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: 507
Latest Activity: Aug 23


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

Prayer? Prayers do not come true!!

Started by Navitta Nelson. Last reply by Michael Penn Jul 4. 12 Replies

New book about prominent black intellectuals

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Started by Joel. Last reply by Debra Stevenson Apr 14, 2013. 10 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 Gwen on April 18, 2009 at 9:47pm
I live in the 'liberal' bay area of California, and one would think I would be able to find a few AAAtheists here, luck...the closest I could find was a 'deist', but at least he didn't run away screaming when I told him I was a-theist!
Comment by RealType on April 18, 2009 at 9:30pm
our group is growing and i try to spread the word, i hope that one day we will reach a thousand and beyond
Comment by Dre Smith on April 16, 2009 at 12:25pm
Scattered few we seem to be across these United States. The term "outcast" seems to not be too much of a stretch at all to use the days when in reference to black atheist. It's nice to know your not the only black who feels this way, but I know least I sense rather in the black community things not too far behind that we are only the ones willing to acknowledge our many I feel go through the motions of their faith whilst at the same time not really believing in the first place or just do so out of some false sense of familial honor.
Comment by YellowSun1111 on April 16, 2009 at 12:20pm
Hi All, I'am deep in the hood. Trying to find like-minded individuals here is damn near impossible. I feel a sense of relief here and I look forward to exchanging. Thank you all for being.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 12, 2009 at 12:02am
Feel free to continue. Perhaps if you want to go on at length you could use the discussion forum. Good luck with Easter. Luckily I don't have to contend with such nonsense.
Comment by BCarries17 on April 11, 2009 at 11:19pm
In the area referred to as Acadiana, Catholicism may account for 30 to 70% of the population as a whole...even in the Black community. The parish that I live in now, Lafayette, probably has the most black Catholics per ca pita in Louisiana. In the town where I was raised my immediate family was one of only a handful that went to Catholic churches but here it's 50/50 Catholic/Baptist. It doesn't matter though for the most part; both practice the same intolerance towards non-theists and other minority cultures.
The past few weeks since Mardi Gras (Lent) is the hardest time to be in this area if you are a closet Atheist. I'm not much of a seafood person which in of itself, is a crime in this area, but when I go out to eat on Fridays during lent and order a huge steak or burger I get the nastiest looks. Every once and a while someone will question my choice: "you didn't see the shrimp po'boy on the menu?", "are you allergic to seafood?", "you do know that it's Friday, right?".

Usually I just give a shoulder shrug and continue eating without explaining my atheism/ christian-free lifestyle. Sometimes its because I'm not in the mood to let my food get cold to make a point and sometimes its because of the company.

Right now my wife (a deacon's daughter) is crossing all fingers hoping I will go to an Easter church service with her, the family and her parents. I've gone with her 2 or 3 times since coming out to her but I explained to her recently how much it infuriates me. The last visit the preacher criticized Obama saying that the nation was made of non-believers. He said that America has no place for "those people". That to me (a disabled vet, son of a disabled vet) was a slap to the face. ....look at me...I'm running this even the place for these long posts? (newbie)
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 10, 2009 at 3:01am
Welcome, and feel free to bad-mouth the South to your heart's content. On another forum you mention the prevalence of Catholicism in the South. Could this be so, any place other than Louisiana? I know a black Catholic from down yonder who detests Black baptists, mostly because they made her life miserable harassing her and attempting to coerce her into getting baptized as a "real" Christian. But I confess my lack of knowledge in these matters due to my good fortune in never having set foot in most of the Southern states.
Comment by BCarries17 on April 10, 2009 at 1:28am
What's good, ya'll? Hailin from the filthy, dirty south.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 8, 2009 at 10:19pm
Greetings. Tell us more about your perspective as a Brazilian. Perhaps you would like to start a discussion in the discussion section.
Comment by walington junior on April 8, 2009 at 9:40am
Hi guys! Hello from Brazil!

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