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black atheists

“Is it possible to be accepted as a black atheist without being anti-white?”

Yes, someone asked that very question. My answer is yes. There’s no club – just a descriptive label for other people to understand your nonreligious stance. Nothing more, nothing less. To feel as if one has to be accepted into the black atheist community based on a set of standards and mindsets leaves me to believe that there’s a lot of miseducation afoot.

Atheism is a simple concept: You lack a deity. That’s it. It’s kind of different for black people because of how they believe they became religious. I mentioned this before, but not a lot of people know this: White people didn’t shove Christianity down your ancestor’s throats. Christianity is – excuse my language – is really fucking old. It’s always been there. A lot of black atheists use that as the “nail in the coffin” to their arguments. Yes, it doesn’t make it right because white people did in fact, use it to keep us enslaved. They’re wrong, but let’s be right about that wrong, okay? Okay. Moving on…

“Is it possible to be accepted as a black atheist without being anti-white?”

I’m still hung up on the ‘accepted’ part of the question. It looks and feels out of place. You’re not joining a cult, you’re reverting back to what you were before you – if you were – indoctrinated. You live your life minus a deity. I think that is as simple as I can say it.

I’m a black atheist, but I’m not anti-white. They’re not mutually exclusive nor should they be. Calling white people the ‘white devil’ is cute in theory, but it’s not realistic. I’m talking more towards the hoteps now because y’all are ridiculous and need to get over yourselves. What I’m getting at is you don’t have to be anti-white to be a black atheist. That’s totally unnecessary. It’s like trying to find a reason to be prejudice when there’s no need. There’s never a need. You can be pro-black and not be anti-white.

Some would argue: “Well, what would it hurt being anti-white? What power do we have being anti-white? Why would they care?” These are all the wrong questions. The questions that should be asked are: Who told you that black atheism came with being prejudice, too? Why would you want to be anti-white?  What exactly does that solve?

You don’t have to be anti-white to be a black atheist and being a black atheist doesn’t mean being anti-white. There’s no acceptance committee, no cult, no judges, or jury.

Just you. Free from religion.

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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Where Are All The Moderate White Christians Denouncing Planned Parenthood Shooting?

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Nowhere to be found, but as expected. You see, they don’t have much to say when the spotlight is on them. Suddenly, he’s a lone wolf and doesn’t represent Christianity as a whole. There’s a built-in double-standard that for some reason, refuses to be made a topic of discussion.

Dear White Guys: The shoe is on the other foot and it is binding, no?

[We’re] thugs and come from the ghetto and broken homes and we’re not allowed to protest due to black-on-black crime because it somehow makes us look like hypocrites.

Regardless of the motives, whatever those may be it doesn’t remove the fact that there are a lot of people quiet when if it were someone of color, they’d be all over Faux News.

& This is why the Ku Klux Klan still exist. That is why far more Americans have been killed in domestic mass shooting events than have been killed in Islamic terrorist attacks.

Related: Yes, The Planned Parenthood Shooter is A ‘Christian Terrorist

What’s weird is that somehow Muslims have to apologize for Paris yet black people are still waiting on reparations. No one is riding up  Robert Lewis Dear ass to make him apologize.

Update: Closing comments due to ignorance.

The KKK

Why Being “Pro-white” is Absolutely Ridiculous

I posted this image to BA:

being pro black in america

Not accounting for the trollops that do believe being pro-black is being anti-white. Let’s not get it confused, here.

And in came the flurry of racists and bigots. The main ones were white men. They called the post racist, hypocritical and illogical. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. They mentioned a lot about them being “pro-white” because of black people being “pro-black”. They then had to tell me what they see in the black community. No, that is not what you see, what you see is what the television ALLOWS you to see, what the news outlets ALLOW you to see. You don’t go looking for positive black empowerment because why would you when the opposite is so easily available and at your disposal to use in an online flame wars with black people? Why is it when it is something positive about black people, white people have a problem? What are you so fucking afraid of?

The world we live is the world where lives matters according to their race, color, faith, money, looks, and development.

There have been tragedies happening all over Black America and not one single moment of silence, not a single light was cut off, but as soon as Paris is attacked we have to pray for them? SNL does a PSA? Let’s not point out the black people who died in Paris, okay? I know it wasn’t just white people who died. Anyone who just open fire in a theater is bound to shoot anyone and everyone, bullets don’t discriminate and neither do terrorists. While we’re on Paris, there’s something people should read before they start defending them. Now that we got that out the way, let’s go ahead and get the stick out of your sandy vagina and move the fuck on.

