Author Emily Dietle
My focus is on state-church separation & social issues. I'm an avid reader, and feel that one of our most valuable tools is the free movement of information and ideas. | @emilyhasbooks
After being appalled the persistent negative treatment of atheists in the United States in contrast to her own experience living in England, Belgian filmmaker, Sylvia, came up with a concept for a documentary that aims to shift religious persons’ perceptions of atheists.
‘Hug an Atheist‘ will be a 50 minute documentary released in June 2013, and the full scope of the project will also include interviews on the website and YouTube channel [subscribe]. Sylvia has even been asked to submit the film to the Atheist Film Festival!
The film will focus on stories from real atheists across the nation that have chosen to live publicly with their non-belief, and their resulting struggles and triumphs. Featuring atheists experiencing marriage, grief, celebrations, the film will reveal how many commonalities of love, emotions, and morality we share with all of society.
I want to show that atheists aren’t people that one should be so afraid of … or hate. It is my sincere hope the documentary will find its way to religious organizations and help them be a bit more open towards people who may not share their beliefs, but do share many values.
If you feel, as I do, that this is a project you could campaign for, I urge you to share it, donate towards it, and promote it everywhere you can- online, with friends, and at local secular meetings/gatherings. Numerous people are already on-board, enthusiastically supporting this project, including Greta Christina, Hemant Mehta and Roy Speckhardt, and you’re needed, too!
If you’re on twitter, follow @HugAnAtheist