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"Contradiction"­ a documentary by Jeremiah Camara

  • Feb 23, 2014 · 11:00 AM
  • Center for Inquiry - Los Angeles

 "Contradiction" a documentary by Jeremiah Camara in which he travels the country examining the paradox of Black neighborhoods saturated with churches in the midst of poverty, deprivation and despondency. Camara seeks to find if there is a correlation between high-praise and low-productivity.

Jeremiah Camara is an author, international speaker, activist and documentary filmmaker. He is the author of the books Holy Lockdown: Does the Church Limit Black Progress? and The New Doubting Thomas: The Bible, Black Folks & Blind Belief. 

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  • roz h.

    A necessary message for the entire black diaspora. I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to see the film and I hope that there will be additional screenings here in So Cal very soon. I'd certainly see it again. Special "Thanks" to everyone who worked to put the event together. Well done. I enjoyed meeting you all.

    3 · February 24, 2014

  • Gary H

    My concern, which the documentary explores by inference and is emphasized in the title, is the financial exploitation of the lower class and poor neighborhoods. I would much rather progressive atheists focus on that rather then metaphysical questions of the existence of God. I wish there was funding to hire an investigative journalist with accounting skills to follow the money. Poor communities are being fleeced by these reactionary evangelical churches. Meanwhile pastors are getting rich. - Gary

    2 · February 24, 2014

    • Ehren

      How much money clergy should get, how lavish their lifestyles, and how expensive church buildings should be are questions whose answers depend on one's estimation of the efficacy of the clergy person's services. We have no problem posting exorbitant salaries to heart surgeons because they save lives, the hub is stressful, and requires a tremendous amount out knowledge and education. If you believe in faith healing, then maybe you would want the healer to be paid a lot for channeling the Jesus magic.

      2 · February 24, 2014

    • Nathan L.

      Nail on the head, gary. The metaphysical conversation is such a non starter for so many believers. But everybody talks about money.

      2 · February 24, 2014

  • Nicholas A.

    There were a number of things, such as how black women view/use church that was extremely insightful.

    2 · February 24, 2014

  • Ehren

    I learned a lot v and I'm glad I went.

    2 · February 23, 2014


    I saw the documentary In October when CFI showed it but enjoyed seeing it again. Very well done. Gula you are doing a great job and we appreciate you. 8-)

    4 · February 23, 2014

  • Noah W.

    This documentary is very important. I am very glad I got to see it. There are some unique issues to be dealt with within the african american community. I already knew this, but this documentary opened my eyes to a broader understanding of that fact. It's far worse than I imagined! As non-believers this is an area where we certainly have our work cut out for us. I have faith in us though. ;-)

    Gula, I know things didn't go as smooth as you would have liked, but don't let that mess with your head. We're all on your side and you'll get your groove soon enough. All your hard work is greatly appreciated.

    2 · February 23, 2014

  • Dorian Moises M.

    Straight to the point and educational.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • diane h.

    excellent doc. done with good music and humor.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Nathan L.

    Very nice people. Good discussion.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Gary H

    Remember to ask, "Where is the money coming from, who is it going to, and who benefits?" - Gary

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Rosalind M.

    I have been sick for the last three days, but if I am better I'll definitely attend. I think it is the same thing people all over the country seem to be getting. A virus?

    February 17, 2014

    • Michael K.

      Hope you've been feeling better these last few days.

      1 · February 23, 2014

  • Noah W.

    Looking forward to hanging with my peeps again! You all rock!

    2 · February 22, 2014

  • Gary H

    You don't want to miss the documentary. - Gary

    2 · February 22, 2014

  • Gary H

    I really wanted to go to this. It is a very important topic. I've seen the documentary and heard Camara at Center for Inquiry. Incredible. Don't miss it if you don't have to. I feel it is very important that there is an investigation of the economic exploitation of poor communities by these ubiquitous self serving evangelical churches. People concerned about this injustice should be asking, "Where is the money going?" And judging from the appearances of the clientele I see coming out of many of the store front churches, and knowing the rent is at least $1,000 a month, I don't think it's the people in the church pews. We should be asking, "Who is funding this and who is racking in the proceedes? And how do they benefit? I have a conflict tomorrow with a DSA meeting to attend. Do go and ask questions, follow the money. - Gary

    2 · February 22, 2014

  • Aaron

    I'm a maybe

    February 22, 2014

  • Carl

    Will there be Q&A or discussion afterwards? If so, can this be recorded for YouTube?

    1 · February 20, 2014

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