Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 28 2013

Black Atheists Step Up

WLP scholarship winners

Some atheists are constantly bashing faith-based organizations AND believers of color for being backwards, ignorant and discriminatory.  But at the end of the day, what are mainstream secular, humanist, atheist and freethought “human rights” organizations doing to actively fight for social and racial justice in American communities of color?  How many know or care about the following human and …

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Jan 17 2013

On Faith, Mante Te’O’s fake girlfriend and the Age of Narrative

Manti Te'O

by Frederick Sparks “Faith is believing in something you most likely can’t see, but you believe to be true”  – Manti Te’o In what has to be one of the oddest stories of the new year, the story of celebrated Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’O’s triumphant performance against arch rival Michigan after losing his girlfriend to …

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Jan 17 2013

Code Red Homophobia: Homelessness, HIV and Black Religiosity


By Sikivu Hutchinson (Excerpt from Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels, March 2013) For the past several months, Crenshaw Boulevard in predominantly black South Los Angeles has featured a series of striking billboards condemning homophobia and its role in the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  The billboards are the work of the black gay activist group In the Meantime …

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Jan 03 2013

Rape, American Style

India Gang Rape

By Sikivu Hutchinson When I was five years old I was sexually assaulted by neighbors.  Ours was a tranquil post-white flight neighborhood of beautiful single family homes, obsessively tended lawns and keeping-up-with-the-Joneses home improvement.  It was the mid-seventies; before black women’s experiences with rape had come into broader public consciousness through works like The Color …

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