Chapter One: Religion in the Black Community

In addressing the role of religion in the black community, Gorham talks about the way ideas like fear, sex, and submission are used to keep people from speaking (or even thinking) against religion. As an outsider, I always wondered at the mentality of church leaders - how much do you think that they consciously understand this paradigm, and exploit it? Or unconsciously? … [Read more...]

Atheists Books Should Target Specific Faith Communities

In the Introduction, Gorham raises the fact that criticizing black women who remain in the faith is often seen as criticizing black women, period. I've experienced much of the same pushback when I criticize Jainism, the Indian faith in which I was brought up. To say you don't believe in superstitions that aren't just religious, but also deeply rooted in your culture, is to be an outcast in your own world. I'm not sure there's a way around that. When a specific group of people take something … [Read more...]

On to the Introduction!

Any disagreement with Gorham's labels/self-identification? What do you make of the introduction? Was it necessary? Am I the only one who thought it was a bit straw-mannish, even if accurate?   … [Read more...]

The Ebony Exodus Project: The Preface

Two years ago I began writing about free-expression, atheism, and equality. My passion for these issues was aroused by reading works from individuals like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Bertrand Russell, and Sam Harris. Furthering my interest in matters of state-church separation, humanism, and sexuality, came books from Sean Faircloth, Greg Epstein, Darrel Ray, and many more. Books change our perspectives. They force open our collective eyes to injustices, and unbind us from the shackles of apathy. We … [Read more...]

First Post! The Preface of The Ebony Exodus Project

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the Friendly Atheist book club and to our first book, The Ebony Exodus Project. As we gain new members, I’m sure how we do things will evolve: Hemant, Emily and I may be leading the discussion but it belongs to all of us, so feel free to e-mail us at any time with topics you’d like to discuss, comments, or suggestions. We’ll be coming out with some standards over the next week or so to set expectations about how we work our way through the books we read and how … [Read more...]

Friendly Atheist Book Club Begins Later This Week!

This is just a reminder that we're beginning a book club for readers of this site and we'll begin discussing Candace R. M. Gorham's The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women Are Walking out on Religion -- and Others Should Too starting later this week! If you'd like to join us on this endeavor, please register soon! … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Friendly Atheist Book Club!

After months of planning, it's my pleasure to announce a new project that I hope the secular community will enjoy and appreciate: The Friendly Atheist Book Club! Every month, we'll select a book for members of the club to discuss over a series of blog posts and other forms of discussion. We'll talk about the topics raised directly in the book and other tangentially-related themes. Our stellar moderators will guide you through the book and lead a discussion based on your input and their own … [Read more...]