Faith to Faithless is creating Videos about leaving Religion
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So...who are you guys?


We're Faith to Faithless, founded by Imtiaz Shams having left a heavily conservative religious background. Tip: If you want to see a list of all we've achieved, scroll all the way down.

Imtiaz spent the last half-decade building underground communities for Ex Muslims, has helped atheists in danger in the Middle East and South East Asia, and has an unhealthy cat obsession. There are loads of volunteers and organisations with us: many helping secretly because of the danger they'd be in if they were "outed".

We've had a bit of media presence since we started with nothing but a dream last year: including a  Vice documentary, two BBC documentaries (12) and articles in the Guardian, Times (1, 2), SpectatorViceNews Australia and DNA India


What's the issue with leaving religion anyways?


It's simple, irreligious people make ~20% of the world’s population (ICM/BBC) but are treated horribly. It's even worse for minorities within minorities (e.g. Ex Muslims, Ex Hassidic Jews, Ex Mormons, Ex Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc). Discrimination spans multiple areas of life: your family, community, governments and public services.

More than that: it can be very lonely to leave certain brands of religion. 

What do you guys do?


Right now, three things:
  1. Create platforms for apostates at Universities to tell their stories (like this)
  2. Turn these events into free Youtube videos (like below:)
  3. Work with apostates in trouble to get them the help they need


Where we're going:
  1. Way more Youtube videos, including videos discussing religion and mini-interviews of apostates
  2. Creating online "spaces" for Exes (e.g. Ex Mormons or Ex JWs) to add content to and advise e.g. Mormons or JWs leaving their faith
  3. Putting pressure on governments through raising awareness about apostasy
  4. Helping mental health organisations deal with apostasy better
To date, we have held 7 events, received >1,700,000 views between our videos and documentaries. Our events have led to other apostates coming out publicly on our events, on their social media and to their family.

We want Faith to Faithless to become a first port of call for ex-religious people everywhere, who often feel alone and just need to know that they aren’t. We are going to keep adding videos, doing events and helping bring people together.


Are you funded by the Illuminati?


Errr, no. We don't get any funding from the Illuminati, lizard people, the New World Order or any of these people (are lizard people even...people?).

What we do have are a bunch of awesome people who volunteer time for free, and some camera and audio equipment that we can occasionally beg, borrow or steal.

Do I need to donate?


Not at all, everything we release is free. If you can't help through donations but love what we do, share our stuff and volunteer your time if you can. If you can spare a little, it'll go a long way in helping us help others.

I'll bite. What will help?


Although the above seems like we've done a lot of work (we have), we'd done all this with no outside donations whatsoever. We've been pushing out hard to set Faith to Faithless up using what little money we have between us and our communities. But now we're looking to scale it up. 

However much, or little, will go directly in helping people leave their religion without feeling alone, like many of us did.

What've you done so far?


  • Created Facebook, Twitter page, set up Youtube channel
  • Edited and launched Ex Muslim Voices: Faith to Faithless video
  • Event #1: Ex Muslim Voices at Queen Mary University
    • Edited and released 7 videos from event
    • Media X3: Times, Spectator, BBC
  • Featured in full page Guardian spread
  • Event #2 2015: Ex Muslim Voices at Surrey University
  • Event #3 2015: Event with Dr. Arif Ahmed at Cambridge University
    • Videos currently being edited for release
  • BBC documentary released on Faith to Faithless
  • Event #4 2015: Is there Life after Faith? at UCL University
    • Featuring Ex JW, Ex Muslim, Ex Christian Catholic, Ex Hindu
    • Edited and released 5 videos from event
    • Sold out 120 tickets
  • Launched Faith to Faithless London Meetup
    • First social had 25 members attend
    • Currently at 96 members
  • Vice documentary released on Faith to Faithless
  • Event #5 2016: Race, Religious Dissent & Identity: Faith to Faithless & London Black Atheists at Goldsmiths University
    • Featured 2 Ex Muslims and 2 Ex Christian from Nigeria
    • Videos currently being edited for release
  • Event #6 2016: Leaving Religion, easy? 
    • Featured an Ex Muslim, Ex JW and a Nigerian Ex Christian
  • Event #7 2016 being planned: Ex JW Voices at a London University
    • Found 4/5 Ex JW speakers for the event
  • Partnered with Humanist UK to provide training regarding apostates to AHS society presidents across all British Universities
  • Another 11 events completed in 2017: including 2x filmed Ex Jehovah's Witness panels, an Ex Christian panel, an Ex Ultra Orthodox Jewish panel and a panel with Bangladeshi bloggers.
  • Signed up by the UK Metropolitan Police to provide our apostasy training
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

So...who are you guys?


