What is your current identification (atheist, agnostic, etc.)?
What is your cultural/religious background (i.e. were you raised in a religious household)?
How has atheism or freethought shaped your world view as an African American?
As an atheist/freethinker what are some of the main issues you’re concerned with?
How can atheism and/or secular humanism be promoted to appeal to larger numbers of African Americans?
If you are an “out” atheist what has your experience been with black family and community members?
If you are “closeted” what are some of the main issues that keep you from revealing your “orientation”?
If you have children how have you (or will you) negotiate their upbringing with regard to organized religion? Have you had any experiences with religious folk that reflect this difficulty?
Does religion have any role to play in African American cultural life and communities? On a scale of 1-5 (1=tolerant, 5=intolerant), how tolerant are you of organized religion’s role in African American cultural life and communities?
What are some reasons African American women should question and/or forgo organized religion?
How can atheism and/or secular humanism aid African Americans in developing a moral outlook on life and the world?
What role does atheism have in politics? For example, are you involved in advocacy efforts or groups that address separation of church/state issues?
What kind of visibility would you like to see from black atheists/agnostics/freethinkers in the African American community?
If you have traveled and/or lived in other areas have you noticed any regional differences in acceptance or “tolerance” of black atheists?
Have you noticed any regional differences in the numbers of black atheists who are out of the closet (more on the East Coast vs. West Coast, etc.)?
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