Christianity

The Pitfalls of Being A Black Atheist

You see a lot of shit that other people don’t.

Black Christians may be fine with Jehovah’s Witnesses driving up in this “community” dropping off their propaganda bullshit in our Little Library, but I’m not. I’ll take those booklets out of there every time I see them. Not only is it hypocritical, but it’s ass-backwards when it’s sitting next to books about the universe and dinosaurs. It’s problematic enough that there are enough black Jehovah’s Witnesses indoctrinating young minds, I’ll be damned if I allow someone to drive up in here from the suburbs only to drop those booklets off and leave is going to, too. If all you have to offer to these kids in tougher times is religion, just stay home and pray, it has the same effect. From the looks of things, religion hasn’t worked well for any of these kids.

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Answer: Hell to the fucking No!

Other Christians, especially black ones assume you’re Christian

I hate this with a passion! I know, I know it happens to everyone, but I’m not stupid. It’s much more obvious in the black “community”. It’s much more in your face, too. You could be standing, minding your own business and look up, you’re in a prayer circle for no damn reason.

“Which church you go to?” “Here’s a pamphlet for what’s going on at church this weekend.” “Do you have a church home?” “Why ain’t you in church, chile!” “Should baptize your daughter before she gets too old.” “Did your Christen your son?” “Here’s a bible. I have so many of these at home!” “Which scripture is your favorite?” “Circumcise that boy!” “Make sure when you marry it’s in a church! You have to be good with god, ya know!”

After a while, it all sounds like they all got their notes from each other. They all sound the same. They all sound cherry-picked.

When they find out you’re not a Christian, they ostracize you – in most cases, at least try – from the “community”.

All you have to say is you don’t so much as pray and they’ll look at you differently. Start explaining why and watch the bullshit before you unfold.

Add any more labels alongside “atheist” and you’ll start having to keep down vomit every time you hear, “now, you’re just doing this shit for attention”.

Especially if you’re anything other than straight, then don’t be a woman on top of that. It’s like the shit you already have stacked against you just tripled.

Some would say, “You wouldn’t have all these problems if you didn’t make yourself a target by having labels you know would make you a target.” Well, no one told them they had to believe that nonsense either, but I’m supposed to hide behind a figment of who I am because of apologists? Because of victim blamers? Because you cannot handle being an adult?

I’m not being black for attention. I’m not being a woman for attention. I’m not being bisexual for attention, nor am I confused. I’m not being an atheist for attention. I’m being Lee and Lee isn’t the one with the problem here. I’m being told that I am the problem. Everything about who I am is a problem for other people when it shouldn’t be.

Other hoteps assume you’re ‘Hotep’ because you’re an atheist or have atheistic ideals.

A lot of “hoteps” aren’t religious, they think god is a black ‘wombman’. Don’t get me to translate it. I don’t know what it is. They like to think they have third eyes. See the contradiction? They replaced one religion for another, but at the same time, have a lot of atheistic ideals so they join black atheist pages or ‘Real Black Atheist’ pages. Emphasis on ‘real’ because that means a lot to them.

They have certain beliefs and ideals on what an actual atheist is. It’s ridiculous. They’re just as bad as churchgoers because they push that shit onto others. I don’t want to be your “Qween”. I want to be Lee. Also, let’s get this out of the way: You hoteps should seriously stop getting hung up on Africa. Most of you never been there, don’t know much about the place outside of Egypt and West Africa and even then, you’re 95% of the time wrong.

Furthermore, stop cultural appropriating a people who haven’t raised a finger in all of our time being here in America to help us or defend us. Miss me with that, “they got their own problems” bullshit. That right there tells me you should just be quiet. Go sit down and finish Hidden Colors, 1,2,3, and 4 that you only watched five minutes of.

You’re subjected to a lot of Christian fuckery on a daily basis.

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Christian fuckery can come in all shapes and forms because it takes many shapes and forms just as fast as you can say, “I give it all to Jesus!”. Usually, it’s unavoidable because it’s unpredictable. You could be sitting at a bus stop, minding your own business and a wild Christian appears and uses absolve.