When things like this are milestones, don’t talk to me about “pro-white”. Boko Haram killed 2000 people in one week, in January of this year. The kill count hasn’t stopped since then. They’re doing that and abducting people as sex slaves. Silence. So don’t talk to me about “pro-white”. 147 Kenyans killed at university, by al-Shabab, in April this year. Crickets. These aren’t the only incidents happening in Africa, there are more. You can hear a cat piss on cotton the media coverage for this area is so quiet. So who, in your right mind, should care? Because it damn sure ain’t white, Asian, Hispanic, or Indian people. Again, keep the “pro-white” nonsense at a distance. The terror threat is much bigger in Africa than it is in Europe, but guess who’s getting all the media coverage? Again, don’t talk to me about “pro-white”.

We are slowly coming to the realization that we need to be lifting each other up, not tearing each other apart.

No, I’m not going to just throw facts aside because another terrorist attack happened. Facts don’t stop being facts because someone died a tragic death. Will the world – has the world stopped as profound and as strongly for Paris, for Black people? No. I’m sorry what happened to them happened to them, but we can’t even get BET to air The Million Man March. That’s to be expected since BET is owned by a white man. No, I am not changing the color of my Facebook to of Paris or any other place. I can show my solidarity without standing on a soapbox, preaching to people, mad that they’re speaking facts. I don’t have to belittle like other people have to. Changing my picture through a generator to add colors isn’t going to change anything. It hasn’t. If you’re so hell-bent on being angry at people who have valid reservations about humanity only being human to white people, tell them to their faces. Call them out, don’t make passive-aggressive ass statuses on Facebook crying. What does that solve? How many keystrokes did you just waste? Your opinion and your angst are just a drop in a fucking bucket. Especially those black people who have disdain for outspoken black people, you’re all about being humanist and preachy about letting a tragedy be just that, but you want to passive-aggressively have a Facebook pitch-fork party for anyone who you don’t agree with. There’s enough shit going on without you adding your 2 cents about you being in your emotions.

Moving on…

Pro-Black stems from the pride of having black heritage, being black, not being scared of white people and their ways of trying to downplay black-ism. Pro-white nationalism comes from the pride of having no other heritage but white, the end. Question: The KKK is “pro-white”, and you want to affiliate yourself with them? Okay, you can’t talk or get mad about black people being about and for themselves. You can’t call yourself my ally. You’re just a racist with a different title. How can a majority have anything to say about black people being “pro-black”?  Define your meaning of “pro-black” and “pro-white”, what does it entail? Being pro-black is NOT anti-white. There is no vice-versa, black people can say things about another race all they want; until they’re blue in the face. All a white person can say to that is: “I’m still white, you’re still a nigger, I own you” and flitter off. I can’t think of one thing a black person is a part of in this country that a white person didn’t have a part in or own, as well; not off the top of my head, anyway.

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I’m so tired of white people telling black people what they can and cannot do or say, as far as racism goes. When you understand how racism works, you won’t be able to use that in your argument anymore. If I called a white person a “cracker” or a “honky” right now and they followed up with their usual, “Jungle bunny”, “porch monkey”, or “nigger” rebuttal, which one do you think will have more power, them calling me a nigger or me calling them a cracker? Their racial slurs have backing, history, power. Ours are in spite of those facts. They have little to no value, no power, no meaning, no reasoning. It’s laughable.

Black Lives Matter

All of a sudden ‘All lives matter’ or ‘Blue lives matter’ because now we believe we matter. Which we in fact do. Any white person who knows their history from just the past 50 years would know that it’s justified. Our pain and frustrations are justified. It’s 2015 and we are still having this discussion. We still have to fight for our rights. We have to fight to live. We have to fight every day, survive every fucking day. It’s 2015 and black kids can’t go to school without racial discrimination.

The only time white people bring up BLM is when they’re saying they’re the cause for a 9-year-old to be led into an alley to be shot and killed. This is usually after they have to post their numbers and stats about “black on black” crime. Not realizing that it’s steadily on the decline and has been for the past 50 years, but they don’t want to hear that. BLM when it fits their biased agenda. BLM when tragedies like Paris happen and what I mean by that:

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White Privilege

Ah yes, that again. Get over it. Anyway…

Many working-class people do believe in white privilege. There is no such thing as “reverse racism” because one cannot be racist against whites in a white supremacist system – racism requires racial privilege, but more on that later. Here’s something white people should read: ‘When Affirmative Action Was White‘.

We’ve had it pounded into us that dark skin is ugly, dirty, evil. We’ve been told that our nappy hair is ugly and that we should straighten it. I equate black pride with encouraging girls to study STEM. Whites don’t need pride because there isn’t a constant barrage of messages, covert and overt, indicating that there is something wrong, or inferior, with being white. We have black people bleaching their skin all across Africa because of European ideals and how there’s nothing but white people being thrown in your face on television and advertisements. They define what beauty is. They define EVERYTHING! No one should be made to feel that the vessel they walk around in is inferior, or subject to someone else’s will, or has to conform to some societal norm.

