Mandisa Thomas, the founder of Black Nonbelievers, stands with her right fist raised in the air and the left hand holding a sign. The sign has the Black Nonbelievers logo, their slogan "walking by sight, not faith", a picture of Thelma "Butterfly" McQueen, and a quote from her saying "As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery known as religion."

Happy Juneteenth!

We wish everyone in the Black community a happy Juneteenth this weekend. Officially recognized as a federal holiday just last year, Juneteenth National Independence Day is a celebration of the emancipation of slaves in the United States (specifically Texas, which was the last state to free slaves) in 1865. Many arguments for slavery during the colonial and post-Revolutionary period of America were faith-based, which meant religious belief influenced and upheld laws that allowed some humans to own other humans. We here at the Secular Coalition for America see the harm such influence can cause and work to maintain the separation of religion from government. It’s an honor to walk by sight alongside Black Nonbelievers and support their mission.

Spreading Happiness

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