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Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels NOW AVAILABLE

 

Over the past several years, the Right has spun the fantasy of colorblind, post-racial, post-feminist American…

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Added by Shutch on May 14, 2013 at 5:40pm — 2 Comments

Leaving Jesus: Women of Color Beyond Faith

From The Feminist Wire

 

By Sikivu Hutchinson

The 24-hour prayer sessions are the true test of a warrior for Jesus.  They require Herculean stamina, the patience of Job, the rigor of elite marathon runners hitting the wall in a fiery sweat pit…

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Added by Shutch on November 21, 2012 at 9:19am — No Comments

Death of an Atheist Friend: Let the Faith Pimping Begin

By Sikivu Hutchinson
 
The American death industry pimps heaven hard, squeals like a stuck pig about redemption, then tasks the faithful with collecting the bloody dividends.  For the believer the death of an atheist or agnostic loved one is a theological crap shoot.  It invariably inspires fantasy, creative license, and outright bullshit betrayal of the dearly departed’s principles.  Such was the case with my friend “Miguel”, who tragically collapsed during a…
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Added by Shutch on July 19, 2012 at 5:59pm — 9 Comments

Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers

From Black Skeptics Blog:…

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Added by Shutch on December 21, 2011 at 9:12pm — 1 Comment

Prayer Warriors and Freethinkers (on the Texas Freethought Con)

By Sikivu Hutchinson

From The New Humanism

The prayer warriors have descended on the Crenshaw parking lot in South L.A. The first sentry, a slight man in athletic shorts, weaves through the parked cars on an old Schwinn. He flags down the driver of a T-Bird. They exchange quick greetings then bow their heads and join hands, oblivious, for the moment,…

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Added by Shutch on November 14, 2011 at 4:35pm — 5 Comments

Standing With Troy Davis As a Non-Believer

By Sikivu Hutchinson



This is a day of outrage for all who believe in justice and morality. The pending execution of Georgia Death Row inmate Troy Davis is an egregious reminder of the vicious cycle of immoral lynch mob justice that masquerades as due process in the United States, the exceptionalist "Christian Nation." With 25% of the world’s prison population, the U.S. has devolved into the largest penitentiary on the planet. For poor people of color, the revolving door of…

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Added by Shutch on September 21, 2011 at 6:38pm — 8 Comments

Queer Youth of Color Beyond Faith from the "New Humanism"

By Sikivu Hutchinson



From The New Humanism



At LGBTQ youth conferences it is common to see sunny-faced volunteers from gay-friendly ministries and other faith organizations hovering by tables stocked with attractive promotional literature. Their message is simple: God is merciful, forgiving and accepting of difference. And it is important for…

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Added by Shutch on July 23, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments

The West & the Rest of Us: Atheism & Sexism 101

By Sikivu Hutchinson



At a youth media literacy conference I organized recently, I was fortunate enough to experience the performance of an extremely gifted youth band whose co-lead singer is an Asian American female guitarist. At one point during the concert she tentatively introduced a song she had written about sexism by saying that it “kind of does still exist today.” I was struck by her qualified intro to the song. She is one of the few young women of color musicians fronting a… Continue

Added by Shutch on July 21, 2011 at 12:13pm — 1 Comment

Dangerous Distortions: Anti-Abortion Fascists, Third World Allies

By Sikivu Hutchinson and Diane Arellano



On a recent Los Angeles talk radio show Louisiana state legislator John LaBruzzo lamented the “massacre” of millions of “baby women” by abortion. In this fascist’s warped mind abortion infringes on the civil rights of fetuses. LaBruzzo is the author of a bill that would abolish abortion on the grounds that denying fetuses civil rights is akin to the violent denial of black civil rights under slavery. According to male anti-abortion fascists like… Continue

Added by Shutch on June 19, 2011 at 3:17pm — 2 Comments

Return of the White "Right Hand of God"

By Sikivu Hutchinson

 

It’s the best and worst of times to be a citizen in God’s favorite nation. That’s one of the reasons why nearly all of the GOP presidential hopefuls descended onto the recent Faith and Freedom Conference panting after the blessing of aging phoenix boy wonder Ralph Reed. Once dubbed the “Right Hand of God,” by Time Magazine, the godfather of Christian fascism has blazed back onto the national scene after his double dealings with disgraced lobbyist and…

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Added by Shutch on June 12, 2011 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Wet Dreams of Apocalypse

By Sikivu Hutchinson

 

On the other end of the receiver Lloyd told me that he had wandered for eighteen years through the abyss of drug addiction until he found the Lord. Perhaps it was a revelation made driving one of L.A.’s Olympian freeways, addle-brained in a 3 a.m. pile-up, where thoughts of…

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Added by Shutch on May 19, 2011 at 10:01pm — 2 Comments

American Atheists 2011 Convention (article by Naima Cabelle)

By Naima Cabelle



I tend to dislike conventions, large conferences, etc., as opposed to smaller groups where there's a greater possibility for more individual interaction. Had I not understood that an unprecedented number of people of color and women were invited as convention speakers at the April 2011 American Atheists convention, there would have been no incentive for me to go. Even so, I had to justify my attendance after considering the expense and time commitment. I decided to go… Continue

Added by Shutch on May 19, 2011 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

People of Color Organize, Review for "Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars"





BY IKONOKLAST



....Having read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, I must say it had the tendency to get very dry,…

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Added by Shutch on April 11, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Interview with Black atheist author Donald Wright

Donald Wright is a Houston-based freethought activist and the author of The Only Prayer I’ll Ever Pray: Let My People Go.In recognition of the seminal yet historically overlooked impact of black freethought traditions, he has proposed the fourth Sunday in February (February 27) as a "Day of Solidarity" for African American freethinkers, humanists, and atheists.



You were once a deacon and devoted member of your church. What…

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Added by Shutch on February 23, 2011 at 10:24am — 2 Comments

Straight to Hell

By Sikivu Hutchinson

What is it about “death with dignity” that Christian fascists don’t understand?  Recently the ultra right wing crackpot at the blog…

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Added by Shutch on December 22, 2010 at 9:29am — 2 Comments

Heretics, Humanism, and the Hood

By Sikivu Hutchinson

As a radical humanist critic of America’s Christian…

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Added by Shutch on November 12, 2010 at 9:58am — No Comments

American Terror

By Sikivu Hutchinson

“God hates fags,” says the face of terror. It is the now repugnantly familiar slogan of the Westboro Church, a clan of white Christian fundamentalists recently in the public spotlight for a Supreme Court free speech case on anti-gay protests at military funerals. This particular brand of free speech is pure stars and stripes terror, easily repudiated by the enlightened, easily placed in that special…

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Added by Shutch on October 8, 2010 at 8:45pm — 2 Comments

I Wanna Be A Macho Man: The Prosperity Gospel According to Eddie Long

By Sikivu Hutchinson

Who was it who said that it would be easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than a filthy rich pastor with a $350,000 Bentley to get into the Kingdom of God? And how long will it be before the Lord, working mysteriously, delivers New Birth Missionary Church Bishop Eddie Long--Bentley ditched for a Pinto--sobbing Jimmy Swaggart cum Ted Haggard-style in a warm lather of repentance on cable TV?



Accused of sexually abusing young men in…

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Added by Shutch on September 24, 2010 at 9:34am — 4 Comments

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