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Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 30 2011

Ebony Magazine Features Black Atheist

In what is undoubtedly a first for a major African American publication, the July issue of Ebony Magazine contains an article featuring a black atheist. The write-up by Alix Jules, director of the Fellowship of Freethought in Dallas, was selected from user submissions for the Spirit Quest section of the magazine’s wellness section, and details …

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Jun 27 2011

Black Atheists and Reactionary Black Nationalism

By Norm R. Allen Jr. Members of the Black Atheists of Atlanta are causing quite a stir on the Web with their provocative conception of Black atheism. They embrace a reactionary, African-centered worldview, from which they inevitably denounce homosexuality, Western civilization, and White people in general. In particular, they are all too willing to sacrifice …

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Jun 22 2011

The Prison of Black Patriarchal Masculinity

By Derrick L. McMahon, Jr. As a black man living in the United States, I know all too well the prison that Black Patriarchal Masculinity can be. Growing up, the cell that I was placed in was small and rigid, a place for conformity rather than creativity. My masculinity was policed at almost every turn. …

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Jun 15 2011

Marx’s View of Religion as an “opiate of the people” and radical social justice Humanism

By Tia M. Osborne As I was sitting in a Women’s Studies class in the spring, a discussion regarding religiosity, atheism, and communist ideology took place. One of my peers asked why it is that many Marxists also identify as atheist. My professor and many others in the class (including me) went on to explain …

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Jun 12 2011

Black Atheists and the Failure of Black Academia

By Norm R. Allen Jr. There has never been a better time to be a black atheist, secular humanist, freethinker, or rationalist in the U.S. Black non-theists are especially coming out of the closet on-line. There are groups such as the Black Skeptics, Black Female Skeptics, Black Atheists of America, and many others. Black non-theists …

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