Power to the Apostates

The Apostasy Project, starting by the UK-based Rationalist Association, is kind of like the Clergy Project for all those leaving their faith:

If you are questioning your faith or wanting to leave your religion you need help and support. You may be leaving behind family, friends and community, but where are you going and how do you get there? The Apostasy Project will help by offering guidance and resources and direct access to others who have been through the same experience. When you doubt your faith it can feel like you have nowhere to turn. The Apostasy Project will fill this gap, and offer reliable information and, more importantly, a sense of community. The project is not about criticising religion but supporting the right to choose what you believe.

If you’d like to help them build up resources and a network of advisors, consider donating to the cause.

(via Pharyngula)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Tanner B James

    “The biggest benefit of being an atheist is honesty… it feels
    much more real now, as an atheist.”—Paul Beaumont

    To me this is an honestly that strips away any misconceptions I have of reality and points out any false assumptions/expectations that may be deluding my consciousness. It is an honesty that demands that I am first and foremost skeptical of my own beliefs and thoughts as well as the theistic myth’s that pervade our societies. It demands that I ask of myself, “Are my opinions or positions, of a subject, correct, true and real?” It forces me to ask myself, “Can I see this in a different light or can I ask this question in a different way?” Atheism is curiosity. The more I learn about the world and reality the more I want to know. Atheism is like heroin for the curious intellect, it drives me to explore and enlighten myself to the countless wonders of the natural world. I am addicted to the real.
    I also see that being an Atheist requires a rigorous sense of Accountability. Accountability is like having foresight. Meaning: that before I act upon those thoughts, I must weigh the consequences of my actions against the context of my environment. What ever I do or think I must always ask my self, “How do my actions effect the people or places or things directly connected to my current experience?” Atheism puts me into the world, into time-space, and into the moment I am experiencing. It strips away the imaginary and replaces that with actuality. Atheism informs me that, “In this moment of time and space I am the master of my universe, of my experience, that I am free, to do what I want, when I want, without constraint, without subjugation, without limits, devoid of prejudice and ignorance and that my consciousness is open and awake and ready to experience life as it is right now in this very moment.

    And vodka makes it so much more enjoyable and so much more profound. /lol

  • http://triangulations.wordpress.com/ Sabio Lantz

    Thanx for sharing the link.
    In my job, medicine, I meet clergy often and learn of all sorts of secrets. The cloak of sanctity is silly, but once religion is your job, it is hard to stop the farce.
    Likewise, compartmentalization is amazing to see in drug-reps I know, who live obvious lies when selling their products, yet go home as loving parents. Jobs, livelihood and family cause us all to continue the lies.

  • ortcutt

    People can benefit from voluntary Exit Counseling when leaving socially-favored cults (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, etc…) just as much as they do when leaving socially-disfavored cults.


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