Faith to Faithless is creating events & video content to support people who have left religion.
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patrons

Who we are 

Faith to Faithless was founded in 2015 by Imtiaz Shams and Aliyah Saleem, two ex-Muslims living in London, both faced difficulty leaving their faith and wanted to provide a platform to help alleviate the suffering of others.
 
University events were held in the UK to discuss leaving religion, they were filmed, and shared on YouTube. Enquiries started flooding in from apostates across the country and beyond. Today, Faith to Faithless is a programme within Humanists UK, the national charity for the non-religious that has worked to create a tolerant society where rational thinking and kindness prevail since 1896.

Faith to Faithless now supports people who have left any religion or cult including ex-Evangelical Christians, ex-Ultra-Orthodox Jews, ex-Muslims, ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, and others.  

What's the issue with leaving religion?

Belief in a religion is a fundamental human right and with it is the human right to not believe. Unfortunately, this right is not afforded to everyone, and for some people leaving their religion can be a complicated, challenging, and dangerous process.

Apostates (those who leave their religion) can bring shame and dishonour to a family, and as a result apostates often experience emotional and physical abuse. Shunning, and sometimes complete disownment, from immediate family, relatives, and the community at large is not uncommon. Confusion, isolation, and loneliness often follow which can lead to anxiety, depression, and self-harm. For those who stay with their families there is a risk of physical abuse, commonly referred to as honour violence. In extreme cases, apostasy or blasphemy can escalate to murder, also known as honour killings.

Irreligious people make up approximately 20% of the world’s population (ICM/BBC). Leaving religion is particularly hard for ex-Muslims, ex-Ultra-Orthodox Jews, ex-Jehovah's Witnesses and ex-Evangelical Christians.

What Faith to Faithless do

  1. Raising public awareness. University panel discussions and public events are held across the country to discuss apostasy and are led by speakers who have left all of the major religions. These events enable apostates to tell their stories (like this)
  2. Online content. Many of our events are filmed and shared on our YouTube channel. Additionally, our Social Media platforms, with a combined organic following of over 10,000 and growing by the day, are often the only platforms where apostates see that they are not alone, and provided the opportunity to chat freely with people who understand.
  3. Apostate meet-up events. We host regular informal events hosted in public spaces such as museum cafes to facilitate the meeting of like-minded people to share their experiences in a gentle social environment. 
  4.  Safeguarding training. This is for frontline services to support them with best practice to recognise and safeguard vulnerable apostates. The Police, social services, NHS workers, teachers, and charities are encouraged to take this training and the uptake has already been encouraging. 



Going forward

  1. Launching peer support groups. In 2019 we will provide group therapy sessions to help the most vulnerable apostates in the UK. 

How is Faith to Faithless funded?

Through donations from the public.

Do I need to donate?

If you can, great. If not, we welcome your voluntary support. This can be as simple as sharing our content online, or by helping us set up our next event at your local university or town hall.

Some accomplishments to date:

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
Supporters
Your support really means a lot. You'll get:
  • Spot on our website's "thank you" area for Supporter patrons
  • Access to the patron-only feed
  • Answered Prayers
Pledge $2 or more per month
Disciples
You're sending us love with not one, but two dollars per month! You'll get:
  • Spot on our website's "thank you" area for Disciple patrons
  • Access to the patron-only feed
  • A promise of expediated processing while in Purgatory
Pledge $5 or more per month
Prophets
This is awesome, thank you. You'll get:
  • Spot on our website's "thank you" for Prophet patrons
  • Access to the patron-only feed
  • Increase the number of your Disciples (we'll follow you on twitter/facebook)

Pledge $10 or more per month
Archangels
You're too kind. You'll get:
  • Spot on our website's "thank you" for Prophet patrons
  • Access to the patron-only feed + follow on social media
  • Thanks as a supporter on Youtube videos
  • Place in the highest Hindu heaven: Goloka. Expect waterfalls, chirping crickets and cows
Pledge $25 or more per month
Angel Moroni
May you be showered with blessings, amen and hallelujah. You'll get:
  • Spot on our website's "thank you" for Angel Moroni patrons
  • Access to the patron-only feed + follow on social media
  • Thanks as a supporter on Youtube videos
  • Faith to Faithless badge and other supporter gifts
  • Place in the highest Egyptian heaven: Sekhet-Aaru. We're not quite sure what Aaru's about, but there are lots of reed plants apparently. 
Pledge $50 or more per month
Cthulhu
Very generous, who said charity was for the religious? Your donation will really help us kick it up a gear. As a thank you:
  • Spot on our website's "thank you" for Cthulhu patrons
  • Access to the patron-only feed + follow on social media + Youtube thanks
  • Faith to Faithless badge, t-shirt and other supporter gifts
  • Letter signed by our speakers with some life stories written by in-the-closet members
  • Guaranteed place as one of only 144,000 entering the JW Heaven

Pledge $100 or more per month
Flying Spaghetti Monster
Whoa! Your generous noodly blessing will help us coast our way to better rights for apostates. It'll get you:
  • Spot on our website's "thank you" area for the Flying Spaghetti Monster patron
  • Access to the patron-only feed + follow on social media + Youtube thanks
  • Personal thanks via phone/skype
  • Letter signed by our speakers with some life stories written by in-the-closet members
  • Faith to Faithless badge, t-shirt and other supporter gifts
  • Place in the highest reaches of Islamic heaven: Jannat-ul-Firdous. Expect olives, rivers of honey and...wine (we're serious, google it)
  • Dinner + drinks with the team if you ever visit London, including meeting some of our speakers

Who we are 

Faith to Faithless was founded in 2015 by Imtiaz Shams and Aliyah Saleem, two ex-Muslims living in London, both faced difficulty leaving their faith and wanted to provide a platform to help alleviate the suffering of others.
 
