African-American Atheists and Forgery in the Holy Land

Jamila Bey was 19 when she told her mother she was agnostic.  Since nearly 90 percent of African Americans believe in God with “absolute certainty,” that didn’t go over very well.  Jamila remembers her mother’s response: “I can’t believe I have a child who thinks that way.” This week, two black atheists talk frankly about why being a non-believer is a cultural taboo, and how that’s beginning to change. From February 2012.
Pictured: Members of Secular Students at Howard University. Mark Hatcher created the group in 2010.
Mark Hatcher, founder of Secular Students of Howard University
Jamila Bey, journalist and host of “SPARring With Jamila: The Sex, Politics and Religion Hour on the Voice of Russia Radio

In mid-March, an Israeli judge acquitted an Israeli collector of forging ancient artifacts. Among them was a two-thousand-year-old old burial box said to contain the bones of James, brother of Jesus.  If real, it would be the first archaeological evidence for the existence of Jesus – physically linking Jesus to another human being. Though the collector, Oded Golan, was cleared of the forgery charge in court, many scholars are still asking questions. Nina Burleigh, author of “Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land”

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