A Story Worth Sharing – Regardless of Your Personal Beliefs – Guest Post by Asilee Barnes

For centuries, African-American culture has been significantly influenced by the black church and the Christian faith. So being both black crand atheist can be a lonely and isolating experience for most. I’m a witness to how people can be so unforgiving towards atheists. My family, has given me until December, 2013 to find my son and I a place to stay as I cannot stay with her under her roof because I am an atheist. Things haven’t changed, I’m still jobless and December is coming in fast.

Take a look at this video that debates how black non-believers are treated in their communities. How the way they were raised affected them deeply

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjNNPf0PMQ8

  • Less than one-half of one percent of Blacks identify themselves as atheists.
  • 80% of Black Americans say religion is VERY IMPORTANT in their lives, compared to only 50% of U.S. adults. In fact 3/4ths of Black Americans who are unaffiliated with any particular faith say religion plays a somewhat important role in their lives. Over half report attending church service at least once a week, more than 75% report praying daily and almost all indicated that they are ABSOLUTELY certain that God exists.
  • Blacks are the most likely to interpret the Bible as the literal word of God; and 83% express a belief in angels and demons.
  • Blacks express a high degree of comfort with religion’s role in politics and half feel there have been too few expressions of faith by politicians.

Minority within a Minority

We are a minority with in a minority. I made the blog (blackatheists.wordpress.com) and then the Facebook page to get our voices heard, to help others who may feel that they’re alone. They’re not. We are here and we aren’t going anywhere. Seeing as I lost a cousin when she came out as an atheist. She resided in Georgia and was killed by her peers. The news articles and reports may have said it was because she was black, but I know better.

There has been a few mishaps with the Facebook page along the way, an admin was banned for 5 days due to an image he posted. I can’t remember exactly what the image was about and why it was banned by since then we have toned it down by an invisible standard based on what we feel is not going get us banned. I’m worried about the future of my page due to how easily it is for someone to report a page because there was something on that page that offended them and only them.

Black atheists have a hard time sharing their beliefs with family and friends because the struggle for civil rights was tied so close to Christianity. So blacks who reject god are accused of turning their backs on their history. Not believing in God is seen as a thing for white people. The idea that religious belief fueled the civil rights movement is not entirely true. It only true that churches were the only all-black refuge during Jim Crow. But the story that gets told is, Jesus delivered us. Frankly, it was humans who did all the work; against their will no less.

Why I Protect the Black Atheists Page

Why wouldn’t I?

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Don’t forget to join their page at: https://www.facebook.com/BlackAtheists?ref=br_tf

Author Bio: Asilee Barnes hails from Cleveland, Ohio, where she was born and raised. She is currently 25 years old, with a 2 year old son. She is also a gamer, blogger, IT specialist, and heathen.

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The next post will be from a conservative group who would like to share their views on why their facebook fan pages are beneficial to others.

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6 responses to “A Story Worth Sharing – Regardless of Your Personal Beliefs – Guest Post by Asilee Barnes

  • Kelli Crackel

    I am a white, southern, pagan. I have recently started a page called Supporters for Religious Tolerance for All Religions. Even people who have no religion are welcome to like and post on the page. Come see us. You will not be banned on our page.

  • Steffen

    It’s amazing designed for me to have a site, which is valuable for my experience. thanks admin

  • apanage21 - Arthur Ward

    I think you may like my latest post “Christians Read Your Bibles” – @ apanage21.blogspot.com

  • google

    I have recently started a page called Supporters for Religious Tolerance for All Religions. Even people who have no religion are welcome to like and post on the page. google

  • Rubelyn

    The people you describe are not Christian, they are Christendom. Please understand the difference.

    What is Christendom? Google Christendom definition.

    Valid Reasons for Atheism?
    “The most shocking denial of God’s authority comes from *Christendom’s clergy, who have substituted man-made traditions for pure Bible truths. (Compare Matthew 15:9.) Additionally, they have backed the bloodiest wars of the 20th century, thus rejecting the Biblical command to display genuine love.—John 13:35.” Watchtower December, 1994

    This Watchtower is out of print, but I can email you a copy of it, if you will send me your email address.

    • Edris C

      Christendom is not a word found in the Bible. It is a man made organization. If you want to know what it is, you will need to look to a man made dictionary, or Google it.

      The Bible’s “Christians” stay far away from Christendom.

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