Call for Participants: News Story about Nonreligious Community

A national television news magazine is researching a story idea about the rise in the non-religious population in America. We are looking to connect with people who have left religion and are interested in sharing their conversion stories. Particularly, we are interested in speaking with people who have been ostracized or outcast by family and/or friends as a result of their decision. We hope to be able to speak with family members as well about this experience. 

If you or someone you know is interested in being interviewed for this story, please e-mail your name, a few sentences detailing your story and contact information to nbcnonbelieversproduction [at] gmail [dot] com. Thank you!

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Comment by Leonard Francis on October 29, 2012 at 6:10pm
Hi...My name is Leonard Francis. I live in the south. Born and raised in Beaumont,Tx and lived here all of my life. I'm a black male that has grew up in a very serious religous life stlye. My parents are concidered non denominational. They believe in cathing the "HOLY SPIRIT" and speaking in toungs. They have very strict beliefs as far as God is concerned. I grew up beings told to go to GOD for any and everything I need in life no matter what.
 
 
The thing is I grew up very sucidal as a child and am still very sucidal to this very day.  I've always questioned the existance of GOD and thought something seems to be wrong with the whole God aspect. Being black from the south and having tides with GOD is a very serious thing. Everyone I knew was into the GOD thing and it was considered very "SINFUL" to have any doubts or suspicions about God in any way what so ever.
 
I was taught that GOD is everything and that I should do everything possible to please him in order to live a good life. The problem was that I never really was ever happy in life and I thought that if there is a GOD...he doesn't want anything to do with me. Everything I tried went wrong and things never worked out  for me no matter how hard I prayed. The advice I'd get was that I'm not "praying well enough" or I don't have enough faith. My argument was "how can I have faith in something when everything always goes wrong". They'd say I must be doing something wrong.
 
After a while I just stopped believeing in GOD all together and wasn't afraid to express my beliefs. When I did this people would look at me like I was pure evil and laugh at me because I didn't share the same views as everyone else. they made me feel very alienated and really shows no remorse toward how they seem to make me feel just because I don't believe in GOD. Becuse I dont share the same viewa or dont pray.
 
I'm always faceing homelessness and I have sever back problems that prevent me from working. They say its because I dont believe in GOD. My own parents have put me out there home once because Ive spoken my mind. No one can accept me for me and its hard.
 
The only people who has accepted me are complete strangers who happen to be atheist too. ID LOVE TO SHARE MY STORY ABOUT GROWING UP IN A RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND AND HAVING THOSE SO CALLED "HOLY PEOPLE" TURN THEIR BACK ON ME. HOW I WONT PLAY WITH WHAT I BELIEVE IN JUST TO FIT IN. HOW ALONE I FEEL IN LIFE. HOW ID RATHER JUST DIE N GET IT OVER WITH
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.....I HOPE I AM SELECTED
 

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