Black Infidels: Humanism and African American Social Thought

By Sikivu Hutchinson

excerpt from The New Humanist Magazine

During a talk show discussion on relationships last year, radio personality and self-proclaimed dating guru Steve Harvey charged that atheists had no moral values. Anyone who didn't believe in God was an "idiot," he said, and women should steer clear of these rogue blasphemers at all costs. While atheist websites were abuzz with condemnations of Harvey, his tirade went unchallenged by mainstream African American media. Yet his view reflects conventional wisdom about African American communities and faith. Namely, that African Americans are so unquestioningly religious that having any other viewpoint is grounds for "revocation" of one's race credentials. With churches on every corner, religious idioms seamlessly woven into everyday black speech, faith-based license plates ubiquitous in black neighborhoods and black celebs thanking Jesus at every awards event, how could it be otherwise? According to a 2008 Pew Research Forum study, African Americans are indeed the most "consistently" religious ethnic group in the U.S. However, black Humanist scholars like Norm Allen, Executive Director of African Americans for Humanism, and Anthony Pinn, Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at Rice University, point to another tradition. Both have critiqued the exclusion of Humanist influence from appraisals of African American social thought and civil rights resistance. Whilst acknowledging the key role African American Christian ideology played in black liberation, these scholars believe it is also crucial to highlight the influence of Humanist principles of rationalism, social justice, skepticism and freethought...

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Comment by DeSwiss on March 19, 2010 at 8:03pm
Steve Harvey is an idiot and he's not even funny.

And I'm particularly fed up with celebrities (I'm looking at YOU Oprah!), offering their unabashed insight to everyone (unasked!), when they are totally unqualified to do so.

So, Mr Harvey: STFU!
Comment by Reggie on March 19, 2010 at 10:35pm

Comment by Shutch on March 20, 2010 at 10:33am
Thanks Adriana.

Yes, he is a troglodyte, but a lamentably popular/influential one within some AA quarters, which is why it's important to highlight this kind of ignorance.
Comment by Lord Atheist on March 20, 2010 at 10:02pm
Fuck Steve Harvey.

I wonder was he praising God when he was living in his car strung out on drugs. On Larry King Live Steve Harvey said he doesn't even acknowledge Atheists. That's just as worst as being a racist. Again FUCK Steve Harvey.

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