We have to put up or shut up. We have to suck it up. We have to build all the bridges to get over shit, but not them. Slavery wasn’t that long ago, but we have to get over that while we’re forced to not forget 9/11. We have to watch the world cry and make everyone around us feel important, take racism in stride and get good grades and not protest when there’s nothing being done about blatant racism. The white terrorists of this country get more sympathy than us. They get to go to burger king and take snapshots with the cops. We get shot and killed or mysteriously hung. White people are the biggest terrorist threat in the U.S.

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As black people, we already have enough to deal with. We can’t live our lives like white people can. They can worry about having hockey shoes for little Timmy’s tryout. We have to worry about getting shot just for walking up the street. There are things I have to remind my fiancé that a white man does not. There are lessons I have to teach my black children that white people do not. We live in two different worlds on the same fucking planet.

Everything in America is already “pro-white” you don’t need a fucking label. The KKK still runs like an organization because they hide behind the “Christian values” tripe and America as a whole hasn’t done a damn thing about them. They. Are. Terrorists. But we’re supposed to be okay with that. We’re “grasping at straws” or we’re “just the typical angry black person”. There are always excuses to cover the white man’s ass.

We don’t even have a black-owned hospital. We don’t own shit! But we started being pro-active about being pro-black and all of sudden, we’re racist?! We’re hypocritical?! We don’t need white people to tell us about black issues. We get it, we know we have a problem within ourselves. The part white people don’t seem to grasp is that they have contributed. We get that while we’re busy chemically assaulting our bodies through perms, relaxers, and bleach, white people are plastic bombing their asses and injecting toxins in their faces; staying in tanning beds longer to get darker. Cultural appropriating everything that is black. Their excuse: “We think it’s cool!” That shit ain’t cool, but if we bring that up, once again we’re racist, we’re assholes, we’re ANGRY. Our natural bodies aren’t something to try to emulate. We don’t have shit as it is and we can’t even keep what we DO have.  We don’t have our language, our own history outside of slavery, our own culture. It was all taken from us the moment we were shipped here. We are trying to get us back.

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Black people as a whole: Y’all are getting real forgetful and a bit too forgiving.

Everybody wants to be a nigga, but don’t nobody want to be a nigga. -Paul Mooney

We have to make places designated for black people because we are not wanted or needed in white spaces. We are used as the token black friend more than I am willing to accept. Whether we see it, or not. We are used as targeting practice, we are being used as the go-to when white people need to feel better about themselves. You want to talk to ME about “pro-white”?! You can get the fuck out of my face. We live in a place where white people can be black, but black people can’t be white. That one-drop rule is a bitch.

I’m not finished, but this should be enough, for now.

The Ten Commandments of Atheism/Guest Author

by Raven Burnes

Last night I went to my very first Atheist gathering.  It was with Atheists United, San Fernando Valley Meetup in Los Angeles County. I really didn’t know what to expect, but it was great. The discussion was intelligent and everyone there had an amazing sense of humor. Before the meeting ended, we voted on the topic for the next meeting. One of the ideas, which got rejected, was “what would the 10 commandments of atheism be?” Since the idea intrigues me, I’ve decided throw my hat in the ring and offer the following.

The Ten Commandments of Atheism

  • Thou shalt have no God, gods, nor woo-woo superstitious clap-trap before thee, as thou hast a brain.
  • Thou shalt accept nothing on faith, nor hope, nor desire alone.
  • Thou shalt think for thyself, relying not upon the inherited beliefs, nor the cultural superstitions, of thy kinsmen.
  • Thou shalt subject all manner of statement and belief to rigorous contemplation, testing all things with logic, evidence, and clarity of thought.
  • Thou shalt love, honor, and care for all human, animal, and plant life – and all that which dost support it – if thou dost desire peace, joy, and longevity in the land.
  • Thou shalt balance the desires of thy animal flesh with the longings of the elevated consciousness which thou hast acquired – for thou art an evolved and evolving being.
  • Thou shalt enjoy and honor every day as a day to sanctify it, as thy days are surely numbered.
  • Thou shalt respect the laws of the land in which thou dwelst, unless such laws do violence to the freedom, happiness, and honor of any living creature, and until such time as such offending laws be discarded through legal process.
  • Thou shalt speak not of a literal hell, nor inflict such primitive and shameless implements of fear upon thy fellow creatures – especially thine own young – lest thou be thought a fool, yes, even a manipulative twit.
  • Verily I say unto thee: thou shalt respect all manner of diversity among thee, as such behavior is the mark of intelligent beings.

So, those are mine. What would your “ten commandments” be?

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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)

Photo source: Casey Kanode

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.