SylviaI’m an atheist in the UK and I’m often gobsmacked at how atheism is generally perceived in the US. When I read stories like Jessica Ahlquist’s or Damon Fowler’s I just sit here in disbelief and find myself somewhat outraged.

So I’ve been wondering for a while what can I do? It’s a cause I find myself quite passionate about so I want to do something to help. I’m a filmmaker. With that in mind, I would dearly love to make a film about atheism in the USA. More specifically about the people, the stories of people who have come out as atheists, the stories of people who are actively campaigning and the struggles they’ve had to deal with. I’d like to make a documentary that shows that “we are just people too, trying to live a good decent life”.

The concept is currently a work in progress and will depend on who will eventually be involved and the time frame. The final product will most likely be a 40 or 50 minute documentary with further information on this website on the people involved, a diary, …

I’m hoping it would help fellow atheists, and organisations as the CFI, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, … I want to show that atheists aren’t people that one should be so afraid of or that Christians should hate. Maybe it can find its way to religious organisations and help them be a bit more open towards people who may not share their beliefs, but do share many values.

I hope you’d think this would be a worthwhile project and might consider helping to fund this project or getting involved in some way.

Sylvia

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