Why Are You Excited About Foundation Beyond Belief?

Foundation Beyond Belief is a charity for atheists (I’m a board member). Our goals are to focus, encourage and demonstrate humanistic generosity and to support a nationwide nonreligious parent education program.

We’re putting together a promotional video and could use your help:

Make a short video telling why you are excited or intrigued by the concept of Foundation Beyond Belief, what you first thought when you heard about it, or what you hope it will accomplish. Videographer Greg Walsh will incorporate clips into a 60-second video to help spread the word prior to the full launch in January.

All you have to do is say your name (not for video use; just so we can identify you), look into the camera, and let us know your thoughts. Short and sweet is key — we don’t need anything longer than a minute!

Please do not post your videos on YouTube. Instead, send your videos directly to Greg Walsh via YouSendIt.

The deadline is September 7th!

  • Michael Kingsford Gray

    Which ‘nation‘ specifically?

  • http://jonathan-keith.com Jon

    I’m pretty sure you can’t support a nonreligious parent education program when atheism is a religion.

  • Richard P

    when atheism is a religion.

    Atheism is a word.
    Which simply means: disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings.

    That’s it. Sorry to pop your balloon, but we simply use the word to identify that we are people who do not believe in gods. I know it might be hard to swallow that some of us are not slaves to some dogma, but get over it.

  • Richard P

    Foundation Beyond Belief is a US based group so I would imagine he means the USA.

  • Richard P

    I’m pretty sure you can’t support a nonreligious parent education program when atheism is a religion.

    why couldn’t you?

    Are you so intent on making snide remarks you can’t even take the time to think up intelligent ones??

  • ChameleonDave

    Which ‘nation‘ specifically?

    On the internet, when people mention a specific country, they mean that country. When they just say ‘nationwide’, ‘this great country’, ‘World Series’, ‘everyone’, etc., then they are American, and they are talking about America. That’s how it goes.

  • http://deleted Siamang

    I’m pretty sure you can’t support a nonreligious parent education program when atheism is a religion.

    Troll, troll, troll your boat.. gently down the stream.

  • vivian

    When an American says ‘nationwide’ they probably mean in America. When an Englander says ‘nationwide’ they probably mean England. See the pattern?

    But I wouldn’t let your location keep you from sending a video.

  • ChameleonDave

    When an American says ‘nationwide’ they probably mean in America. When an Englander says ‘nationwide’ they probably mean England. See the pattern?

    No, because you invented it. Along with the word ‘Englander’.

    On national TV news, for example, ‘nationwide’ will refer to the country in question. On the internet, which is international, people very often give some indication of what country they are talking about. Americans stand out as feeling exempt from this common-sense practice.

    I’m a Wikipedia veteran. I remember it took a long time to alter the situation whereby an article mentioning a ‘Chinese actor’ would be about a Chinese actor, an article mentioning a ‘British actor’ would be about a British actor, and an article just mentioning an ‘actor’ would be about an American actor.

    The worst thing is that Americans will argue about this until they are blue in the face, instead of just accepting the minor correction.

    In other news: if someone doesn’t understand you on vacation, shout louder in American English.

  • http://www.parentingbeyondbelief.com Dale McGowan

    @Michael and ChameleonDave: Thanks, you are absolutely right. Hemant was using a phrase that I wrote for the Foundation website, and there’s no excuse for me lapsing into that stupid parochialism. The parent ed side includes two different programs, one in the US and Canada, the other online and international — so “nationwide” is inaccurate in both cases.

    I’ll now try to find the several thousand places I put that phrase and fix it. Thanks for the help.


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