Leaving religion can be a complicated process, often resulting in emotional abuse from family and community. Shunning and complete disownment is not uncommon, and this isolation can lead to depression and self harm. Physical abuse, commonly referred to as honour violence can follow. In Britain, it is often particularly hard for ex-Evangelical Christians, ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, ex-Muslims and ex-Ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Will Bose manages Faith to Faithless, which was founded in 2015 to raise awareness of apostasy and support those who struggle leaving religion in the UK.
Will has spent four years advising and working with British and international charities that support victims of apostasy crime and honour-based abuse. He was the vice-chair of a Home Office funded organisation that supports forced marriage victims for 12 months, and in 2017 represented them as a co-chair of the Girls Not Brides UK campaign for 12 months.
Will has spoken extensively about the harmful consequences of certain cultural and religious practices in Britain and has addressed government organisations including the Home Office, the Foreign Office, The Forced Marriage Unit, New Scotland Yard and Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman.
Faith to Faithless is a programme of 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.
Following the lecture, there will be an opportunity for Q&A. We hope you'll join us for what promises to be an informative and thought-provoking evening. Thanks to Humanists UK supporters this is a free event.
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