In 2015, BloombergView reported concerning the:
|“||According to a much-discussed 2012 report from the Pew Research Center on Religion and Public Life, only 3 percent of U.S. atheists and agnostics are black, 6 percent are Hispanic, and 4 percent are Asian. Some 82 percent are white. (The relevant figures for the population at large at the time of the survey were 66 percent white, 11 percent black, 15 percent Hispanic, 5 percent Asian.)
...Craig Keener, in his huge review of claims of miracles in a wide variety of cultures, concludes that routine rejection of the possibility of therepresents an impulse that is .
In the United States, blacks have the highest rate of religiosity.Among Hispanics, religion has traditionally played a significant role in daily activity.
At the same time, due to immigration,is expected to become in the 21st century (See also: and ).
Thedeclared “If mainstream freethought and continue to reflect the narrow cultural interests of white elites who have disposable income to go to conferences then the secular movement is destined to remain marginal and insular.”
The atheist community has not had significant outreach to racial minorities within thewhereas Christians have done this (particularly among the poor). See also:
In 2010, an atheists' conference was organized in theconcerning the future direction of the atheist movement and 370 people attended. The conference, sponsored by the Council for Secular Humanism, drew members from all the major atheist organizationsin the United States. The described the attendees as "The largely white and male crowd — imagine a convention, but older..."
Survey data and website tracking data of prominent atheists' websites indicate that in the, . These findings suggest that the atheist movement in the and the movement are significantly more appealing to white males.
In 2011, Beliefnetnews reported concerning the race and gender of American atheists:
|“||From the smallest local meetings to the largest conferences, the vast majority of speakers and attendees are almost always white men. Leading figures of the atheist movement —
, , and — are all white men.
But making atheism more diverse is proving to be no easy task.
Surveys suggest most atheists are white men. A recent survey of 4,000 members of the Freedom from Religion Foundation found that 95 percent were white, and men comprised a majority.
Sincea majority of the most prominent and vocal defenders of the position which employs methodological naturalism have been and (see also: ). 's book The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life has been translated into 35 languages.
In terms of its geographic distribution,is a much more a than most, if not all, religions (See also: ). The has been translated into 518 languages and 2,798 languages have at least some portion of the Bible.
Collectively speaking, the Christian community has a much greater degree of linguistic and cultural diversity than the atheist community (see also:).
See also:and and
On October 9, 2014, the atheist Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson declared:
|“||Despite frequent tokenistic calls for “diversity” within the “movement,” there are virtually no people of color in executive management positions in any of the major secular, atheist, ororganizations —notable exceptions being Debbie Goddard of Center for Inquiry and Maggie Ardiente of American Humanist Association. People of color are constantly bombarded with claims of separatism, reverse discrimination, and “self-segregation” when they point to the absence of social justice, anti-racist community organizing, coalition-building, and visibility among secular organizations. After the Washington Post article, the vitriol and denialism among the “We are All Africans” white atheists was off the chain. This illustrates yet again that sticking a few of us on conference panels or secular boards is nothing but cheap appeasement.||”|
Atheist Sikivu Hutchinson wrote:
|“||The recent merger of the secular organization(CFI) and the (RDF) has been dubbed atheism's supergroup moment. Acknowledging the two organizations' outsized presence in the atheist world, Religion News Service acidly declared it a "royal wedding". The partnership, which gives Richard Dawkins a seat on the CFI board, smacks of a vindication of Dawkins' toxic, reactionary brand of New Atheism. As one of the most prominent global secular organizations, CFI's looks right at home with RDF's and staff.||”|
Thedocument Human Manifesto II, which was written in 1973 by and Edwin H. Wilson, decried racism and it declared:
|“||The beginnings of police states, even in democratic societies, widespread government espionage, and other abuses of power by military, political, and industrial elites, and the continuance of unyielding racism, all present a different and difficult social outlook. In various societies, the demands of women and minority groups for equal rights effectively challenge our generation.||”|
interviewed the African-American atheist and the host of the interview said:
|“||...for a couple of centuries, African-American culture has been imbued with
. The church figured prominently in both the and movements. And today in many communities, the Christian church continues to be the nucleus of black life.
So, what about the black nonbelievers? It's one isolating experience, according to Jamila Bey.
See also:and and
In June 2014, Sikivu Hutchinson wrote in the Washington Post that atheist organizations generally focus on church/state separation and creationism issues and not the concerns the less affluent African-American population faces.Hutchinson also mentioned that church organizations do offer significant help to poor African-Americans.
Also, according to a video posted atstorefront churches provide assistance to local residents including women, and this partly explains the dearth of Hispanic and African-American women atheists in America (Atheists give less to charity than Christians).
