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Atheist Group to Launch Hotline Providing ‘Support and Resources to Leave Faith’ [Excerpts]

An international atheist organization is currently collecting funds for a planned telephone hotline that will assist former believers with abandoning their religious faith.

Recovering From Religion (RR), an organization dedicated to assisting people turn away from various faiths, recently announced a brand-new campaign called “The Hotline Project.” According to RR’s website, the hotline will provide 24/7 support for people struggling with the transition from faith to atheism or agnosticism.

“The Hotline will provide trained volunteers to answer a toll-free hotline and provide real time, caller-specific support to each person who contacts us,” the website states. “By providing this Hotline service, Recovering from Religion will be able to help people in their most urgent time of need.”

RR is hoping to raise $30,000 to kick-start The Hotline Project, which will be operated by a “secular support network” comprised of trained volunteers. As stated on RR’s website, the hotline will be an 800 number, which people will be able to call to “get support and find resources as they leave their faith.”

Even though The Hotline Project is a brand new endeavor, RR has been around for several years, assisting and encouraging people to move away from beliefs in God. RR’s website even features a “testimonials” section, where individuals can publicly share personal stories of how RR has helped them in their journeys to nonbelief.

“We are recovering from every imagineable [sic] religion,” their website explains. “Baptists, Mormons, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hindus, Muslims, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, and many more. We are happy, we are healthy, and we warmly welcome you to a life free of the confines of faith.”

In addition to their website, RR has a presence on social media sites. RR’s Twitter feed is full of short messages promoting nonreligion or campaigning for The Hotline Project. Messages on the feed include, “Doubting is hard, you don’t have to go through it alone,” and, “Keep it up. We all know how valuable [The Hotline Project] is. (Expletive) the hate.”