Don’t tell Grandma you’re an atheist. You’ll make her pressure go up.
I would like to think that Black people are tolerant, but when it comes to homosexuality and religion I have to say that many Black folk can be very prejudiced. Today I’m dealing with issue 2: religion.
If you say you’re a Hindu or following Buddha, you might as well say that you joined the Klan in some circles. If you say that you don’t believe in a God or divine being at all and you prescribe to Athism…cancel Christmas (no pun). I know people who have had to hide their faith from their families. I know people who’ve followed time-honored faiths like Islam or dabbled in Metaphysics and have been told they are in a “cult”. I also know people who follow traditional African religions like Yoruba and have been told they “worship the devil”.
For many Blacks there is one way…C-H-R-I-S-T. There is no other option. Period.
Don’t try to argue with them. It’s a losing battle. No point you can come up with is stronger than, “I believe in Jesus and the Bible, and that’s all I have to say.” You can’t even bring up the fact that Christianity is the religion of our oppressors or note that the early church approved slavery of Africans and indigenous peoples.
In 1452, Pope Nicholas V issued the papal bull Dum Diversas, granting Afonso V of Portugal the right to reduce any “Saracens, pagans and any other unbelievers” to hereditary slavery. This approval of slavery was reaffirmed and extended in his Romanus Pontifex bull of 1455. These papal bulls came to serve as a justification for the subsequent era of slave trade and European colonialism.
They were giving the “savages” religion so I guess they felt it was a fair trade. We all know it was about greed and conquest not spreading the good news. These justifications were the seeds of slavery which spawned the institutional racism that now exists around the world and of course here in the US. Having faced discrimination here in America, you would think Black people would understand how tolerance is needed.
Let me say, I’m not anti-Christian. I’m not pro any particular religion either. What I am for is respect. We can’t condemn foreign states, fringe movements, military, or other powers when they force their people to believe and worship in a particular way, if we don’t practice racial tolerance here in America. Respect should not have limits and boundaries. No geographic, racial, or religious boundaries. Religion is a choice that in America we are blessed to have.
I am so glad that many of my Black, Christian brothers and sisters have found peace in their salvation and are believers. What I find most troubling is that when those who are called “Christian” are unable to walk in love and compassion when dealing with unbelievers. However, there are many who are able to take on the “mind of Christ” and not discriminate, but engage in ways that honor the principles of their faith.
What do you think about Religious tolerance in the Black community?