1. Refusing My Religion Trailer


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    REFUSING MY RELIGION Sometimes Finding Salvation Means Losing Your Faith www.refusingmyreligion.com This story could only happen in America. What happens when preachers lose their faith and become atheist activists? WHAT IS THIS DOCUMENTARY ABOUT? Our feature-length documentary, REFUSING MY RELIGION, examines through intimate first-person accounts the experiences of clergy members who have left their careers in ministry, renounced religion, and gone on to become prominent figures in the secular movement. When ministers lose their faith and “come out” not only as non-believers but as atheist activists, this is a clear indication that our society is transforming right before our eyes. We are making the definitive film about the unprecedented and rapid changes to the religious and cultural landscape of America. As the internet and access to information continue to shape our world, religion now finds itself in a place it has never been before. The Clergy Project is an online safe haven for former or active ministers, priests, rabbis, imams, etc. who have “moved beyond faith”. The website went public in March of 2011 with 52 original members; since then it has increased to 425. The Clergy Project grew indirectly out of the 2010 Tufts University study “Preachers Who Are Not Believers” conducted by Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola. In 2011 The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science provided funding to help launch TCP. Some of TCP’s founders include Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, clinical research consultant Linda LaScola, Clergy Project Executive Director Catherine Dunphy, and Executive Director of the RDFRS Dr. R. Elisabeth Cornwell. WHY IS THIS FILM IMPORTANT, AND WHY SHOULD YOU SUPPORT IT? Education and awareness are integral to creating the policies and laws that foster a just and moral society. If these matters are important to you, please contribute to this film. We are at a tipping point. The stronghold religion has had on our society is “all breaking down,” as Daniel Dennett recently told us in an on-camera interview. The latest Pew Forum On Religion & Public Life survey and statistics reveal that there is a never-seen-before momentum shifting away from traditional American religious institutions, both at the societal and individual levels. The evidence proves that church attendance has significantly decreased in the past decade, particularly among young Americans. This is your opportunity to be active in closing the final chapter of America’s civil rights battle. Helping us complete this film will raise awareness of the personal hardships and discrimination a number of atheists face in pursuing the truth of who they are. These former clergy realized that they must live aligned with the truth inside themselves. But once they “came out” as non-believers, many were immediately shunned by their communities, had their marriages and families torn apart, were fired from their secular jobs, had businesses ruined, personal property destroyed, and some have received threats of physical harm, sexual abuse and even death. Some have had to uproot their lives entirely and move far away from their homes to start anew, simply because they no longer believe. Atheists encounter many similar social justice issues that affect women, gays, and minorities. Our documentary explores this crucial cultural divide between the secular and the fundamentally religious. In our exploration of the subject matter, we have gained a greater understanding of the diverse and complex nature if religion in America. We have been moved and inspired by the efforts of those creating dialogue with and building bridges toward the secular movement. We can see the energy of what could evolve into what we hope is a more tolerant and compassionate community. This is something we think the world should know about. HOW WILL WE USE YOUR DONATION? As you know, making a film of this magnitude is expensive and time-consuming. Your donation will enable us to complete it. The funds will be used for production, post-production, licensing fees, marketing, and distribution.

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    • Todd Stiefel's speech at NDOR


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      • The Humanist Hour #78: Gloria Steinem, 2012 Humanist of the Year


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        In this month’s podcast, Jennifer Bardi, editor of Humanist magazine, interviews world famous author and activist Gloria Steinem. “It’s not about not believing,” says the 2012 Humanist of the Year. “It’s about rejecting a god who looks like the ruling class.” You can read a transcript of this interview in the September / October edition of the Humanist magazine online: http://thehumanist.org/september-october-2012/the-humanist-interview-with-gloria-steinem/ Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She now lives in New York City, and is currently at work on Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered, a book about her more than thirty years on the road as a feminist organizer. For complete information on this program, visit The Humanist Hour website: http://podcast.thehumanist.org/2012/09/the-humanist-hour-78-gloria-steinem-2012-humanist-of-the-year/

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        • The Humanist Hour #92: Dr. Anthony B. Pinn


