7 Amazing Atheists Who Aren't Old White Guys
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And in case you even have to ask at this point: Atheist. Infidel, even. That's the title of her most famous book, Infidel, chronicling her journey out of Islam and into non-belief. As she wrote in that book:
The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.
Important note: This isn't meant to be the seven best women and atheists of color, or the seven most famous, or the most important. Just seven who happened to catch my attention and capture my imagination. Just an almost-random seven... out of the countless others who equally deserve to be recognized and celebrated.
And there are countless others. If I had space here, I could have told you about W. E. B. Du Bois, Wafa Sultan, Kenan Malik, Hubert Henry Harrison, Susan Jacoby, Simon Singh, S.T. Joshi, Hector Avalos, Rebecca Goldstein, Sikivu Hutchinson, Maryam Namazie, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, Diego Rivera ("I am an atheist and I consider religions to be a form of collective neurosis."), Julia Sweeney ("After I stopped believing in God, I realized it was completely up to me to create my own meaning and my purpose was my own."), Arundhati Roy ("[Do you] think that there's a god overseeing [your] life?" " No, I am just like an animal. I have no religion.") .
So when someone tells you that atheists have no morality, no joy, no purpose to their lives, no reason to care about others, no reason to work for the greater good... remember these people. And the next time someone tells you that atheism is a white men's club... remember them. These are the faces of atheism, too. And they are some of the most remarkable faces in our history.