University events were held in the UK to discuss leaving religion, they were filmed, and shared on YouTube. Enquiries started flooding in from apostates across the country and beyond. Today, Faith to Faithless is a programme within Humanists UK, the national charity for the non-religious that has worked to create a tolerant society where rational thinking and kindness prevail since 1896.

Faith to Faithless now supports people who have left any religion or cult including ex-Evangelical Christians, ex-Ultra-Orthodox Jews, ex-Muslims, ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, and others.  

What's the issue with leaving religion?

Belief in a religion is a fundamental human right and with it is the human right to not believe. Unfortunately, this right is not afforded to everyone, and for some people leaving their religion can be a complicated, challenging, and dangerous process.

Apostates (those who leave their religion) can bring shame and dishonour to a family, and as a result apostates often experience emotional and physical abuse. Shunning, and sometimes complete disownment, from immediate family, relatives, and the community at large is not uncommon. Confusion, isolation, and loneliness often follow which can lead to anxiety, depression, and self-harm. For those who stay with their families there is a risk of physical abuse, commonly referred to as honour violence. In extreme cases, apostasy or blasphemy can escalate to murder, also known as honour killings.

Irreligious people make up approximately 20% of the world’s population (ICM/BBC). Leaving religion is particularly hard for ex-Muslims, ex-Ultra-Orthodox Jews, ex-Jehovah's Witnesses and ex-Evangelical Christians.

What Faith to Faithless do

  1. Raising public awareness. University panel discussions and public events are held across the country to discuss apostasy and are led by speakers who have left all of the major religions. These events enable apostates to tell their stories (like this)
  2. Online content. Many of our events are filmed and shared on our YouTube channel. Additionally, our Social Media platforms, with a combined organic following of over 10,000 and growing by the day, are often the only platforms where apostates see that they are not alone, and provided the opportunity to chat freely with people who understand.
  3. Apostate meet-up events. We host regular informal events hosted in public spaces such as museum cafes to facilitate the meeting of like-minded people to share their experiences in a gentle social environment. 
  4.  Safeguarding training. This is for frontline services to support them with best practice to recognise and safeguard vulnerable apostates. The Police, social services, NHS workers, teachers, and charities are encouraged to take this training and the uptake has already been encouraging. 



Going forward

  1. Launching peer support groups. In 2019 we will provide group therapy sessions to help the most vulnerable apostates in the UK. 

How is Faith to Faithless funded?

Through donations from the public.

Do I need to donate?

If you can, great. If not, we welcome your voluntary support. This can be as simple as sharing our content online, or by helping us set up our next event at your local university or town hall.

Some accomplishments to date:

Recent posts by Faith to Faithless

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
Supporters
Your support really means a lot. You'll get:
  • Spot on our website's "thank you" area for Supporter patrons
  • Access to the patron-only feed
  • Answered Prayers
Pledge $2 or more per month
Disciples
You're sending us love with not one, but two dollars per month! You'll get:
  • Spot on our website's "thank you" area for Disciple patrons
  • Access to the patron-only feed
  • A promise of expediated processing while in Purgatory
Pledge $5 or more per month
Prophets
This is awesome, thank you. You'll get:
  • Spot on our website's "thank you" for Prophet patrons
  • Access to the patron-only feed
  • Increase the number of your Disciples (we'll follow you on twitter/facebook)

Pledge $10 or more per month
Archangels
You're too kind. You'll get:
  • Spot on our website's "thank you" for Prophet patrons
  • Access to the patron-only feed + follow on social media
  • Thanks as a supporter on Youtube videos
  • Place in the highest Hindu heaven: Goloka. Expect waterfalls, chirping crickets and cows
Pledge $25 or more per month
Angel Moroni
May you be showered with blessings, amen and hallelujah. You'll get:
  • Spot on our website's "thank you" for Angel Moroni patrons
  • Access to the patron-only feed + follow on social media
  • Thanks as a supporter on Youtube videos
  • Faith to Faithless badge and other supporter gifts
  • Place in the highest Egyptian heaven: Sekhet-Aaru. We're not quite sure what Aaru's about, but there are lots of reed plants apparently. 
Pledge $50 or more per month
Cthulhu
Very generous, who said charity was for the religious? Your donation will really help us kick it up a gear. As a thank you:
  • Spot on our website's "thank you" for Cthulhu patrons
  • Access to the patron-only feed + follow on social media + Youtube thanks
  • Faith to Faithless badge, t-shirt and other supporter gifts
  • Letter signed by our speakers with some life stories written by in-the-closet members
  • Guaranteed place as one of only 144,000 entering the JW Heaven

Pledge $100 or more per month
Flying Spaghetti Monster
Whoa! Your generous noodly blessing will help us coast our way to better rights for apostates. It'll get you:
  • Spot on our website's "thank you" area for the Flying Spaghetti Monster patron
  • Access to the patron-only feed + follow on social media + Youtube thanks
  • Personal thanks via phone/skype
  • Letter signed by our speakers with some life stories written by in-the-closet members
  • Faith to Faithless badge, t-shirt and other supporter gifts
  • Place in the highest reaches of Islamic heaven: Jannat-ul-Firdous. Expect olives, rivers of honey and...wine (we're serious, google it)
  • Dinner + drinks with the team if you ever visit London, including meeting some of our speakers