“It’s not easy being an atheist in a theistic world. One time I went to an atheist meeting and there was a guy from Pakistan—big, jovial guy, might have had a Ph.D. in biochemistry—who was an atheist. And as he was talking, I asked him what is it like when he goes back to Pakistan—is he an atheist then? He said, ‘No, no! No, no! I’m a Muslim when I go back to Pakistan.’ I get it, even though I don’t think that America is particularly free. There are certain consequences for being an atheist here as well.
“I’m an African-American, and almost all African-Americans believe in some sort of God—women more so. So, trying to affiliate with an African-American woman and telling her that I’m an atheist is hard. She goes, ‘What is that?’—she doesn’t get it. It’s true even of well-educated women because they were raised in a church. These were people who were enslaved in Africa, brought to the shores of America as slaves, and indoctrinated into the church. So America is not that free, either.”