LOS ANGELES (CBS) — In a month when iconic spiritual leaders in the African-American community are honored across the nation, one group wants the world to know that church leaders don’t speak for everyone in the Southland.

Members of Black Skeptics Los Angeles are calling for local “freethinkers” to participate in a national “Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers” aimed at promoting “community and solidarity among blacks in America who identify as non-believers”.

African Americans For Humanism billboard (courtesy

The event set for Feb. 26 is part of an ad campaign by African Americans For Humanism (AAH) planned in Los Angeles and five other major U.S. cities targeting African-Americans who have privately or openly questioned their faith.

The ads are already fueling controversy in Dallas as the campaign made its debut Monday with a billboard reading, “Doubts about religion? You’re one of many.” erected within one mile of several area churches.

Each ad will also feature an image of historic black leaders like social reformer Frederick Douglass or poet Langston Hughes along with a contemporary black atheist.

In its mission statement, African Americans For Humanism said it holds religion responsible for “many of the problems plaguing the African American community” and wants to focus its efforts on “rational and scientific methods of inquiry” that include “positive thinking, the sharing of ideas, and enlightened self-interest”.

In addition to L.A., billboards are also expected to go up in New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Washington DC, and Durham.

Comments (23)
  1. icecream says:

    I am not shocked at the fact that there are atheistic non-believers in God. Non-believers have been around as early an mankind.
    But they will know for sure when thar “Great Day” comes and Our Messiah returns.
    THEN, what will they say ?

    1. TinyT says:

      Smoke another one there icecream. Whatever gets you through the day. Do you believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny too?

    2. Estevan Carlos Benson says:

      Tell your “Messiah” no thanks.

    3. Tynam says:

      “Non-believers have been around as early (as) mankind.”

      Unlike your god, who was invented much more recently.

    4. SujK says:

      Zeus will forgive me, but I don’t think he’ll like you praising Yahweh.

  2. juztees says:

    Romans 14;12= Each of us “will ” render an account or himself to God.
    Hebrews 4;12= The world of God is alive and exerts power.
    Jesus clearly stated ” his true worshippers would be identified through the fruits of the spirit…love…for mannkind and God his father. So yeah, all those who refuse to follow, and obey, they will be be done away with. The time is short and the profecies “are ” being fulfilled. 🙂

    1. Bilbo Teabaggins says:

      @juztees – Using the bible to prove the existence of god is like using a comic book to prove the existence of superman.

      It simply astonishes me that anybody over the age of 4 still believes these fairy tales.

      Extraordinary Claims require Extraordinary Evidence.
      Faith is simply man’s attempt to turn ignorance into a virtue.

  3. Derp says:

    I assume the smug posters here who threaten atheists with the return of the messiah do not believe in Odin, Thor, Zeus or other gods. You’ve offered no evidence that your god is any more believable than those. I find your messiah just as unbelievable.

  4. J.W. James says:

    I was just wondering…the critiques presented seem to focus on Christianity and Islam. What about the Santeria, Candomble or Yoruba religious traditions that many Black folk practice in the U.S. , the Caribbean? I’ve met mathematicians, engineers, etc. who practiced those traditions. Would the same criticisms apply?

    1. D Frederick Sparks says:

      If by same criticism you mean whether the beliefs are rational and substantiated by any degree of evidence, yes. But clearly the broader historical, political and cultural critique would be different given that these religious experiences havent held the same institutional power in the African American experience as Christianity (and to a lesser degree in this country Islam)

  5. Jet says:

    I like how this article only says ‘doubt their faith’, ignoring the people who just never had it and implying that everyone had Christian faith to start with.
    And I am sure atheists would reply to the ‘threatening posters’ mentioned by Derp above with, “Just because you believe you will meet your maker when you die, doesn’t mean YOU will, much less that I will.”

    1. DMG says:

      Those who never had it to begin with might not need outreach in the same way as someone raised in a religious family & community, and coming to terms with the fact that they just don’t believe what everyone they love and trust insists they must.

      So, I think this is just a matter of focusing the message to those who most need to hear that they’re not alone.

  6. Martin says:

    This: …erected within one mile of several area churches.

    Just how is it possible to erect anything in Dallas without being within one mile of several churches?

    Prediction…you (and everyone you know) will wait for your your messiah until the day you die. Don’t forget his return was “promised” before all the apostles were dead.

    Just as it is a waste of time critiquing each of the 30,000+ sects of Christianity, so it is going after these minor faiths. None have any objective evidential support for their deity.

    Learn to spell…”profecies”! And Bilbo has it right.

  7. Chris Phillips says:

    Religion is all stone age / bronze age BS. Get over it and find meaning in life, just life.

  8. ROBERT says: