Some of us are posting our stories on the Black non believers in Milwaukee Facebook page about what brought us into our present belief system. For me, it was very much my own choice. The few things I read in the Bible seemed ridiculous. Things that no one in their right mind would ever take literally or otherwise as a guide. Ultimately, I ended up falling asleep after reading a few pages. I decided that the was a good idea.
I have gone onto Facebook pages of non believers who encourage others to read the bible and post contradictions and absurdities in it. Our black non believers group has a recent positing from Deuteronomy saying that if a man rapes a woman who happens to be a virgin, he should give her father money and marry her and remain married forever.
Can you imagine following such absurd advice?For the woman, it would be revolting marrying some man who had cornered you in an alley someplace and taken you forcibly. And can anyone imagine a father accepting money from a rapist? I suggested that many men might commit a violent act against their daughter’s rapist. I would sooner throw myself off a bridge.
Apart from the fact, we have rejected the religion of those who owned our ancestors, what binds those who are Black non believers? Are there common threads in our history? I am certain they are out there as we share our stories. For example, one woman mentioned that she was inspired by the book A People’s History of the United States. A man said he had one been involved with the Unitarian Universalists of Kenosha and Racine.