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: 505
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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


Started by Joel. Last reply by Deconverted Afro-Queen yesterday. 12 Replies

Prayer? Prayers do not come true!!

Started by Navitta Nelson. Last reply by Deconverted Afro-Queen on Friday. 13 Replies

New book about prominent black intellectuals

Started by Michael Lackey. Last reply by Regina Goodwin Dec 25, 2013. 4 Replies

Economics 101 for Slaves...

Started by Christina Marlowe. Last reply by Christina Marlowe Mar 18, 2013. 3 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

Black Atheists of Atlanta

Started by LarryLager. Last reply by Alexander S. May 28, 2012. 23 Replies

Crystallis: From March Madness to April Anarchy

Started by Evil For All Time Apr 29, 2012. 0 Replies

Anyone go to the Reason Rally

Started by Eddie E. Hicks Sr.. Last reply by Tiffany Apr 5, 2012. 7 Replies

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Comment by Donald R Barbera 8 hours ago

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 yesterday

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.

Comment by thomas smith on February 14, 2014 at 3:11pm

dont feel too irritated, lots of folks dont know any better and have not given it any informed thinking (polite way of saying lots of folks dont know shit, and what they do know is wrong!!!)

Comment by Marie Cobbs on February 14, 2014 at 2:27pm

Over the last two years I have lost a number of close relatives but it is hard for me to deal with theists telling me that they are in a better place when I am at the funeral or memorial. 

Comment by Regina Goodwin on December 25, 2013 at 7:40pm

I just came across a book by Kersey Graves titled Biography of Satan. Has anyone read it?


Comment by Luara on August 26, 2013 at 7:31am

We still continue giving credence to the false notion that we are inferior to our white counter paths, because we black people are of the devil's spawn and white people are the chosen children of God.

I've never met anyone who literally stated such a thing.

But if you translate "chosen children of God" into "came out better historically" this would be true in the sense that we tend to look down on the victims and the oppressed.  Morality is aligned with power and money to some extent, and this is probably a basic part of human nature.

Comment by Ralph Dumain on August 25, 2013 at 4:42pm

Greetings. I've been away preoccupied with other things the past couple months. I was at the March yesterday but arrived so late there's nothing I can say about it except that I got to shake hands with Martin Luther King III. Judging by the speakers and organizers, it was too tied to the Democratic Party, in a very different way than the civil rights leaders of 50 years ago  had a movement behind them to force eventually the Democratic Party to do what had to be done,which turned out to be under LBJ rather than JFK. It would be much easier to discuss all the topics introduced here in the Discussion Forum, where each topic introduced gets its own continuous thread.


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