According to Mr. Conservative, the nonprofit organization Recovering From Religion, is trying to set up a new 1-800 Number that would be funded by liberals to convert Christians to atheists! I was outraged when I read that! How could they?
Then I remembered that I am on the Board of Directors of Recovering from Religion, and I didn’t remember the meeting where we decided to only accept donations from liberal individuals. And then I was even more shocked when I looked in the mirror and realized I wasn’t a left-leaning individual either. Have I been bamboozled!
In all seriousness, I am extremely proud of RR’s Executive Director Sarah Morehead. She has accomplished quite a bit during her short tenure. She was interviewed by the Christian Post and made it clear that the hotline will NOT be used to convert anyone to atheism:
“That is not the purpose nor the intent. Responders will absolutely not urge any form of belief or disbelief. In fact, our volunteers will be specifically trained to never debate callers under any circumstances. It’s not our place to do anything but encourage exploration and discovery, and to provide a solid support structure as people reconsider the role of religion in their lives. For many, this is a long process and we will be with them every step of the way.”
Sarah was also interviewed by Dan Merica for the CNN Faith Blog. In it, she discusses how difficult it is for someone who begins to question their faith. How worrisome and stressful doubt can be. How immobilizing the fear of being alienated from friends and family actually is. People should not be forced to go through this struggle alone.
You see my friends; this is why the Hotline Project is being created. It will not be a deconversion line, and the phone operators will not even be allowed to enter into a religious debate. It will be a shoulder to cry on, a conduit through which information will flow, and an avenue where individuals can connect with local support groups. Nothing less; nothing more.
Please join me in donating to the Hotline Project. It’s the right thing to do.