Well, it has been a year since I last visited. During the course of that year I've had a chance to reflect upon 'religion' and it's effects personally. It has been a trying year of tough decisions, health issues and familial concerns.
After studying the 'atheist, humanist, free thinker' scene (on-line via Facebook and other social media) I made somewhat of a retreat back into the world of traditional religion. A relapse as it were. I don't know what it was but 'organized' religion had a mesmerizing hold on me. This was after a full diet of washing down books by Hitchens, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Dawkins & Dennett; videos of Sam Harris, AC Grayling; Michael Shermer and Dan Barker and others. I wondered whre in th blue blazes might I fit in this austere world of great thinkrs ad philosephers?
One thing that concerned me, rubbed my craw was the fact that I saw no African Americans stepping up to any discernable degree. Save for the Ethiopean Ms. Ali there seemed a unseen Jim Crow 21st century medium. Culturally it is probably a waste land fill with virtual land mines for African Americans. Particularly with the 'black' church being at perhaps its zenith in terms of popularity. A wasteland where Mega churches abound and storefront churches popping up on the urban landscape like reddened boils on an infected butt!
Are there any African American free thinkers? Hmmm....