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There are an estimated 15% of the population in the United States that are non-religious; atheists, agnostics, deists, secular humanists, etc. To provide some perspective, that percentage clearly outnumbers blacks and substantially outnumbers the Jews and Muslims. Their voices are seldom heard as a group. Unless my history lessons have failed, I do not recall any wars and conflicts that were started by representatives of this group. I do not recall an abortion clinic being bombed or a doctor murdered by an atheist or agnostic. I fail to recall a suicide bomber that was identified as nonreligious. I am not aware of a non-religious group of people that demands ownership of land, proclaims independence while easily depending primarily on the financial support of another nation, and always on the brink of war. I may be mistaken in stating that there are no indications where the infidels douse the believers with everlasting punishment and torment for refusing to agree with their beliefs. Contrary to what most Christians think, nations with lesser religious influence experience fewer conflicts with other nations and less crime among its citizens. Denmark and Sweden are considered the least religious countries in the world, but enjoy strong economies, low crime rates, high standards of living and social equality. It is very disappointing that the crime rate among blacks in America is high considering we are the most religious race of people in the country. It is interesting that most racists (white supremacist) are very religious. The ills of the universe cannot be blamed on the non-religious.
Considering these assessments, non-religious persons may be more respectful and appreciative of human sanctity. The advent of world peace and sustaining human existence are more probable through the views and attitudes of the nonreligious. However, these assessments leave others to debate the very few positives and even fewer benefits of participating in or adapting to a religion. We do not know precisely why religion exists or why it is so important in the lives of so many people, but it can be rejected. This has guided me, a black man from the south, into writing this book.
My point of focus in this book is on organized religion, primarily Christianity, not matters of altered states of consciousness and spirituality, and why I think blacks in America should strongly and urgently consider disregarding the need. This book, my first, is the result of my revised thoughts regarding religion and its practices. I was compelled to alter my thinking, then my behavior because of the acquisition of information that resonates as truth; that which stands alone. Truth is clarity. To seek the truth, acquire it, and fail to act on it is a travesty. My hope is that during your reading, you will somehow displace emotions with reasonable observation of a presentation of thoughts and some facts worthy of mere consideration. Your opportunity for change, if any, may not be painless and swift but I encourage your embracement.