One of the victims of last night’s shootings in North Carolina was 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat (below, left):
If You’re Looking for a Positive Way to Respond to the Chapel Hill Shootings, Here’s One Way to Help
Our latest podcast guest is Noelle George, founder of Secular Avenue. Noelle is a secular activist interested in making a tangible difference in the world, rather than simply arguing about religion behind a keyboard. She founded the SECULAR Center in Houston and is the Director of Special Projects for Foundation Beyond Belief (a group I [Read More...]
What happens if you come out as an atheist or LGBT and your parents kick you out of the house? What if you’re trying to leave an abusive relationship but your entire social network is contained within your church?
There are resources out there for people who need a safety net, but they’re often faith-based.
But there’s finally a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people without religion get the help they need. It’s called Secular Avenue:
We often talk about how churches provide community — I think they’re great at it — and we’ve seen atheists attempt to replicate that (sans the whole God thing). But this is a practical approach to a very serious problem. This will help the people in our secular world who need it the most, at a time when there are very few others they can rely on.
I asked Noelle if she would answer some questions about the group and our conversation is below:
Group President Eric Jayne just got a thank you note from the hospital. It reads like a typical form letter until you get to the second paragraph…