Thursday, February 23, 2012


Mandisa Thomas is founder of Black Nonbelievers, an Atlanta-based group of atheists. Religion News Service photo by Bob Mahoney.

Topics: Ethics, Race & Ethnicity,
Beliefs: Freethought (Atheist, Humanist, Agnostic)
Tags: african-american, african-american atheists, atheist

For atheists of color, ‘coming out’ can be painful

(RNS) Many African-American atheists say that the act of "coming out" as nonbelievers in their community is to risk everything -- friends, family, business ties -- even their racial and cultural identity. By Kimberly Winston.
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Blacks say atheists were unseen civil rights heroes

Why is Martin Luther King, a Christian, remembered by so many for his contributions to the civil rights movement while A. Philip Randolph, an atheist, is honored by so few? That is a question many black nonbelievers are asking this Black History Month. By Kimberly Winston.
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Pastor poised to be first black to lead Baptists

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) After months of urging from other Baptists around the country, the Rev. Fred Luter confirmed he is running to be the first African-American president of the predominantly white Southern Baptist Convention. Several Baptist leaders said Luter becomes the prohibitive favorite for the post. By Bruce Nolan.
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Grief without God is a challenge for nonbelievers

(RNS) If you're an atheist who loses a child or loved one, there's no hope of a reunion in the afterlife. The absence of the comfort of religious ritual is one of the hardest adjustments for unbelievers, leading some nonbelievers to craft support groups and resources for grief without God. By Kimberly Winston.
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Sketches of famous black atheists

(RNS) Sunday's (Feb. 26) ``Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers, will include a remembrance of African-American atheists of the past. Here's a list of some famous (and not-so-famous) black nonbelievers. By Kimberly Winston.
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