“Oh, thank you, Jesus! God is good! How are you today, Lee? I bullshit you not, she says that to me every time. It never fails. “I’m fine, just waiting on the bus.” She gives me a side glance and a once over at the same time. This woman is magical. “Well, you look like you need a hug. God is always by your side. I know how you feel about Jesus, but I pray for you every night.” You know how you sometimes catch yourself before you think you may say something you think you may regret later, you’re not all the way sure, but at the same time, you only care enough to not say anything because you have to socialize with this person almost every day? Yea, that was me. I wanted to say, “Whatever you’re praying for, it’s making shit worse, if it’s working at all. Please stop.” but, all I could muster through gritted teeth was a thank you.

It didn’t stop there.

“Well, girl one of our new neighbors are so nasty. I went over there to help them and whew, god it was BAD! I had to pray about it when I got home. Even the children were nasty, but I prayed about it. I even did a little hail mary as I got in the shower! Oh lord, let me stop talking about them. I’m better than that. Sorry, Jesus.” At this point, I wasn’t sure if she was talking to me or Jesus.

It’s just weird seeing them absolve themselves of judgment by bringing up Jesus. She repents on the go! It’s like some of them only help people just to judge them, to make them feel better about themselves. Then they justify it with Jesus. Jesus is the scapegoat that they can use to absolve them of any consequence.

You’re the reason as to why everything is about race. [See: Name of page]

Oh really? So I created white supremacy? I plundered the world and left terror and destruction in its wake everywhere I went? I murdered and almost wiped out an entire race just because I wanted what they had? I created segregation? Really? No, I am the reaction of those actions caused by white supremacy. Also, white power is not a culture. Never will be one.

Oh, and shit like this:

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I was born black. You were taught religion

I just called his beliefs bullshit, but all I get is racist rhetoric from the 60’s. Never mind that I questioned his religion. Never mind that it is bullshit. Nope, he saw the word ‘Black’ and that’s all that mattered.

Christians, you have a lot of village idiots running around. Is that by design? So do atheists, but this post isn’t about them. I’m black, first. That’s a fact that’s very obvious in my everyday life. That’s the first thing people will ever see and that’s not even my fault. White supremacy made it that way.

You’ll have those that’ll say, “Well, why stoop down to their level?” Have you been asleep throughout history? Black people sat at counters, minding their own business when they were being bullied out of restaurants by racists. Black people have been minding their own business for quite some time, trying to stay peaceful. Trying to do what other people say, “ignore it and leave it alone”. Well, it isn’t leaving us alone. I refuse to be complacent in the face of any kind of racism. Fuck your arbitrary ass levels you set. Y.O.U. They don’t apply to me.

It’s like someone pissing on me and getting mad that I’m getting mad at them for pissing on me.

You sound fucking stupid.

Shut up.

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How Religion is Used As Emotional Blackmail/GUEST AUTHOR

by Raven Burnes

                       The hymn ended and the preacher launched into a highly emotional and symbolic sermon, recounting how our mothers had given birth to us, how they had nursed us from infancy, how they had tended us when we were sick, how they had seen us grow up, how they had watched over us, how they had always known what was best for us. He then called for yet another hymn, which was hummed. He chanted above it in a melancholy tone:

                        “Now, I’m asking the first mother who really loves her son to bring him to me for baptism!”

                        Goddam, I thought. It had happened quicker than I had expected. My mother was looking steadily at me.

                        “Come, son, let your old mother take you to God,” she begged. “I brought you into the world, now let me help to save you.”

                        She caught my hand and I held back.

                        “I’ve been as good a mother as I could,” she whispered through her tears.

                        “God is hearing every word,” the preacher underscored her plea.

                        This business of saving souls had no ethics; every human relationship was shamelessly exploited. In essence, the tribe was asking us whether we shared its feelings; if we refused to join the church, it was equivalent to saying no, to placing ourselves in the position of moral monsters. One mother led her beaten and frightened son to the preacher amid shouts of amen and hallelujah.

                        “Don’t you love your old crippled mother, Richard?” my mother asked. “Don’t leave me standing here with my empty hands, she said, afraid that I would humiliate her in public.

                        It was no longer a question of my believing in God; it was no longer a matter of whether I would steal or lie or murder; it was a simple, urgent matter of public pride, a matter of how much I had in common with other people. If I refused, it meant that I did not love my mother, and no man in that tight little black community had ever been crazy enough to let himself be placed in such a position. My mother pulled my arm and I walked with her to the preacher and shook his hand, a gesture that made me a candidate for baptism. There were more songs and prayers; it lasted until well after midnight. I walked home limp as a rag; I had not felt anything except sullen anger and a crushing sense of shame. Yet I was somehow glad that I had got it over with; no barriers now stood between me and the community.