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          In this month’s show, Todd and Kim interview Dr. Anthony B. Pinn, a member of the American Humanist Association Board of Directors, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, and Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies. He is a prolific author and public intellectual working at the intersections of African-American religion, constructive theology, and humanist thought. The issues and topics covered by Dr. Pinn include his newest book, an autobiography titled "Writing God’s Obituary: How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist"; redemptive suffering; the relationship between humanism, hip hop, and jazz; the concept of theodicy; the issues of diversity in the humanist movement—including suggestions to make improvements; how sex and the human body are seen as shameful by many religious adherents; and more. For complete details and show links, click here: http://thehumanist.com/multimedia/podcast/the-humanist-hour-92-dr-anthony-b-pinn

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          • The Humanist Hour #77: Nonbeliever Nation


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            In this month’s podcast, Jes and Todd interview AHA President, freethought activist, blogger and author David Niose, about his book, Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans. Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans Today, nearly one in five Americans are nonbelievers – a rapidly growing group at a time when traditional Christian churches are dwindling in numbers – and they are flexing their muscles like never before. Yet we still see almost none of them openly serving in elected office, while Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and many others continue to loudly proclaim the myth of America as a Christian nation. In Nonbeliever Nation, leading secular advocate David Niose explores what this new force in politics means for the unchallenged dominance of the Religious Right. Hitting on all the hot-button issues that divide the country – from gay marriage to education policy to contentious church-state battles – he shows how this movement is gaining traction, and fighting for its rights. Now, Secular Americans—a group comprised not just of atheists and agnostics, but lapsed Catholics, secular Jews, and millions of others who have walked away from religion—are mobilizing and forming groups all over the country (even atheist clubs in Bible-belt high schools) to challenge the exaltation of religion in American politics and public life. This is a timely and important look at how growing numbers of nonbelievers, disenchanted at how far America has wandered from its secular roots, are emerging to fight for equality and rational public policy. David Niose David Niose’s background includes experience in law and mass communication. Having practiced law in Massachusetts since 1990, Niose has also worked in print and broadcast media, taught both history and law, and written extensively on a wide array of issues. Upon joining the AHA board in 2005, Niose initiated and helped develop the AHA’s media campaign. Niose has appeared in national media and spoken to groups around the country, emphasizing the importance of utilizing mass media to inject humanist ideas into the public dialogue, improve the public image of humanists, and sway public opinion away from the religious right. As an attorney, Niose has advocated for church/state separation and the rights of humanists and other nontheists, and he is currently involved in implementing a legal strategy to enforce the rights of humanists and other nontheists via the avenue of equal protection law. He has worked with the Secular Coalition for America in various positions to help advocate for the rights of Secular Americans, and has served on the boards of Greater Worcester Humanists and Greater Boston Humanists. Links from this month’s episode: Nonbeliever Nation Get the book: Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Nonbeliever-Nation-Rise-Secular-Americans/dp/023033895X Dave’s Book Tour: http://www.americanhumanist.org/AHA/David_Niose_Book_Tour Other Links: LLS Light the Night: www.FoundationBeyondBelief.org American Humanist Association Conference: Save the Date: http://conference.americanhumanist.org/ Music from this month’s episode (in order of appearance): Theme Song: “Sound Scientist” by Bill: http://www.last.fm/music/Bill/_/sound+scientist For complete information on the Humanist Hour podcast, including past episodes, click here: http://podcast.thehumanist.org/

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            • Appeal to Freethinkers to Fight Cancer


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              http://foundationbeyondbelief.org/LLS-lightthenight Todd Stiefel is one of the great humanitarian philanthropists of the Humanist/Atheist/Freethought Community. His family has announced that it will match up to half a million dollars of donations to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for their Light The Night Walks fundraising effort. Please join us all in this cause and show the world what Humanism really stands for. Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) is proud to announce that we are now a "Special Friend" team partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for their Light The Night Walks Music in the public domain, curtesy of MusOpen.org Photo of Christopher Hitchens by Andrew Rusk from Toronto, Canada video created by Scott Burdick - http://scottburdick.com/

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              • The Humanist Hour #74: Bad Religion


