Although growing in numbers and with more than half a billion worldwide, atheists are the most distrusted and discriminated group in America. A recent study found that people "found a description of an untrustworthy person to be more representative of atheists than of Christians, Muslims, gay men, feminists or Jewish people. Only rapists were distrusted to a comparable degree."
Given these attitudes, people who have "lost the faith" can feel quite isolated, afraid to let their peers or coworkers know that they are atheist.
The Internet offers a wealth of information and social networking opportunities for atheists, with Reddit's atheist community being the largest, with over 603,000 members. Richard Dawkins has a vibrant atheism community, as does Freethought Blogs. Another great source of news, information and entertainment is AtheismTV and The Thinking Atheist, who has a fantastic call-in show on BlogTalkRadio.
And, of course, there are Meet-Ups, groups, organizations and events such as The Reason Rally where freethinkers can mingle with others.
While there are a growing number of resources for non-theists, it is easy to get lost in the crowd of Tweets, comments, and gatherings. People who are questioning faith or who are dealing with work or family issues because of their non-belief might feel embarrassed or shy about using social networking tools or approaching people in group settings to talk about their personal issues. Or, they might live in a rural or small town setting where there are no networking opportunities with fellow non-believers. What it boils down to is that sometimes non-believers just need another human being to talk with their frustrations or struggles.
That's where Joe Zamecki can help.
Joe currently helps run the Atheists Helping the Homeless program, the latest in a long string of activist activities. He was one of the original co-hosts of the popular television program, The Atheist Experience, back in 1997. Zamecki worked for American Atheists in New Jersey, and then returned to his home state of Texas to serve as American Atheists' Texas state director.
Having grown up in a strong Catholic environment, Joe knows what it's like to leave religion. He also understands the need to vent, as he lives in a state that is saturated with religion.
Joe says he doesn't sleep much and welcomes calls from atheists needing someone to talk to, whether they simply need a friendly person to connect with, are struggling with leaving their religion, or want to get involved in activism. His phone number, which is in Texas (Central Time in the U.S.) is 512-758-0060.