Atheists Plan Live Hotline for Religious Doubters

Operators will tailor their advice to each caller's needs and even suggest alternative faiths to ease doubters' troubled conscience.

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Atheists already have a Facebook page, a Twitter feed and support groups for their fellow non-believers. Soon doubters who are lying awake at night wondering if there is a God will be able to call a 24/7 hotline run by an atheist group to discuss life’s deepest questions.

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The organization behind the hotline, Recovering From Religion, stresses that the service will not prod every caller towards atheism. Instead operators will tailor their advice to each caller’s needs and even suggest alternative faiths that might ease the caller’s troubled conscience.

In an interview with CNN, Executive Director Sarah Morehead likened the loss of faith to a “coming out” process – slow, confusing, and often stressful for ex-believers and their families. She speaks from experience. Many of the organization’s board members come from — or “out” — of deeply religious households, including one director whose father is the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, the congregation that became infamous for waving anti-gay placards outside of military funerals.

The group is currently seeking $30,000 in donations to fund the hotline, which should be up and running by Thanksgiving.

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6 comments
CrossWinds
CrossWinds

Guilt is a good motivator to help us find the Foot of the Cross, where we see Jesus Christ dying on the Cross for our Sins. There we can make the great exchange. Our sin for Christs righteousness. Don't let the devil sear your conscience, and whisper that it's OK. Everyone does it. God won't send you to hell. You don't need to believe, the devil says. Your good enough, as good as the next guy. Your not a murderer. You've never robbed a bank. Sure you sin once in a while, but who doesn't. Just do a few good things, and it will all square up. You don't need that Jesus stuff, says the Devil. And with a gleaming smile, and evil eye, he slithers away to deceive the next soul feeling guilty..........

CoreyBasden
CoreyBasden

I don't care at all about getting more people to leave religion, I just can't wait for the day that the whole double-standard goes away in this country.

"You're a christian? Perfect!"

"You're a jew\muslim\buddhist\wiccan\hindu\sik? Not everyone is perfect, hehe!" 

YOU'RE AN ATHEIST?  GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY YOU EVIL SATAN WORSHIPING MONSTER! HOW DARE YOU!?!?!?"


Just look last week when that Arizona representative gave a heartwarming but secular message when it was his turn to lead the opening legislature’s prayer and he was condemned and they forced a re-do prayer from a Christian.

FernandaWahab
FernandaWahab

This is cute. Though I declared myself atheist since my last year of high school, the most recent problems in my family became so hard that I struggle not to turn to religion again, more for the placebo it is, to leave it all to a supreme being and think that no matter what you do, things happen for a reason... it's a dangerous thought and I dont' want to go back to that, so I'm glad they'r edoing this. I only keep myself in place because I go to therapy.

lina
lina

Do   you  believe there is God exist? But  sometimes  we just need to find someone or something to lead us when you are down and we can find a way to refresh .

RebeccaMountain
RebeccaMountain

I could have used a service like this when I began to question my religious upbringing. I hope they reach their goal and are able to help others who are questioning their faith.