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Why African Americans are Leaving Religion

Posted by Admin On October - 20 - 2014

African-Americans are significantly more religious compared to the rest of the U.S. population, but a growing number of Afrocentrists, atheists, free thinkers and the LGBT community are steadily increasing each year.

According to the American Religious Identification Survey from 1990 to 2008 the number of blacks without any religious affiliation nearly doubled from 6 to 11 percent, and continues to riseannually. There are several reasons as to why Blacks are abandoning their religious beliefs, from historical justification of slavery and social issues such as same-sex marriage to mistrust of leadership.

As African Americans leave religion they are often confronted with the idea of how to share their newfound beliefs with family and friends.  The black community as a whole typically frowns upon its members that don’t acknowledge a religious affiliation, in particular the Black church. As many have discovered, revealing your thoughts and feelings to others can be a daunting task.  Some describe the experience as feeling ostracized as they have witnessed family members and friends who no longer speak to them.  Others experience harassment and humiliation from being shunned and told they’re “going to hell”.Nevertheless, as some turn to atheism and agnosticism others are choosing to become spiritual as an alternative.

A number of African Americans are turning to traditional African faiths such as Voodoo, Orisa Worship and the Ausarian Society, to name a few.  Ka-Maat, a new spiritual practice for African Americans created by popular hip hop historian and activist Sean XLG Mitchell is rapidly gaining popularity among many seeking religious alternatives.  Sean states “just because you walk away from religion doesn’t mean you’re walking away from God. In fact, since I left religion twenty years ago I’ve become more spiritually conscious, I’ve established a closer relationship with the Creator and I’ve been blessed ever since”.

In describing the differences between spirituality and religion, Sean states “the obvious differencesare there’s no weekly service to attend, Holy book to read, tithes to pay or leaders to follow.  We believe all people are capable of leading themselves by learning to make responsible decisions.  In short, being spiritual is all about living a positive and conscientious lifestyle in serving the Creator because we believe that action speaks louder than words”.

About The Book:

“Introduction to Ka-Maat: A Spiritual Practice for African Americans and People of African Descent” by Sean XLG Mitchell is published by ALB Management Group and is available in paperback and eBook at Amazon.com.

ISBN-10: 1502831163

ALB Management

Email: albmngt@gmail.com

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