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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: Mar 6


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

Slave Sermons

Started by Anubis Feb 24. 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

Black History Month: The Lesson We have Missed

Started by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER. Last reply by Sabrinabee Mar 7, 2013. 1 Reply

The Buddha was Black (and Bald)

Started by Eisel Mazard. Last reply by Donald T Sep 27, 2012. 1 Reply

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

Started by Ralph Dumain. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Aug 6, 2012. 1 Reply

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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....

Comment by Eddie E. Hicks Sr. on August 23, 2014 at 6:20pm

Check out this article. What really disturbed me was the comments to the article. I think it is a theist website but the article I assume was directed to non-belivers.

Comment by Gean Taylor on February 15, 2014 at 6:23pm

I had an interesting experience a month or two ago.  Coming from Daytona on my motorcycle, I decided to stop and get gas in Macon and noticed a Sam's Club off the exit.  I thought it best to go in a pay my on my Discover card and walked up and told the sister that I was there to pay my dues.  She looked and me and said, "Have you paid your tithes yet?"  That's what it's like living in the Bible Belt.  I pulled her over to the side and whispered a few words of wisdom in her ear.  I told her that I was an Atheist and it might not be a good idea for her to ask people that at her job especially if she doesn't know them.

Comment by Eddie E. Hicks Sr. on February 14, 2014 at 8:57pm

Back in December I went to the funeral of a friend's 16 year old daughter. There was a very large attendance including many high school kids that were given the day off to attend. There were at least 4 preachers who gave sermons. The funeral was 3 hours of proselytizing. At one point a preacher had everyone stand up, raise their right hand, repeat this long sinners prayer and vowed to accept Jesus as their savior. Of course I refused to stand along with just a handful of others. They all kept saying how great the girl was and how great God and Jesus is but all I could think the whole time is why they praise a God that would let a great young girl suffer so long with cancer? Why did she have to have a leg amputated and live with so much pain? They kept saying God only gives suffering to the strongest. Really? A 16 year old girl is the strongest? They kept referring to her as the Princess Warrior. They even had a huge blanket with her picture that said Princess Warrior. Several times I wanted to run out of there but I kept reminding myself that I was there to support my old friend. I hate it when they turn a funeral into a way too long church service.


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