                        “Mama, I don’t feel a thing,” I told her truthfully.

                        “Don’t you worry; you’ll grow into feeling it,” she assured me.

                        And when I confessed to the other boys that I felt nothing, they too admitted that they felt nothing.

                        “But the main thing is to be a member of the church,” they said (Wright 154-155).

I am currently reading Richard Wright’s autobiography Black Boy, and scenes like the one above are plentiful. Religion and “faith” are waved around like a spiked billy club designed to usher all wayward freethinkers into submission. I was struck by how little has changed in terms of how much pressure is put on people to make a “decision” for God – a decision that seems to be more about other people – and their power and reputation – than it is about you.

I realize that this pressure probably has evolutionary origins. We are a social species. Family/tribe membership has always been essential for our survival. Nevertheless, as we continue to evolve as a species, our concept of “the tribe” is necessarily expanding. With this expansion, I am hopeful that the outdated emotional blackmail used to bully children – and anyone who thinks differently – into religion will fall away as well.

 

Work Cited

Wright, Richard. Black Boy (American Hunger): A Record of Childhood and Youth. New York: Perennial Classics, 1998. 154-155. Print.

 

 

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Slavery in the Bible | Scriptures Christians Either Love, Hate, or Ignore

Time for Bible Study, where you’ll do some actual studying. This is a non-cherry-picking post, so hold on to your undies because they’re about to ride up your crotch!
**This is for the people who proclaim that there isn’t any slavery in the bible no matter what Testament it’s in. I’m looking at you, black people.

Deuteronomy 21:10 – 14

When you go out to war against your enemies, and the Lord your God gives them into your hand and you take them captive, 11 and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you desire to take her to be your wife, 12 and you bring her home to your house, she shall shave her head and pare her nails. 13 And she shall take off the clothes in which she was captured and shall remain in your house and lament her father and her mother a full month. After that you may go in to her and be her husband, and she shall be your wife. 14 But if you no longer delight in her, you shall let her go where she wants. But you shall not sell her for money, nor shall you treat her as a slave, since you have humiliated her.

How exactly is that NOT slavery?

Colossians 3:22

laves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.

W-what is that? Yep, slavery.

Ephesians 6:5

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear.  Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.

Exodus 21: 7 – 8

If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as male servants do. If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her.

Slavery.

Exodus 21:20-21

Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, 21 but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.

Property, slave, punish all of these words can describe slavery in the bible in numerous ways!

Leviticus 25:44 – 46

Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. 45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. 46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

You have got to love the classics! Leviticus never fails!

Luke 12:47-48

The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it.  “But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly.  Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.

1 Peter 2:18

Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.

I’ve already flown over the threshold: There’s more scriptures about slavery than there is about gays at this point. Hell, I met that point long before now.

1 Timothy 6:1

All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered.

Titus 2:9

Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.

I don’t know about you, but that looks like to me that there’s slavery in the bible. Tell me I’m “taking it out of context” all you want. There IS NO taking slavery out of context.

Black people, stop making excuses for this bullshit! You don’t need religioin! You know bullshit when you see it. Stop letting these idiots bullshit the bullshitters. I wish y’all knew better than a fucking newborn.

Here’s one for the trolls:

As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion… – (Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli 1797.  Unanimously ratified by the U.S. Senate and signed by President John Adams)

Pastor Dies From Praying For Protection From The Very Same Snake That Bit Him

On this episode of ‘What the Fuck Do Religious People Be Thinking?!‘, we take you to Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Kentucky, Middlesboro. Damn that was a mouth full.

Pastor Jamie Coots died of a snake bite. He was bitten by a rattlesnake Saturday during one of his church services. Death. Snakes. Church. Pastors. All words that have been in the same sentence quite a lot these past few years.

Coots was a former bus driver and a star of ‘Snake Salvation’, a reality television show on National Geographic. Coots was handling a rattlesnake to demonstrate his unending faith to his lord and Christ. He was bitten soon after.

He believed he was commanded to handle snakes, and if in danger or bitten he was forbidden to seek medical attention. Instead, it was required that he pray for healing.  The family’s strong belief in Pentecostalism, arguably the most important mass religious movement of the twentieth century, is thought to protect them from venomous snakes.

