Congratulations to Kim Socha for Writing Such a Liberating Book!

Every now and then I am asked to support the work of other writers and artists, and most of the time I am thrilled to do it when the author or the artist is actively engaged in promoting freedom and ending oppression, domination and abuse. Recently I was asked by Dr. Kim Socha, who is an educator and an activist, to write a blurb for her forthcoming book, Animal Liberation and Atheism: Dismantling the Procrustean Bed, which will be available on Amazon on October 7th, 2014 (published by Freethought House).

About a decade ago, I was a vegetarian, but it was primarily for health reasons; I wanted a healthier diet, which today is a very popular idea to embrace. In recent years, I hadn’t thought much of vegetarianism or veganism, but, after reading the advance copy of Dr. Socha’s book, I must say that I am seriously reconsidering my food consumption habits from a whole new point of view, and with atheism in mind – as an ethical/conceptual framework. Upon receiving the advance copy, I found many similarities between Kim and myself, but I also came to respect her for being a scholar-activist in her own right in spite of the challenges and the hostilities that she has encountered from loyal meat (flesh)-eaters. In addition, I was keenly aware and appreciative of the way in which some academicians and some of us with PhDs are not hiding in the shadows. We are making our ideas and voices heard in the public square and articulating education as “the practice of liberation” (Paulo Freire).

Thank you Kim for giving me and all those who will read your book so much to consider about the narratives and ethics we employ to justify human domination over non-human animals. Although I have much to learn about veganism, I support your efforts to stand up to the myths that have enabled us to do harm to non-human animals in the name of human survival and nutrition. And, I am inspired that you are challenging the treatment of non-human animals as an atheist! Indeed, there are many who cannot fathom that one can be morally good and atheist at the same time, which is often an attitude exhibited by religious narcissists and fanatics who are gripped by fear, paranoia and an unrelenting desire for immortality (when, in fact, most violent and abusive crime in the U.S. – and beyond – is committed by theists).

For those of you who follow my blog, it is without a doubt that I recommend Kim Socha’s bold, new book, and I applaud and stand in solidarity with her for daring to dismantle the myths that have informed and dominated our eating habits to the point where we are not really as free as we think we are. This book is a reminder that liberation is something that we must strive for each and every day for ourselves and on behalf of others, and especially for those who cannot defend themselves against violent, malevolent powers . For more about this book, or to learn about it on Facebook, please follow this link!

© 2014 annalise fonza, Ph.D.

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New Documentary: “A Path Less Taken: From Ministry to Non-Belief and Beyond”

Last year, I had the opportunity to be included in the filming of a thought-provoking video documentary about ex-clergy who are now self-avowed atheists. This documentary, A Path Less Taken: From Ministry to Non-Belief and Beyond, is currently being sold on amazon.com, and it was produced and edited by Dr. Jim Lawrence. If you are interested in actually seeing me talk about my journey to disbelief, then this is a great way to do that. Three others were included in this documentary: Calvin King, Teresa MacBain, and Rich Lyons. Upon receipt of my copy, I personally enjoyed watching each of these ex-ministers elaborate on the thinking and events that brought them, like me, to the point of ending a career as an ordained minister and moving beyond to life that is not guided or dependent upon the belief in a god. Please support this effort. Believer or non-believer, I am confident that you will find the narratives in this video quite compelling and worth the time!

Interview with TRGGR Radio!

If you missed my TRGGR Radio interview from last Friday (June 28, 2013), here is the link. Thanks to Chris, Rec and Whitney for inviting me on the show! I started out with these guys in radio back in 2006 with a Pacifica affiliate. TRGGR Radio now has a weekly program on WMUA in Amherst, MA (an NPR affiliate). Actually, they have been with http://www.wmua.org for about five years! Mostly we talked about last week’s Supreme Court decisions and also the Zimmerman trial. Note that I am on about thirty minutes into the show. Do enjoy. http://trggradio.org/2013/07/02/trggr-radio-moral-mondays-and-the-supreme-court-6-28-2013/

Black Women, Atheist Activism and Human Rights Is Now Published!

Just found out that my latest journal article, “Black Women, Atheist Activism and Human Rights: Why We Just Cannot Seem to Keep it to Ourselves!” is now published and available in Crosscurrents, which you can find at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cros.2013.63.issue-2/issuetoc. If you are not able to access the journal free of charge and you would like a copy, please contact me directly via message and I may be able to help. If you have access to academic databases, or if you are a member of a local library (that may, in fact, have online access to this journal), my article was published in the June 2013 issue, Vol. 63, Issue 2, pp. 185-197. I am so excited! It is not easy for an atheist to publish in a journal that is dedicated to religious thought, and this is my third academic publication since December 2012! Looking back, I doubt that I could have done this had I been teaching full-time at Clark Atlanta University (as I was during the first half of 2012). Well, suffice it to say that sometimes it pays to jump ship when it is clear that the ship is gonna sink. Just saying 😉

Interview with Michael Harriot!

This week I sat down with Michael Harriot who is a writer, and definitely (what I would call) a freethinker! This interview is somewhat long, but it will give you a good sense of who I am and how far I’ve come. Of course, truth be told, I’ve still got a ways to go! Day to day, it’s all about growing and evolving and that’s how I try to live my life. Well, enjoy this podcast and please feel free to share! Here is the link to Michael’s site where you can find the interview: https://www.podcasts.com/the-black-one-with-michael-harriot/episode/24-losing-my-religion.

News Clip from the Springfield Museum Event!

Many thanks to News 22, WWLP, in Springfield, Massachusetts, for covering my Museum lecture yesterday to honor Massachusetts State Representative Benjamin Swan. In addition, thanks to those who came out to support and especially to Hal Swan for being a guest speaker. It was a great event, and I am already looking forward to the next one! La lucha es la vida! http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/local/hampden/rep-ben-swan-honored-in-museum-lecture — at Springfield Museums.

New Book: Black Nones: You Are Not Alone! Is Available

“Black Nones: You Are Not Alone,” edited by Darrell C. Smith is now available. There are many wonderful stories in this collection of stories by black nonbelievers! Look for it at http://www.blacknones.com. Feel free to browse the book project/release for a preview. I am chapter five. Onward and Outward!

Interview with Black Freethinkers – September 2, 2012

Conducted on September 2, 2012, this interview with Black Freethinkers (Chicago) was really fun.  Definitely a highlight of my experiences in 2012.  I hope that you have time to listen.  Enjoy!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blackfreethinkers/2012/09/02/freethought-history–conversation-with-annalise-fonza