Introducing The Not Alone Project

My hope is to create a place where the non-believers stories can be published, in a completely safe environment, which doesn’t judge its participants in any way. This is an internet “safehouse” for those who fear coming out, an a place to share stories, freedoms and inspirations that atheism allows you. Those who publish their work here have the choice of remaining anonymous, or publishing their names in their articles.

In short, this place is for you.

In time, I hope to expand this project to include partnerships and affiliations with other organisations around the world, and help to work toward a world where projects like this one are no longer needed.

Introducing the “Not Alone” logo.

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The “Not Alone” logo represents the thoughts of those who are secretly irreligious, and the feeling of isolation and loneliness associated with this. The “thought bubble” represents the appearance of isolation and thoughts of being alone. The red dot in the black represents “you” thinking you are alone. The final thought bubble, shows you however that one step beyond your current situation, there are others like you. You are NOT alone.

Many people in the world live in situations where even the idea of “atheism” is fraught with hatred and even danger for the non-believer, and it is important for those people to realise that they are not alone in the world.

To read the stories, click on the “Your Stories” link at the top of the page, or click here.

If you’re not yet ready to tell your story in full, why not check out the brand new forum page (registration required), make introductions and chat amongst yourselves one the selected topic.

17 comments
  1. Ron Jacob said:

    im from Pakistan. here we have to pretend what we are not . we have to be really be carefull in our speaking that even a single wrong word can cast us our lives.

    • You are welcome to leave your story here. It is safe and anonymous.

  2. Rev said:

    I’m lucky enough to live in Australia where we can openly speak about our thoughts and even challenge people about religion. I’m vocal about atheism not just to try to make others think logically about their own religious beliefs, but to let those who agree with me know that they are not alone. That’s why I think #notaloneproject is such a great idea.

  3. Nick said:

    Martin – we keep coming across people in this situation. They technically are atheists but don’t want to call themselves that because they associate it with militancy, Satan worship or eating babies. So they hover around the edges of the atheist community, unwilling to engage because they worry about what it might mean.

    So, to help, we wrote a short guide on the history of religion, philosophy science and how it relates to atheism and secularism (!). In only 7 pages too!

    Feel free to use or distribute this guide to people if you think it would help them:
    http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0235/4503/files/think_atheist.pdf?1180

    • Excellent resource Nick. I’ll add this to the “Resources” page. Will it stay in this place on the web for the foreseeable future?

      • nickj69 said:

        Yep. We’re going to keep the store up as long as we can and the guide will be there.
        If anyone wants an athest/pro-science t-shirt to support the cause come to us : nakedape.net.au

  4. Ruby said:

    Great site! I’ve been an Atheist for many years now but have memories of being fed lies in church as a child. Things like “Atheists are children of the devil” or “This is the devils way of testing your faith” I grew up and through meeting people and educating myself outside of the church, I discovered the beautiful truth that the world is a much better place when people stop hiding behind a Deity. Quotes likely to make me angry these days are “God would’ve only sent you this life/tragedy/challenge because he knows you’re strong enough to handle it” and “Give it up to god”

  5. Dan Lewis said:

    I can recall several incidents/situations that helped open my eyes to reality.

    Humankind should be a bit embarrassed about being tied up with religion for so long.
    It might once have been a good thing, but it isn’t anymore. Now it cripples.

    That the idea of heaven and hell came from an earlier religion, Zoroastrianism, was one of the clues that helped wake me up.

    Religion comforts…and cripples.

  6. Bobby B said:

    I was lucky that my parents never forced us into religion. My Mother was a lukewarm Presbyterian and my Dad was nominally Catholic. As a young’un I fell in love with science and history. This led me to an essay by Asimov where he said he was an “atheist” and why. I thought to myself, “That’s me!”. I’ve been an “atheist” ever since. I’ve been lucky, I’ve never had to hide it, though I don’t go around proclaiming it.

    There are a lot of us around! I encounter fellow non-believers all over the place. I think many theists are like my parents, they won’t admit it, but they are not really believers. They pay lip service to religion.

    They upshot of it is me and me two brudders are all atheists.

    And that’s a good thing!

  7. Barbara said:

    Good project, but to me the logo looks like a pacifier about to enter a mouth.

  8. I live in western Canada. So many of my friends and family are now openly atheists that I feel no hesitation at all about expressing my views on religion. I still have some family members who are believers, but they seem slightly sheepish about it and don’t want to engage in any discussion, much less try to “save” anybody. I have a few fundamentalist friends, but again, they don’t want to press religion at me because they have no logical arguments to support their position and they know it. While working in China as a university teacher, I felt surrounded by religious people, always a few Mormons and other believers, but there was a core group of atheists even there.

  9. Lynda said:

    I’m a Canadian and I told my parents right before my fathers catholic marriage ceremony. I pretty much recieved a “whatever” from him. The rest of the family seems to think its a phase (even though I am now over thirty) and try to drag me to church whenever possible. I think the funniest one though was my grandmother, who had never seemed overly religious, she told me “well, I’ll be waving down to you from heaven while you’re burning in hell.” Other then that one sentence she never treated me any differently and since I don’t believe in a hell I can’t say it really affected me all that much. Anyway, good luck to everyone who wants to tell their family and friends I know I was terrified.

  10. Shyan said:

    I’m lucky enough to be able to be open about my atheism but I really appreciate this for those who cannot be so open. I personally never actually believed, just came to understand that I am an atheist and what that means. I fully accepted the “Atheist” title my freshman year of high school. I’m only a junior now but I’d rather be logical at a young age than waste any amount of my time on ridiculous and often violent beleif systems. I sincerely hope many others of my generation choose to really look at the world and form their own opinion instead of conforming to common belief. Once again, thank you for allowing us a place to be open and expressive without being judged and rebuked.

  11. Ange Tidwell said:

    I’m so happy I found this site. As a deep south atheist, I feel as if I’m in hiding.

  12. Hey! I wanted you to know I nominated you for the Liebster Award, hope you don’t mind. Check it out here: http://wp.me/p3Iwib-8Y. I still need to submit my own story soon! Keep up the good work :)

  13. sixpynce said:

    Throughout my life I have seen all the church-going people that go on about how religious they are and how atheists are all going to hell, this that and the other. When I was quite young I was observant enough, perhaps far too much so as a child, to realize that most of these good people were no different than most of the people I had heard call themselves, “atheists” and in fact, were much *worse* than most of the atheists I knew. I have seen “Christians” physically and mentally hurt other people and simply not care that they had done so. I’ve known Atheists that, despite being labeled evil, would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it. And you didn’t have to know these people well either, you simply had to be another human being suffering and in need. Needless to say it didn’t take me long to see that first step of the journey, that being the fact that Atheists are not evil or bad people, they are just people like everyone else. The other steps took me a very long time to build and consider since there is a great deal of information to look at and think about and compare. I am open. I will listen to almost anyway about almost any religion since I find the subject interesting but please – don’t send me Christian information or anything like that. I am *not* a Christian. I’m not exactly sure what I “am” but I certainly learn *far* toward being an Atheist.

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