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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.

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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.

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The Buddha was Black (and Bald)

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Black Atheists of Atlanta

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Comment by Philip Copeman on April 6, 2009 at 10:02am
I like free blogging - it is fun, but that is all it is - fun.

Don't get me wrong I appreciate your company - Ralph in particular I like your posts. That said, without logistics ideas go nowhere.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 6, 2009 at 9:46am
I'm not going to establish any organization or collect any dues. Since you are all collected here for the purposes of communication, any one of you is free to organize whatever you wish, without any official mandate or status with respect to this discussion group. I took the very simple step of establishing this group because I saw it was time and nobody else bothered to take this obvious step. Various bloggers have emerged from social isolation not knowing of others like them on the net. Tiny discussion groups have sprung up on Facebook, but haven't reached a critical mass. Even BlackPlanet.com, pathetic as it is, has one serious (and another crackpot) atheist group, though not so well-developed. (I never would have even visited that site had I not discovered that Prof. Eddie Glaude Jr. re-posted a blog entry of mine that lambasted him.) And it seems to me that Atheist Nexus is the most dynamic networking site of its kind on the web. So I figured, if no one else is going to do it, I will take the next logical step and start a group, and here we are.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 6, 2009 at 9:39am
Again, this should be continued in a discussion forum, rather than here on the comment wall. But I will say that you are only half right. Pheremones do not trump all, though they play a major role. Treating women right, however, is a factor that can indeed outweigh other issues, which means that sometimes a black American woman will put her religious preferences aside for a man who treats her well, especially given the perceived or real shortage of suitable companions. Then there needs to be a modus vivendi and a comfort level between believer and non-believer. This indeed does happen in several cases, and it is a two way street, since more often than not atheist men have to compromise not being able to find a like-minded atheist woman. I should also add that irreligious, unchurched or apathetic women are easier to find than actual atheists, and that's plenty good enough. Finally, technological advance and generational change could change all this. So let's move mating issues to the discussion format for any further deliberation.
Comment by Philip Copeman on April 6, 2009 at 4:54am
I am conversant with American relgious predjudice. However I don't think it is anymore so on a man to woman basis. This is a collorery not a principle.

This is not a dating site, and I am not the one to be giving advice to young stallions, but Amercian women are some of the most attractive Women on the planet. Treat them as such and the rest should be easy. They Abramists certainly don't respect women, it shodu be easy pickings. Black women in poarticuaklr get short shifted in their regime. There is simply no way that philosophy can be more poerful than feronomes!
Comment by Philip Copeman on April 6, 2009 at 4:39am
Brother Richard

Thanks for efforts in putting together this web site - I am sure that this selfless action will be well rewarded in the afterlife, and hopefully before that. I have been looking for some time for an atheist organisation that will organise, this looks like a good one.

I am still new here, so I understand that I still need to earn my stripes, but at the risk of impertinence, can I make these suggestions:


1) Collapse your personal blog into the main editorial leaders for Atheist Nexus. You are entitled to your own opinion and it is a simple fact of organisational life - an organisation takes on the character of its CEO. (Harvard MBA, Business Policy 101). Rank and file memebers of organisations, generally to do not have well formed opinions. Even for atheists, you have to create it for them!

2) Let us introduce a non refundable annual memebership fee. No matter how small it is the oil that frees any organisation to move.You only know if a person is truly a member if they "put cash into the collection box"

3) Draw up a simple constitution. No need for elective structures. Appoint yourself as life president (A very African move). Organising atheists is "like hearding cats." My experience with organisations is that too much worry about control takes away from the business at hand. A simple structure with guaranteed tenure for the leaders, who are subject to a well defined constituional mandate, is sufficient to generate support.

I will post this to the sub group "Black Free Thought"
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 6, 2009 at 3:37am
This exchange should be converted into a discussion topic to make it more management. I will add, though, that Philip is not conversant with the American situation to understand RealType's situation. Very religious black women in the USA have been known to be intolerant of atheists, mojo notwithstanding. I have been more fortunate than RealType, which may be a function of living in big cities, I can't be sure. But there is a generational shift in progress and numerous black atheist women have surfaced, thanks to the Internet & activities organized via the Internet.
Comment by Philip Copeman on April 6, 2009 at 3:32am
I think you are making it unneccessarily difficult. If you've got the mojo, then race or religion is irrelevant to women. So rather than looking for God you should be looking for mojo. I have lived with Black women, Christian and Moslem. I am an evangelical athiest and White to boot. Although I must say none of their fathers ever liked me!

Today I live with happily with a white fundementalist and there is a way. Love and family triumphs over philosophy.
Comment by RealType on April 3, 2009 at 9:41am
I find its hards for a black man to find a black companion beause most black woman just dont want an atheist boyfriend. even though their is nothing wrong with dating other races but what if i want to raie black atheist babies. I have never met a black female atheist in real life.
Comment by Leslie on April 3, 2009 at 5:24am
Being a black female atheist isn't so bad. I mean, it's not something I discuss openly because I find so many theist to be closed minded. But part of my personal belief system is that there's no one right way to live, so I live and let live. I used to debate theist all the time when I first became an atheist, but I no longer need anyone to beleive what I believe for me to well, believe it! lol I'm glad not to be clouded by religion though. I'm at peace.
Comment by RealType on April 2, 2009 at 9:06pm
i wish we had more chats about the topic with him
 

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