Atheists in Kenya

Atheists in Kenya Continue to Fight w/ Harrison Mumia

Harrison Mumia is the President of Atheists In Kenya (AIK), the most vibrant atheists movement in Kenya.

Atheists In Kenya's mission is to promote the growth and interaction of atheists in Kenya. Harrison has debated at numerous forums in Kenya including the University of Nairobi debate, titled "Does God Exist?".

He has extensively written articles about atheism, religion and secularism both in Kenyan print and on the atheists in Kenya website, as well as google groups and blogs. He has been featured on the BBC, CNN as well as  NTV, KTN, Nation FM, QFM, Family Radio and KBC, which are all mainstream TV and Radio stations in Kenya, discussing issues revolving around secularism, atheism and religion in Kenya. 

Born in 1978, in Nairobi, Harrison Mumia completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2003 at the Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya. He is currently working with the Central Bank of Kenya as a Corporate Communications Manager. 

Through his experience as a leading atheist in Kenya, Mumia has worked together with local secular groups to push for a total separation of religion and state in Kenya. His articles have elicited public debate in the areas of religious education in public schools, preaching in public space especially in public transport vehicles and the authenticity of miracles by religious leaders. Inspired by atheists like Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, Mumia is committed to promoting secularism in Kenya.  

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.

God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction w/ Dan Barker

Dan Barker Joins us on the "Mythicist Milwaukee Show"

Dan Barker is the current co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. He is the co-host of Freethought Radio, a national weekly talk show. He is a contributing editor of Freethought Today and is involved with the Foundation’s state/church lawsuits. He regularly travels the country and the world giving lectures, performing concerts, and participating in debates with theists, many at college and university campuses.

His new book is entitled: “God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction” where he showcases how the Abrahamic God’s primary qualities are clearly: jealous, petty, unforgiving, bloodthirsty, vindictive—and worse!

This witty, well-researched book suggests that we should move past the Bible and clear a path to a kinder and more thoughtful world.

During this podcast interview Dan explains how the idea of his new book originated from a project that he and Professor Richard Dawkins were partnering on. He explains the major court cases that FFRF are currently working on and some of their major wins. We discuss how the Atheist’s in Kenya organization were turned down by the Kenyan government because of concerns that their registration could affect the "peace and good order" in the country. We discuss how Dan met his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and why FFRF sued Barack Obama.

Dan Barker will be speaking at the Mythinformation Conference III in Milwaukee, Wisconsin about his new book, "God: The most unpleasant character in all fiction" and performing his original songs live. 

Atheists In Kenya w/ Harrison Mumia

Harrison Mumia joins us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

Harrison Mumia is the President of Atheists In Kenya (AIK), the most vibrant atheists movement in Kenya.

Atheists In Kenya's mission is to promote the growth and interaction of atheists in Kenya. Harrison has debated at numerous forums in Kenya including the University of Nairobi debate, titled "Does God Exist?".

He has extensively written articles about atheism, religion and secularism both in Kenyan print and on the atheists in Kenya website, as well as google groups and blogs. He has also made several appearances on NTV, KTN, Nation FM, QFM, Family Radio and KBC, which are all mainstream TV and Radio stations in Kenya, discussing issues revolving around secularism, atheism and religion in Kenya. 

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Born in 1978, in Nairobi, Harrison Mumia completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2003 at the Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya. He is currently working with the Central Bank of Kenya as a Corporate Communications Manager. He is also pursuing a Masters in Corporate Communications at the Daystar University.

Through his experience as a leading atheist in Kenya, Mumia has worked together with local secular groups to push for a total separation of religion and state in Kenya. His articles have elicited public debate in the areas of religious education in public schools, preaching in public space especially in public transport vehicles and the authenticity of miracles by religious leaders. Inspired by atheists like Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, Mumia is committed to promoting secularism in Kenya.  

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.

Atheists in Kenya

Harrison Mumia President of Atheists in Kenya

Harrison Mumia
President of Atheists in Kenya

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.

President of Atheists in Kenya, Harrison Mumia, with Mythicist Milwaukee co-founder and president, Sean Fracek.

President of Atheists in Kenya, Harrison Mumia, with Mythicist Milwaukee co-founder and president, Sean Fracek.

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.