Seriously, guy? All those other pastors dying from this very same thing must have flew under your radar. Or this is one of those “he wasn’t a true man of faith which is why those other guys got a bit and died” moments.

He had one of the rattlers in his hand, he came over and he was standing beside me. It was plain view, it just turned its head and bit him in the back of the hand … within a second,Cody Winn; Preacher

Emergency responders were called to the scene, but Coots already went home. When the emergency responders arrived at his home Coots had passed away from his snakebite after refusing care.

Coots was carrying on his family’s 100-year tradition “in the name f god”. Coots had allegedly been bit eight times before and he assumed that he would recover like last time. Coots lost a finger in the past from a serpent bite after it rotted and fell off.

Coots death, of course, didn’t change their faith or reasoning. They will continue to handle snakes in his honor; in god’s honor. You’d think after a woman died after a snake biting them at their church in the past that they’d hang up their dangerous practice. Nope.

I guess faith as tiny as a mustard seed means shit to reality.

53% of Americans Believe They Have a Special Relationship With God

castiel This is not a shock to me. Just look at how they act. Anyway, a new poll has revealed that more than half (53%) of the 1000 people who took a recent survey believes that god has them in their top 5. How cute. You’d think since god has them on speed dial that he’d call since it’s been a while. There’s so much turmoil and I’m sure the prayers are flying, so what’s going on? A more important question: What makes America think they’re so special that they receive special relations with big the ‘G’ itself? Here’s a not-so-shocking fact: Black people make up 62% of the survey that believe they have a special relationship with god. I guess they truly believe they’re blessed and highly favored. *barf*

“African Americans were also among the most likely to share the belief, at 62 per cent, along with 59 per cent of Southerners.” [Source]

Seriously, where are all the lottery winners? Where are all the people cured of severe medical illnesses? Where are all the amputees who’ve grown limbs back? All I’m seeing is NBA teams winning games and finding lost car keys. That’s some relationship you have there, Christians. I’m jealous.

When you live in a certain area and come from a particular background anything will seem like a blessing when it’s in their favor.

Black people actually believe white chalky Jesus favors them. So I’m assuming they were okay with slavery and all the racism that’s still poisoning this nation today. They’re okay with being systematically wiped out of existence. They’re okay with all of that because in their mind: “If it’s white then it’s alright!” I still haven’t gotten over the fact that these very same black people will kick their own flesh and blood to the curb for being gay or an atheist, but will forgive a serial killer for shooting up their church and proceed to burn them down – with them in there if they could get away with it. There has to be a point when all this Stockholm syndrome nonsense runs its course – into a solid brick fucking wall.

The praying, the forgiving, it needs to stop. Black Christians, you need to stop. You’ve been doing this for centuries and the only thing that seem to change is how they kill you and when. Just because you got accepted into Brown College or your lights are on for another day because money somehow appeared in a pair of jeans you forgot you had and found them in the back of your closet on laundry day doesn’t mean god did it. This very same god that you think is giving you special attention just killed a lot of us.

This very same god you’re so gung-ho about is not helping you. WAKE UP. You’re not special to a ghost, a myth, a story. “God to be the glory!” on your feet making the change you want to be, not on your knees doing absolutely nothing.

‘I Luh God’ | Black Embarrassment Television

I unfortunately, ran across something I wish I hadn’t. I guess that’s the price I pay for using social media. What I saw made me lose all hope for the religious black community. A song called ‘I Luh God’ by a “gospel” singer named Erica Campbell.

This is what Erica Campbell had to say:

Everyone doesn’t speak properly. Everyone doesn’t live in a well-maintained manicured neighborhood. People live in rough neighborhoods and they speak how they speak. No matter where you are, you have to acknowledge that you’re blessed. Everybody don’t like it. Some people are upset about it, but they’ll be all right. God don’t live in a box. Why should I?

Because – lazy ass – you’re supposed to be above that. You’re supposed to do – and be the opposite of what society expects. Jesus fucking Christ you religious people are something else. Not only are you religious while black, you’re proving a stereotype a lot of black people are trying to get rid of.

I read somewhere that someone called her the Beyoncé of gospel music. Just to add insult to injury…read this:

In response to the criticism, Erica Campbell told the The Tom Joyner Morning Show that the song was made in the trap/hood style to appeal to people in lower-income neighbourhoods, like the one she grew up in.