We're Faith to Faithless, founded by Imtiaz Shams having left a heavily conservative religious background. Tip: If you want to see a list of all we've achieved, scroll all the way down.

Imtiaz spent the last half-decade building underground communities for Ex Muslims, has helped atheists in danger in the Middle East and South East Asia, and has an unhealthy cat obsession. There are loads of volunteers and organisations with us: many helping secretly because of the danger they'd be in if they were "outed".

We've had a bit of media presence since we started with nothing but a dream last year: including a  Vice documentary, two BBC documentaries (12) and articles in the Guardian, Times (1, 2), SpectatorViceNews Australia and DNA India


What's the issue with leaving religion anyways?


It's simple, irreligious people make ~20% of the world’s population (ICM/BBC) but are treated horribly. It's even worse for minorities within minorities (e.g. Ex Muslims, Ex Hassidic Jews, Ex Mormons, Ex Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc). Discrimination spans multiple areas of life: your family, community, governments and public services.

More than that: it can be very lonely to leave certain brands of religion. 

What do you guys do?


Right now, three things:
  1. Create platforms for apostates at Universities to tell their stories (like this)
  2. Turn these events into free Youtube videos (like below:)
  3. Work with apostates in trouble to get them the help they need


Where we're going:
  1. Way more Youtube videos, including videos discussing religion and mini-interviews of apostates
  2. Creating online "spaces" for Exes (e.g. Ex Mormons or Ex JWs) to add content to and advise e.g. Mormons or JWs leaving their faith
  3. Putting pressure on governments through raising awareness about apostasy
  4. Helping mental health organisations deal with apostasy better
To date, we have held 7 events, received >1,700,000 views between our videos and documentaries. Our events have led to other apostates coming out publicly on our events, on their social media and to their family.

We want Faith to Faithless to become a first port of call for ex-religious people everywhere, who often feel alone and just need to know that they aren’t. We are going to keep adding videos, doing events and helping bring people together.


Are you funded by the Illuminati?


Errr, no. We don't get any funding from the Illuminati, lizard people, the New World Order or any of these people (are lizard people even...people?).

What we do have are a bunch of awesome people who volunteer time for free, and some camera and audio equipment that we can occasionally beg, borrow or steal.

Do I need to donate?


Not at all, everything we release is free. If you can't help through donations but love what we do, share our stuff and volunteer your time if you can. If you can spare a little, it'll go a long way in helping us help others.

I'll bite. What will help?


Although the above seems like we've done a lot of work (we have), we'd done all this with no outside donations whatsoever. We've been pushing out hard to set Faith to Faithless up using what little money we have between us and our communities. But now we're looking to scale it up. 

However much, or little, will go directly in helping people leave their religion without feeling alone, like many of us did.

What've you done so far?


  • Created Facebook, Twitter page, set up Youtube channel
  • Edited and launched Ex Muslim Voices: Faith to Faithless video
  • Event #1: Ex Muslim Voices at Queen Mary University
    • Edited and released 7 videos from event
    • Media X3: Times, Spectator, BBC
  • Featured in full page Guardian spread
  • Event #2 2015: Ex Muslim Voices at Surrey University
  • Event #3 2015: Event with Dr. Arif Ahmed at Cambridge University
    • Videos currently being edited for release
  • BBC documentary released on Faith to Faithless
  • Event #4 2015: Is there Life after Faith? at UCL University
    • Featuring Ex JW, Ex Muslim, Ex Christian Catholic, Ex Hindu
    • Edited and released 5 videos from event
    • Sold out 120 tickets
  • Launched Faith to Faithless London Meetup
    • First social had 25 members attend
    • Currently at 96 members
  • Vice documentary released on Faith to Faithless
  • Event #5 2016: Race, Religious Dissent & Identity: Faith to Faithless & London Black Atheists at Goldsmiths University
    • Featured 2 Ex Muslims and 2 Ex Christian from Nigeria
    • Videos currently being edited for release
  • Event #6 2016: Leaving Religion, easy? 
    • Featured an Ex Muslim, Ex JW and a Nigerian Ex Christian
  • Event #7 2016 being planned: Ex JW Voices at a London University
    • Found 4/5 Ex JW speakers for the event
  • Partnered with Humanist UK to provide training regarding apostates to AHS society presidents across all British Universities
  • Another 11 events completed in 2017: including 2x filmed Ex Jehovah's Witness panels, an Ex Christian panel, an Ex Ultra Orthodox Jewish panel and a panel with Bangladeshi bloggers.
  • Signed up by the UK Metropolitan Police to provide our apostasy training

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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