thanks Mr.dalandi, i thought i was the only atheist in nigeria. but how do you cope with it? In a place where everybody believes in God, i found it easy to tell people i'm a theist than to tell them i'm atheist
Thanks for the offer to be friends Danaldi. I hope that, together with all of the rest free thinking humans, we will be able to expose and dispose of the religious blood sucking frauds, and help make this world a much better place to live.
Pleased to meet you. Somewhere you mention universal education as a cure to these religious problems we see in the Middle East. I do agree, with a special note. UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO EDUCATION. As happens in North America and Europe, the educated are often the source of many very wrong approaches in Gov and world power structures. These people are able to corrupt entire systems and populations because the 'rest' of the population are not educated enough to follow the stream and content of what is going on in these power structures. I was lucky enough to have temporarily lived in a society which put education and health above ALL other values by UNIVERSALITY THROUGH ZERO COST. Universal Access to Education lasted only 10 years in Quebec, as our idealist government tried to create a Swedish political society here amidst N.America. The dreamers died (Quebec and Sweden) and so the dream died. The other most important issue to a fair society is that corporations may not control government. For this, it must be illegal to buy elections. A country must give itself laws that electoral parties may only use a certain stated amount of contributions, no matter private or public, all monies spent must be accounted for. This is my dream for all countries, Education, Health Care, and fair elections. And you seem to be pushing for this in Nigeria, good for you.
You may be interested in a radio series that was done by CBC a few years ago regarding the effect of biology (microbes) in the context of European imperial colonialism in Africa and South America. A study about how Africa's gene pool is closer to the European gene pool and therefore the microbes brought along with colonialism did not kill off Africans, whereas they did kill off most natives in South America, leaving the power structure in S.America to the Whites, whereas in Africa, the 'visible' power is no longer in the hands of whites (even though the colonialism is ongoing at a hidden political level). Wish you the best
Thanks Dele. I'm very happy to see that a brother African has not converted to the colonization of the human mind and spirit as many other Africans are throwing away the Traditional Knowledge Systems and embracing the poison of religion. Ase, hotep.
Hi Danladi, Sorry I didn't get back to you before. Been meaning to. Things have been busy. I haven't taken note of your details because I find it keeps things simpler if I just correspond via a website like this. But I look forward to more fruitful exchanges with you.
As someone whose skin is brown, and whose parents come from the Caribbean with a similar skin tone I am described and describe myself as 'black'. For me this is a political term which I have in common with others who in the western world (especially Europe and the USA) live in a minority within a predominantly 'white' population.
As a black person I have a communality of experience with others who identify politically as being black to a greater or lesser extent the same way as someone who has experienced the same geography will have some experiences that overlap. Another example of 'commonality of experience' is of friends of a certain age group who experience certain world events and local events at a similar age/stage of their lives.
One of the reasons for a minority group to have its own forum is because on an everyday basis the majority world view is available in many forms and media whereas minority views have to be seeked out.
Religion has (and stil does hold) held a particularly strong influence on the majority of the black community in the UK to one extent or another. On an individual and personal basis there is peer pressure to conform if not to attending church but at least to say you believe in god.
Coming from a similar background and understanding this can give black people a common ground for discussion. I don't believe in 'reverse racism' as a group that is in the minority has no power to exercise over the majority group.
I don't believe the group is separatist. As far as I know the group is open to everyone who is interested in looking at things from a black perspective.
Anyone who has had to endure the ostracism of family and friends; who has been cold-shouldered from groups; who has not been able to feel comfortable because they didn't join in with using references to god in every other sentence, will be able to understand the satisfaction of having the opportunity to have a rational conversation with someone who you identify with.
Ideally for me it would be someone who shared my background even more - ie. someone from the 'black' community who was raised in England, who lived through the 60's as a child in a city.
Of course, I can relate to anyone regardless of their ethnicity (and I do!) but I think we all can identify with relating to someone from 'your neck of the woods'.
What personally concerns me is the effect this loyalty to god has on people I am or have been close to. People who I think dearly of but am not able to really talk to as individuals.
This is just my ramblings! It might be a good idea to start a discussion topic in the group itself to see what others think?
I just read in the AN newsletter about you trying to organize a Darwin 200th anniversary celebration in Nigeria, and would like to help. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send me a list of specifics, an address to send stuff to and I'll do what I can.
Thank you for the friend invite. What Corey said below goes for me as well. Rural Alberta, Canada is not much different than the US south, except with a lot less non European people, less actual violence, much stricter gun laws and dam cool in the winter (it is -22c here as I type this)!
My best wishes to, friend!