If I slam my head on my desk any harder, I’d be just as dense as her.

I get it, black people are simple creatures when it come to music, but don’t insult us. I ‘luh‘ god? Are you serious? I don’t know what’s more embarrassing: The blatant and very much intended spelling error, the trap house music style to the song, the entire song itself, or the people who’s eating this shit up.

These kinds of people have no shame because the dollar amount takes care of that. Maybe I should go into religious work. It seems that’s where the money is. My morally sound conscience can’t lie to people and use them for monetary gain though, so there’s that.

But what the fuck!? Really?

The song is on youtube, but the video isn’t, which is why I haven’t posted a video of it here. But here’s a link to the video because you can’t just listen to the song, you have to see the full effect of that nonsense in all its glory. Let me know how it ended, 1:40 in and I was through.

I never understood how the religious could say that’s the devil’s music and then turn around and use the same type of music to put in gospel lyrics and says it’s for Christ.Yea, I guess that makes it okay. 

Get the fuck out of here.

Creflo Dollar Wants A Space Shuttle Now | Jets for Jesus

I know, I know. What does this pulpit pimp want now?

After Creflo’s failed crowd-funding in attempt to buy a 65 million dollar jet, he took to his congregation to talk about the devil shorting him the money. He’s still trying to get it. Now? This guy wants a fucking space shuttle. He claims in the video that people don’t understand why he needs the jet. He operates in many countries, why does he need help with getting his jet and now, for some fucking reason, a goddamned space shuttle? Oh, yea…because it’s his DREAM.

In order for me to do what I’ve been called to do. The airlines they don’t fly my schedule.

Are you fucking kidding me? They don’t fly your schedule? Is that the best excuse you could come up with? Alright. Okay. He wants this jet and shuttle in the name of Jesus, but it doesn’t work that way. Those darn airlines, how dare they not check with Mr. Gimmee-Your- Dollars first before making out their schedules! Straight to Hell they go.

If they discover there’s life on Mars, I’m gonna have to believe God for a billion dollar space shuttle. Cause we got to preach the Gospel on Mars.

Aw, come on, man! Listen, the universe doesn’t need his level of fuckery. It’s bad enough as it is that it’s plaguing this planet. He’s not about to go to Mars and do it, too. He and the rest of his pastor buddies CAN get a one-way ticket to the sun, though. I wonder what his congregation thinks of this. Seriously. I need a laugh. I mean, his congregation has put forth more than enough already and has even tried to help him get his jet. Do they get a refund since it failed? I have a question: How much of his dream gets funded by Social Security checks?

I have a question: How much of his dream gets funded by Social Security checks?

How can he stand up there with a straight face and defend the nonsense that’s leaving it? You know what? I think the congregation would see a better return on investment if they paid the Russians to drop Creflo off on Mars for missionary work. “If I wanna believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me. I’m gonna have to believe God for a billion dollar space shuttle“. Believe what you want, but you’re asking people for it, not god! You can pray for the jet, but you’re soliciting donations, not miracles!

“When you’re born into this world, you’re given a ticket to the freak show. If you’re born in America you get a front row seat.” – George Carlin

Just so you know, “Private Jets for Jesus” is the worst Kanye West album to date. This is just another episode of “god doesn’t give preachers airplanes, chumps do”. Remember that time Jesus told his disciples to buy him a golden chariot? Yeah, me neither.

Active authoritarian; Creflow praying on the passive authoritarian flock. It’s a symbiotic relationship. They give him money and he tells them what they want to hear.

 I spoke with god last night and she flies coach, actually.

While I’m thinking about it, let me remind Christians on a few bible scriptures they probably didn’t know exist:

Matthew 6:24: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate
the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise
the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Luke 18:25: “For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

Luke 12:33: “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide
yourselves with money bags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the
heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth
destroys.”

1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of
evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the
faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

Hebrews 13:5: “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content
with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor
forsake you.”

Luke 6:24: “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.”

I wonder has he gotten to this part of the bible, yet. He’s crying about the devil discrediting him, but this assclown doesn’t need the devil to discredit him. He does a damn good job of that all on his own.

This is why aliens have placed warning buoys on the edge of our solar system.

I’m done.