Faith to Faithless was founded in 2015 to raise awareness of apostasy and support those who have left religion in the UK. We stage regular panel discussion events and lectures across the UK as well as hosting apostate socials and peer support meetings.
We also provide training to frontline services and safeguarding professionals to help them understand the harmful consequences of particular cultural and religious practices.
Faith to Faithless supports people who have left many religions including ex-Evangelical Christians, ex-Ultra-Orthodox Jews, ex-Muslims, ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others.
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.
Belief in a religion is a fundamental human right and with it is the right not to believe. Unfortunately, this 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 faith) 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-based violence. In extreme cases, apostasy or blasphemy can escalate to murder, also known as honour killings.