Off to New York today to do some fun stuff and talk to a couple of groups about my book. See these links:

http://atheists.meetup.com/24/calendar/10071213/

http://www.nyphilosophy.com/calendar/10116269/?action=detail&eventId=10116269

Next week we are making a big announcement about the new Recovering from Religion initiative. I think it is time we non-theists stepped out and helped those who are not totally infected with religion, find their way out. Help them form social support groups that will allow them to get the same support churches offer without all the hocus pocus. If this is something that interests you, please visit our site recoveringreligionists.com and learn about the organization and how to start a group in your area.

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Comment by Darrel Ray on April 30, 2009 at 3:48am
Somewhat related to this, we are exploring the idea of helping students in High Schools start Recovering from Religion groups. Seems like a first step especially with all the religious groups lurking at the school room doors and trying to have meetings in schools. So far, that is not something we are focusing on, but certainly something we are considering once the basic movement is clearly established.
Comment by Bill E on April 30, 2009 at 12:34am
Someone in my meetup group commented that such a service exists in Austin, Texas, so I'm going to start by looking them up and seeing what they do. Also it might work to contact another kind of hotline, say a suicide hotline, and see what they do to set up. And I'll check out the recovering religionists link offered above. It's a start, anyway....
Comment by Фелч Гроган on April 30, 2009 at 12:28am
This is a great topic for a discussion, and it would be great if some people with legal knowledge of the subject would take part.

Well, I'm scientist/propellor head - I have no idea about any of this, the "how's" or legal stuff. I just mention it about once a month hoping someone more qualified will notice. They haven't yet.
Comment by Bill E on April 29, 2009 at 11:54pm
This definitely interests me. I just started a discussion in my Santa Cruz Atheists group on this very subject. I even mentioned the child-related minefield. This is a great topic for a discussion, and it would be great if some people with legal knowledge of the subject would take part. I was thinking along the lines of a hotline to begin with. Not sure about more physical accommodations such as safe houses. But kids are certainly the biggest victims and the most important link in the religion-transmission chain.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on April 29, 2009 at 11:43pm
Yeah - minefield. I just would like to see people discussing it, even if casually. Like charity, its an overlooked issue.
Comment by Darrel Ray on April 29, 2009 at 9:41pm
I am sure you are right, but right now we are just trying to deal with adults. I/we are not prepared for anything with that many minefields. What we are learning is that even adults have a hard time leaving, even if they have not believed for years. They are afraid of the social and family consequences.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on April 29, 2009 at 9:17pm
Next week we are making a big announcement about the new Recovering from Religion initiative.

Darrel, during all of your discussions with people about this group, does anyone ever broach the subject of a safe house support network for kids that are trapped in theist madhouses ?

There are kids like this everywhere. I know it's a legal and social minefield, but it does need to be at least given some thought.

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