Apostasy Project

The Apostasy Project aims to provide information and support for those thinking about leaving religion.

On this page we outline the problems faced by those who seek to leave religion, how we intend to solve them and why we need your help.

In this 3-minute video some of the Apostasy Project advisors talk about their own experiences

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Lola Tinubu

“I’m grateful that I live in a society that allows me to be free. But I feel sad that people in many communities cannot even start that journey”

—Lola Tinubu

The problem

Many people around the world are suffering because they cannot be honest about their lack of belief in the god of their parents, community or country. They are caught between their desire to live honestly and the fear of losing their loved ones or the support of their community. They might even face violent reprisal. The decision to leave your faith behind can be scary, disorienting and lonely.

Our solution
Jonny Scaramanga

“For me the fundamentalist experience was desperately lonely, but the secular one was even worse, because it involved leaving behind the few friends I did have. I would have been grateful for a place that combined a chance to make friends with a place to discuss important questions.”

—Jonny Scaramanga

Our solution

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.

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief…”

—The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 18
Clive Aruede

“Leaving religion has adversely affected my relationships with family and friends but there is no going back.”

—Clive Aruede

How you can help

Donate now so we can build a stock of resources and a network of advisors to start helping those in need. Without the financial support of the secular community these people will go unsupported. We want to raise £20,000 so we can fully fund the first phase of the project and make sure that these people have the chance to live honest, fulfilling lives, with freedom to believe what they choose.

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Alom Shaha

“Those of us who are free to choose our beliefs owe it to others to provide all the help we can. We want to create a safe place where people thinking about leaving their religion can find the support and resources they need to get through this difficult challenge.”

—Project Coordinator, Alom Shaha

Why we need £20,000

Providing the full-time support and resources we want to takes time and skill, which means, ultimately, money. We want to be able to pay our expert editors to produce high-quality resources – like a “coming out” guide, podcasts and video – we want to be able to staff an email helpline that can provide guidance to individuals, and keep up regular blogging to inform the community about what’s going on, and develop a website for all of this to sit on. We have a team of people from a variety of faith backgrounds – evangelical Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness – ready to share their experiences and support others going through the same issues. But we need your support to make it happen.

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Based in the UK? Donate via text

To donate via text simply text one of the following to 70070

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“I would love to come out as an atheist and I hope I will do, but I need support and someone to talk to”

—Anonymous
Paul Beaumont

“The biggest benefit of being an atheist is honesty. I could say that I’ve been ‘reborn’ again. I said that when I became a Christian and it feels much more real now, as an atheist.”

—Paul Beaumont

Other ways you can help

Making a donation towards our £20,000 target is the most immediate way to help. But we know that for some this is not possible, so we also welcome offers to help out with our work (especially those who have left faiths not yet represented in the project). And please spread the word.

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If you want to help or get involved get in touch at info@rationalist.org.uk

apostasy

noun

The abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief

The decision to leave your religion can be devastating. Not only are you deciding to live without god, you are potentially losing your family, friends and support networks. As part of our new campaign – the Apostasy Project – we present a series of stories from people from different religious backgrounds who have taken a step that can be lonely and painful, but ultimately liberating. With your help we can support others who want to do the same.