on our feet'. No politician has lamented about the other chain,the worse of the chains-the mental chain-religious dogma being the fundamental construct of that chain.

Hope to have more correspondence with you.

Kind regards


(I checked out your site too-I will definitely join, seems like there's interesting stuff there)


At 9:51am on October 21, 2009, siba said…
Yes, so is mbeki apparently.
At 9:01am on March 2, 2009, Loren ɟɟןoʍ said…
Welcome Philip, good that you found us.
At 10:47am on February 25, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Welcome to rational and friendly Atheist Nexus. Join groups and participate as you want.

Terry Meaden ( of the "Origins" group which deals with evolution, biology and other sciences (not forgetting commonsense) in studying the Universe, Earth, Life and religion origins).
At 2:07am on February 25, 2009, Deborah said…
I started a discussion about the recent Pick ' Pay / UCT blasphemy incident in the general discussion forum under the Politics folder.
At 1:51am on February 25, 2009, Deborah said…
Hi. Welcome to AN. We have a small group called African Atheists which presently is populated mostly by South Africans.
At 12:24am on February 25, 2009, Shlarg said…
Welcome to the Nexus !
At 12:23am on February 25, 2009, cj the cynic said…
Welcome to the Nexus!

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