Kenya is located in East Africa - an area of the world where pagan sun worship and life itself originated. Over the course of history, the country has known more than 42 different tribes – each with their own beliefs and religious practices. In the 19th century, Christian missionaries began to have a heavy influence on the region and European colonization in the 20th century brought on forced indoctrination of the Africans into the Christian religion.
Today, more than 80 percent of the 46 million residents of Kenya are Christian. The remaining 20 percent of the country is a combination of Islam, Hinduism and traditionalists. And the word “atheist” is one rarely uttered by your average Kenyan.
In Kenya, religious indoctrination and adherence to the Abrahamic faiths is deeply engrained into the culture. Children pray in public schools and orphanages, prayer takes place in the workplace, and Christian beliefs and practices are preached on all of the major Kenyan media outlets on a daily basis. One visit to the country and experiencing the culture may leave the impression that there is no hope for secularism here.
This is where Harrison Mumia and the Atheists in Kenya group come in. Mumia is pioneering the unthinkable. He is taking on the overwhelming task of challenging the religious privilege by promoting secular and humanist values. Mumia and his team are openly secular and have appeared on many of the Kenyan media outlets, including the major newspaper and morning talk shows. They are working hard to bring many of the secular "firsts" to Kenya including the first ever atheist conference, atheist billboards, debates and much more. They are a shining beacon of hope for secular ideals in a country that is grossly indoctrinated into a religion that was forced upon their country.
Sean Fracek, Mythicist Milwaukee president and co-founder, had the pleasure of meeting Mumia in person. “I was very excited and thankful for all that Harrison and his team are doing to bring the topic of secularism to the public eye in Kenya. I am looking forward to partnering with Kenyan Atheists and want to support them any way that I can,” says Fracek. “Our dollar goes so much further in Kenya – so we can make an impact on their entire country for a fraction of what it might cost in the U.S.”
Right now the Kenyan Atheists are in need of funds to continue to bring secular "firsts” to Kenya – including their first-ever atheist conference, an atheist magazine, atheist awareness campaigns and a documentary film. You can help support their efforts at http://atheistsinkenya.com. Also make sure to follow them on Twitter @atheistsinkenya and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AtheistsInKenya.