In the next few days I will be sending out a press release for a new group I wish to develop. It has occurred to me that there are many people out there who would not call themselves Atheists or even Agnostics, yet they have a real sense of how religion has infected them and hurt them in many ways. The name of the group will be Recovering Religionists, and will have principles similar to the old AA twelve steps without any god references. My vision is to create meetups that will be directed by local rational people willing to agree to be a moderator/convener for a group, not a leader or propagandist. The purpose of Recovering Religionists is to allow people to share stories and techniques about how they were infected with religion and how they have escaped or are escaping. It would also be a forum for reading and discussing memoirs and books like Jeffrey Mark's book Christian No More and Albert Ellis' A New Guide to Rational Living. I would like to develop a broad and loose curriculum that a group could just pick up and run with. Suggestions and help from others on AN would be welcome. I could also see an advisory board that would help with the research and web support for this endeavor.
If this is an area of interest to you, let me know. I will create a meetup site for it soon and will direct anyone interested to create a meetup page for their local group. We are trademarking the RR™ and will ask that local leaders get approval to use the trademark for their local group. I do this to simply keep things somewhat organized around the central principles and not have a hundred different groups all espousing different things under the name of Recovering Religionists. I envision a loosely organized process where ideas can be shared and groups enjoy the support of like minded people. These groups would NOT compete with current freethinking or atheist groups, instead, they might actually bring people to consider membership in your group.
If you Google the term Recovering Relgionist, this term seems not to have entered the lexicon. Other similar terms are lacking as well. I think the time is ripe for us to create an avenue through which people can discover the joys of rational living and learning. To live with the realities of material life outside of fantasy and superstition. For that we must make a path. This is that path.
I would welcome your thoughts and responses on this new initiative.