Why We Need Secular Safe Zones
The number of nontheists in America is rising rapidly and there is a growing body of research that is beginning to explore this once-invisible and amorphous group. While tolerance for minority religions is growing around the country, discrimination and harassment of nontheistic Americans continues to be a problem. Everyday American institutions and customs can be exclusionary to nontheists. Beyond being alienated from civic life, nontheists in America are also often looked upon with suspicion and treated as outsiders, untrustworthy, and immoral
Along with these attitudes and discriminatory behaviors, nontheists lack the community, institutions, and support that religious Americans can readily rely upon.
The Secular Safe Zone Program
In order to stem this tide of discrimination and alienation, the Secular Safe Zone is building a network of Allies to provide community and support to nontheists around the nation. To accomplish this, the Secular Safe Zone program trains Allies and Facilitators to create safe spaces for nontheists and encourage acceptance, understanding, and tolerance. Allies are also trained to recognize and respond to issues of discrimination, harassment, and bullying that nontheists may come up against.
Become an Ally
Secular Safe Zone Allies have the potential to make a huge difference in a young person’s life. We may be role models for others and empower them to speak against prejudice in their own lives. Secular Safe Zone Allies work with young people through one of the most difficult problems they'll ever face during one of the most difficult times in their lives. Being a Secular Safe Zone ally is an enormous responsibility with great potential to make a difference.
If you're interested in learning more about our Ally program, please visit our Ally page for more information. Interested in arranging a training? Please check our locations page for your nearest Secular Safe Zone Facilitator or contact our Coordinator at email@example.com.
Facilitator Program & Institutional Implementation
A Secular Safe Zone Facilitator is an Ally who has received specialized training to create campus-wide Secular Safe Zone programs at their institution. Facilitators provide Allies within their institution with guidance, training, access to resources, and supervision.
If you are interested in learning more about the Facilitator Program or arranging a training, please visit our Facilitator Program page or contact our Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.