black atheists

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black atheists

I am so glad that I found this site, and I just read Armin's wonderful book Why There Is No God. Having been atheist 50 of my 63 yrs, I have read all of the current crop of atheist authors, and this books is by far the best. I just wish that more black atheists would "come out." I am gratefulfor sites like this where I can meet others, but appreciate black atheist sites and meet ups. for other blacks who might read this forum ck out sikivu hutchinson. she has a gread body of work. The rush towards this country becoming a theocracy finally forced me to retire to a secular country. wish i had done it yrs ago. namaste

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Thank you so much Sandy for

Thank you so much Sandy for your kind words :)

Pitar's picture
Being a resident of the U.S.

Being a resident of the U.S. there is much I have no exposure to. There is no oppression, or worse, towards people for their belief systems here. Indeed, this country was built upon freedoms to speak openly and worship as one chooses to.

While there is a form of social rejection to be considered it does not carry the fear of reprisals many other countries would inflict upon their citizenry for expressing personal choice in deference to State established norms.

I have to appreciate that atheism, in its simplest form, is but a declaration and need not be anything more. Outwardly conforming to State established norms should make life very easy, whether that adherence is inwardly accepted or rejected, because open rejection is not a tenet of atheism. In other words, anyone who holds to atheism need not tell anyone else about it and that shouldn't be a problem. It's no one's business. The great thing about atheism is it places no demands on a person.

I think anyone can read into my posts that I am an atheist. I take it no further than simple declaration and I travel the atheist circles to say so. There is no such thing as a pacifist atheist because they are basically one in the same by their very natures. There is, however, a militant atheist evidenced by those who take it beyond a private personal declaration to outwardly promoting it as some sort of organization, when it's nothing of the kind.

I do appreciate the various belief systems people embrace because they need them. Atheists don't but most people need to know there's some kind of purpose to their lives and Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy Of Needs theory is not it. They need a god looking over them. Fair enough, they dream one up and he comes to them in those very dreams. We know that's the way of it and an atheist shouldn't care what metaphysical conjuring other people need to draw comfort from. It just doesn't matter.

It's sad that you found it necessary to relocate to finish out your life in a manner that better suits who you are. That's important to avoid reprisals. But, had you kept your atheism to yourself you would not suffer such risk, anyway.

I find it odd that the majority of atheists feel a need to take up the books, swords and amulets of Don Quixote and shout out their declarations.

Jeff Vella Leone's picture
"I find it odd that the

"I find it odd that the majority of atheists feel a need to take up the books, swords and amulets of Don Quixote and shout out their declarations."

Because some of us do care about the suffering of others and fight injustice.

Those atheists which do not speak up until something happens to them are the kind of egoistical cowards that deserve less respect for their existence then some theists I know.

I would rater have the insane people then those atheists as my friends.

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