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The Apostasy Project

I’m involved, along with Alom Shaha (author of The Young Atheist’s Handbook) and the fine people at the Rationalist Association, in setting up a new thing called the Apostasy Project.

The Apostasy Project is for anyone who has doubts about their religion, and no one to talk to about it. It’s for people who secretly don’t believe anymore, but think their family and friends will ostracise them if they admit it. And it’s for people who have left, and are now looking for support. A lot of people have suggested something like a survivor group for former ACE students. At the moment, I don’t have time to run one of those, but the Apostasy Project could offer some of the things an ACE survivor group would do.

I’m proud to be a part of it. As Alom puts it, “The project is not about criticising religion but supporting the right to choose what you believe.”

This is the promo video, which has rather a lot of me in it:

There’s a series of apostasy stories on the Rationalist blog. We’re aiming to have former members of every religion on the team, so whatever your religious background, there’s an adviser you can relate to. Currently, there are mainly ex- Muslims and Christians (of virtually every stripe, from me to Catholics, via Jehovah’s Witnesses) offering their stories. Mine is here. If you’re a former member of a religion or denomination not currently represented, I’m sure they’d love to hear from you.

They also need to raise money to build an online community where people can ask questions and receive personal advice from the team of advisers. You can donate here.

ACE in New Humanist magazine: A fundamental problem

My article on ACE schools for New Humanist magazine is now online. There won’t be a huge amount of news in it for long-term readers of Leaving Fundamentalism, but you should still go and leave positive comments there so that the Rationalist Association will let me write for them again. And then I promise I will write something new!

A fundamental problem

Examinations set at evangelical Christian schools in the UK equate evolution with Nazism and teach children that man co-existed with dinosaurs. Some of these schools receive government funding. Jonny Scaramanga, who was educated within this system, argues it must stop.

Read it all here.