Being an atheist in America is tough. Being a black atheist is even tougher. Remember a couple of years back when comedian and self-styled relationship expert Steve Harvey launched into an ignorant diatribe against atheists? I’ll bet his remarks had a familiar sting to the black unbelievers who heard them.
I stumbled across a short article at MadameNoire.com that asks the question “Would you date an atheist?” The writer makes the sad but safe assumption that the vast majority of readers would NOT be atheists. At any rate, this article sparked some fierce debate. The bigots came out of the woodwork (one swore “I wouldn’t even have a cup of coffee with an atheist”). But there were also a few black atheists who left impassioned pleas for the black community to abandon religion and embrace reason.
I’d love to hear from black atheists about their experiences.