This past Friday TV One, an African American cable network, aired an episode on its show ‘Belle’s’ that highlighted one of the main characters, Jill, meeting a man named Jack. Cute right? Anyhoo, Jack and Jill proceed to date for two months without incident. After two months of dating Jill decides it’s time Jack meet her family over dinner at the family restaurant, Belle’s.
Recently, I was tagged on Facebook. Included in the tag was a video that is bringin out the black atheist community in full force. It seems there’s a sample of African Americans who believe the stereotype ‘Atheism is for white people.’ In 2012, this knowledge or lack thereof is befuddling. Don’t believe me? Well, why don’t you view it for yourself! This is definitely one of those ‘you have to see it in order to believe it’ type situations! Continue reading
It’s February and you know what that means…it’s BLACK HISTORY MONTH! We’re familiar with Madame CJ Walker, Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman etc-but did you know escaped slave turned slavery abolitionist, orator Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was also a freethinker?
- I can see no reason, but the most deceitful one, for calling the religion of this land Christianity. I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, the grossest of all libels. [Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself]
- I assert most unhesitatingly, that the religion of the South is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes– a justifier of the most appalling barbarity, a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds, and a dark shelter under which the darkest, foulest, grossest, and most infernal deeds of slaveholders find the strongest protection. Where I to be again reduced to the chains of slavery, next to that enslavement, I should regard ….. being the slave of a religious master the greatest calamity that could befall me…I…hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land. [Frederick Douglass, "After the Escape"]
- We have men sold to build churches, women sold to support the gospel, and babes sold to purchase Bibles for the poor heathen, all for the glory of God and the good of souls. The slave auctioneer’s bell and the church-going bell chime in with each other, and the bitter cries of the heart-broken slave are drowned in the relgious shouts of his pious master. Revivals of religion and revivals in the slave trade go hand in hand. [Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself] – Taken from About.com:Agnosticism/Atheism
Well said, Mr. Douglass, well said!