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                In this month’s Humanist Hour podcast, Todd Stiefel and guest co-host Scott Burdick interview Bad Religion lead vocalist Greg Graffin and bassist Jay Bentley backstage at the Reason Rally. Thanks to Scott Burdick for capturing and providing the Humanist Hour with the audio content for this month! For complete details on this podcast, click here: http://podcast.thehumanist.org/2012/05/the-humanist-hour-74-bad-religion/

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                • The Humanist Hour #80: AHA President Rebecca Hale


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                  In this month’s podcast, Todd Stiefel interviews Rebecca Hale, the newly elected president of the American Humanist Association. On Jan. 1, 2013, Rebecca “Becky” Hale became the 20th president of the American Humanist Association. She is the 4th woman to serve in the role. The last female president of the AHA was Suzanne Paul of Farmington, Michigan, whose term completed in 1992. Hale will preside over the current AHA board of directors, which is comprised of six women and six men. She has been an advocate for secularism and humanism for many years as co-owner of EvolveFISH.com, the largest online store of freethought merchandise. She is also the co-founder of the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs, a local affiliate of the American Humanist Association, and serves on its board of directors. She is a Humanist Celebrant certified by the Humanist Society of the American Humanist Association. Todd talks to Becky about her background, including growing up as a Unitarian Universalist and why she has moved away from the church while still strongly embracing humanism. Becky reveals her desire to see more attention paid to the younger generation while maintaining and strengthening the AHA’s existing relationships. Listen to this month’s podcast to find out more about new AHA President Rebecca Hale! We also bid farewell to podcast co-host Jes Constantine, as she accepts a new position working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We will miss you, Jes! For more information about this podcast, visit: http://podcast.thehumanist.org/2013/02/the-humanist-hour-80-aha-president-rebecca-hale/

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                  • The Humanist Hour - LIVE!


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                    Where each episode explores a different area of humanist thought, from politics to pop culture. From the American Humanist Association.

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                    • The Humanist Hour #76: Cenk Uygur


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                      In this month’s podcast, Jes and Todd interview the Young Turks main host and co-founder Cenk Uygur about the relationship between humanism, the media, and politics. Cenk was awarded with the Humanist Media Award at the AHA’s 71st Annual Conference this past June. Segment 1: Summer fun at Camp Quest Camp Quest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends and freethought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values. Activities vary from year to year and location to location of Camp Quest; however, all of our camps offer a mix of traditional summer camp activities and educational activities related to the Camp Quest mission. Each Camp Quest focuses on the same mission, and there are many similarities from camp to camp. At the same time, each location has its own feel — with different activities, facilities, and people. Segment 2: Interview with Cenk Uygur Cenk Uygur is host of The Young Turks on Current TV as well as the host and co-founder of The Young Turks online which is the largest news show on the Internet. The Young Turks on Current TV features Uygur and a group of progressive, outspoken journalists and commentators discussing politics and pop culture in an unscripted, no-holds-barred atmosphere that breaks the mold of traditional cable news programming. The Young Turks (TYT) online has a verified global audience of more than 30 million views a month and over half a billion total video views of The Young Turks YouTube Channel, making it one of the most watched online news shows covering politics, pop culture and lifestyle. The Young Turks premiered on Sirius Satellite Radio in the first quarter of 2002 as the platform’s first original program before moving to XM Satellite Radio in 2006. The Young Turks is the flagship show of the TYT Network. TYT Network channels include What the Flick?!, TYT Sports, TYT University and TwenTYTwelve, among others. TYT has also recently launched a show called The Point on a new online-only channel, Town Square, as part of YouTube’s new original channels initiative. Uygur is the former host of MSNBC Live and has appeared numerous times on CNN, CNN Headline News, E! Entertainment Channel, Al Jazeera, ABC News, Voice of America, NPR and even Fox News Channel. He is one of the most popular bloggers on The Huffington Post, and also a contributor to Daily Kos and Politico. Uygur is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and Columbia University Law School. He worked as a lawyer, television writer and television host before co-founding The Young Turks. Segment 3: Humanist Media Award Listen to a clip of Cenk’s acceptance speech from the AHA 71st Annual Conference, where he received the Humanist Media Award. Visit http://podcast.thehumanist.org/ for more information about The Humanist Hour podcast. RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/HNN_Podcast

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