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Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 26 2012

Black Atheists Rising: Solidarity for Black Non-Believers

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By Sikivu Hutchinson When President Obama wants to burnish his credentials amongst African Americans he knows he will always be welcome in one place: a black church from central casting. From scripture spewing politicians to high octane Baptist gospel choirs to the ubiquitous prayer circle and Tyler Perry’s bible-thumping Madea caricature, religion and black culture …

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Feb 22 2012

Stop Praying and Start Acting: Interview with Juhem Navarro-Rivera

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Juhem Navarro-Rivera is a political scientist, Secularism Scholar, blogger and author of the 2010 U.S. Latino Religious Identification survey: What is your current identification (atheist, agnostic, etc.)? Definitively an atheist since I do not believe in the existence of deities. As for labeling, I prefer the term “None” for a couple of reasons. First, sociologically it …

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Feb 20 2012

Celebrating Freedom of Religion

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    By Naima Cabelle In 2010, activist and author Donald R. Wright of Houston, Texas proposed a Day of Solidarity in hope of unifying black atheists and getting them to become active in the secular community. This year, on Sunday, February 26th marks the third annual National Day of Solidarity for Black Non-believers, however it …

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Feb 09 2012

Denzel Washington Steps In It

From the Steve Harvey school of armchair anti-atheist philosophy, Denzel Washington discusses preparing for the new film Safe House with NBC’s Matt Lauer: “I read this book called ‘The Sociopath Next Door,’ and that was like my Bible, that I related to,” he told TODAY’s Matt Lauer. “The traits of a sociopath: No conscience, no …

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Feb 06 2012

God’s Body, God’s Plan: The Komen Foundation and Abortion as Black/Latino “Genocide”

By Sikivu Hutchinson This is God’s body, the girl says. She is one of a group of middle school students participating in a youth workshop on misogynist images in media. The subject has turned to abortion, and her peers nod vigorously in agreement. Imani Moses, a high school senior who is facilitating the workshop as one …

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Feb 03 2012

Tips for Tim Tebow

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By Bob Avakian Tim Tebow, quarterback for the Denver Broncos in the National Football League, is being widely, and seemingly endlessly, promoted—as an icon not only in the realm of sports but much more broadly.  I have followed sports, including football, for many decades now, and I cannot recall ever witnessing anything like this. In …

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Feb 02 2012

Eddie Long crowned a King with help of the Torah

By Frederick Sparks In case you’re short on *facepalm* moments today, check out this video of  an odd coronation of scandal plagued pastor Eddie Long as a Hebrew king by a fellow who appears to follow some variant of Messianic Judaism and who, because he has dual citizenship with Israel, speaks on behalf of the “Jewish …

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Feb 01 2012

Interview with Nicome Taylor, Black Skeptics L.A.

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Nicome Taylor is a member of Black Skeptics Los Angeles What is your current identification (atheist, agnostic, etc.)? Currently I identify myself as an atheist, although growing up I considered myself to be Christian up until the time I begin to research the origin of my beliefs. What is your cultural/religious background (i.e. were you …

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