Shades of Black Atheism #10: Raising Children as Christians, Justin Bonaparte

Justin Bonaparte, a 39-year-old Charlotte resident told me that he “was raised in a nominally Christian household.” He, along with his older brother, attended a K-8 Catholic school, but he feels that was because private school offered them a better education not because his parents sought to further indoctrinate them. [Read more…]

Shades of Black Atheism #9: Performer & Podcaster, Heather Henderson

Heather Henderson is the lead singer for Penn Jillette‘s No God Band and co-hosts two podcasts, Ardent Atheist and Skeptically Yours. She also does a segment called “The News In Religion” for the Skepticality podcast. [Read more…]

Shades of Black Atheism #8: Mythology Lover, Vance Salley

Although 38-year-old Vance Salley of North Carolina is an atheist now, that hasn’t always been the case. With an Islamic father and a Catholic-raised mother, there was confusion growing up. He says now that although he believed in a “higher power,” deist may have been the most accurate description of his beliefs until he reached the age of 15. It was at that time that he became interested in reading about Egyptian, Greek, and Norse mythology. [Read more…]

Shades of Black Atheism #7: Haitian, Former Catholic Emelyne Museaux

Born in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, where only 1% of the population are “nones,” Emelyne Museaux was raised in the Catholic religious tradition, just like the majority of her friends and neighbors. She elaborated on this fact: [Read more…]

Shades of Black Atheism #6: Harlem Native, Regi Metcalf

I’ve been eager to post this interview with Regi Metcalf because he feels quite differently than I do about race and diversity-focused groups. This is, after all, about the “shades” of black atheism. Although most agree that black culture has an especially high level of religiosity, we don’t all agree on how to counter that, or if it’s even necessary to. [Read more…]