In 2014, the atheist Chris Hall wrote in an article which was published by Salon magazine and Alternet:
|“||Direct challenges to racism and sexism haven’t traditionally been the domain of the large organizations likeor the Secular Coalition for America. It’s been far more typical to fight incursions against separation of church and state or educate against pseudoscience like .||”|
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In the, by the year 2050, 30 percent of the population is expected to be non-white. In the United States, the Hispanic population is expected to triple by the year 2050 and become 30% of the United States population. Daily News reported in an article entitled White Europeans: An endangered species? that "Without a major shift in the current fertility trends, industrialized Europe will see its native population decline by about three-fourths over the 21st century."
In 2014, the Pew Research Forum indicated that Europe will go from 11% of the world's population to 7% of the world's population by 2050 and thatwill go from 15% of the world's population to 25% of the world's population.
See also:, and
The formerhad a worldwide expansionist policy as far as spreading atheistic communism. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 led to a spike in religious affiliation, both in and in Eastern Europe.
The currentmostly resides in (particularly China) and in secular Europe/Australia primarily among whites. See: and
The atheists in the Western World and East Asia have not had significant outreaches to spread atheism throughout the world. Historically, Christians have made great evangelism efforts to reach every people group across the earth. In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western World Christians as there were Western World Christians.Doing overseas evangelism/outreaches, often requires significant hardships/persecution and Western atheists and East Asian atheists have been unwilling to endure such hardships in order to spread atheistic ideology (see: ).
In the, atheists are in the minority (See: ). And in the United States and , the general population looks very unfavorably on atheists (see: ). In the United States/Canada, atheists are generally white.
Sincea majority of the most prominent and vocal defenders of the evolutionary position which employs methodological naturalism have been atheists. The errant and ill-founded writings of atheist (see: , which became very influential in the late 19th century, provided a pretext for .
refers to a philosophy based on Charles Darwin's evolutionary theory. It assumes that men have continually evolved, and thus some races are more evolved than others. It replaces with the "survival of the fittest" ideology of .
Charles Darwin wrote in his work:
|“||At some future period not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes...will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest Allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as the baboon, instead of as now between the Negro or Australian and the gorilla.||”|
The atheistwas a virulent evolutionary racist. The and staunch evolutionist admitted the following:
|“||was the chief apostle of evolution in .... His evolutionary racism; his call to the people for racial purity and unflinching devotion to a "just" state; his belief that harsh, inexorable laws of evolution ruled human civilization and nature alike, conferring upon favored races the right to dominate others; the irrational that had always stood in strange communion with his brave words about objective science—all contributed to the rise of .—Stephen J. Gould, "Ontogeny and Phylogeny," Belknap Press: Cambridge MA, 1977, (pp.77-78).||”|
When asked in an interview, "If we do not acknowledge some sort of external [standard], what is to prevent us from saying that the[extremists] aren’t right?", replied, "What’s to prevent us from saying wasn’t right? I mean, that is a genuinely difficult question, but whatever [defines morality], it’s not the . If it was, we’d be stoning people for breaking the ."
The interviewer wrote in response, "I was stupefied. He had readily conceded that his ownposition His intellectual honesty was refreshing, if somewhat disturbing on this point."
Evolutionary racism still exist today. For example,was recently directed at . The historic taint of white evolutionary racism within the white atheist community no doubt has been a factor which has hindered the adoption of atheism in the Western World among racial minorities. Leading organizations such as , and the commonly point out the evolutionary racism that has existed within the evolutionary community.
|“||Whilewas common to all civilizations, as well as to peoples considered uncivilized, only one civilization developed a moral revulsion against it, very late in its history…not even the leading moralists in other civilizations rejected slavery at all…. Moreover, within , the principle impetus for the abolition of slavery came first from very religious activists – people who would today be called ‘the religious right.’…this story is not ‘ ’ in today’s terms. Hence it is ignored, as if it never happened.”||”|
The Christian abolitionistwas the father of , Bishop of who took part in the famous vs. with evolutionist in 1860. In the United States, the black church has been a major force in advancing the cause of racial equality.
Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa is an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics. Dr. Kanazawa publishes a blog on the Psychology Today website called The Scientific Fundamentalist.
In 2011, Dr. Kanazawa published the following inappropriate comment which was later pulled by the Psychology Today website:
|“||It is very interesting to note that, even though black women are objectively less physically attractive than other women, black women (and men) subjectively consider themselves to be far more physically attractive than others.||”|
Kanazawa has a "Savanna principle" hypothesis which speculates that societal problems are due to the human brain supposedly evolving in Africa hundreds of thousands of years ago in a very different environment from modern society.
The, formerly known as the World Church Of The Creator, is an organization. The movement has denounced , as it purports to promote for all of mankind. It denounces religion for bringing horror into the world by dividing the white race.
"As a black atheist, I encounter just as much racism amongst other atheists as anywhere else." - Ijeoma Oluo, The Guardian, October 24, 2015