Black atheists break one more set of chains

There needs to be a stronger black voice in the atheist community. As much as I reject the god of Abraham, anyone of color should reject this fable twice as much as I, and any woman should reject him ten times as much. If someone knocks you down and steps on your throat demanding that you bow down to Thor, you will very likely oblige to the request. But would you then dictate to your children that they bow down to this myth long after the bullies who subjugated you are dead?

Christianity didn’t spread through the Americas with the love of Jesus. It spread through the bloody sword of Spain and the European settlers and slave traders. Many U.S. citizens of African heritage recognize that Christianity was the religion of their ancestors’ oppressors and Biblical passages were used to justify slavery. Some reject Christianity but then embrace Islam that adheres to the same god of Abraham. This is akin to protesting meat by eating beef instead of pork. The only ones who have truly broken the chains are those who reject all Abrahamic faiths.

Religion is so very deeply engrained in the black culture that it can be very difficult for young people to take the path of rationality and independence. With internet communities such as Facebook and YouTube there is no reason for any black atheist to feel isolated. Come on out, be proud and be heard. Logic has no color. You’ll find that the same insanities and bigotries you find in religion are common realizations with other free thinkers of all backgrounds. Most people are good by nature, not through any misguided devotion to ignorant bigots who claimed to speak for god thousands of years ago. Nothing should be worshiped whether it be man or imaginary.

Quotes by African American free thinkers:
"As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion." – Butterfly McQueen
“A black Christian is like a black person with no memory.” – Chris Rock
“Salvation for a race, nation or class must come from within.” - A. Phillip Randolph
“Gods always behave like the people who make them.” - Zora Neale Hurston
“being in the pulpit, was like being in the theatre; I was behind the scenes and knew how the illusion worked.” – James A. Baldwin
“It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.” – James A. Baldwin
“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson
“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
“The more I learn about the universe, the less convinced I am that there's any sort of benevolent force that has anything to do with it, at all.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.” - W. E. B. Du Bois
“Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.” - Richard Wright
“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” - Dr. Carter G. Woodson
“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” - Frederick Douglass
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” - Frederick Douglass
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. - Frederick Douglass
“I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.” – Alice Walker
“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” - Alice Walker

Recent videos by black atheists and agnostics:
Greatest African American Freethinkers

Black Atheism

Coming Out As An Atheist

The Erosion of Progress by Religions

Certainty of Uncertainty Part 1

Greydon Square - Black Atheist

Black non-believers of Chicago
http://blacknonbelieversofchicago.org/bnoc/
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blackfreethinkers

Reference:
Famous Black Freethinkers
http://www.infidelguy.com/article75.html#rogers

Books
Christianity and Black Oppression: Duppy Know Who Fe Frighten http://www.amazon.com/Christianity-Black-Oppression-Duppy-Frighten/dp/1479191450

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