Cross-posted from Canadian Atheist, in direct (and repeated) violation of the unofficial policy prohibiting such things.
This one will brief, since Hemant over at Friendly Atheist has already given us all the relevant information:
The Atheism subReddit has taken up the cause to raise $42,000 for Doctors without Borders — the amount is an homage to Douglas Adams.
This is a friendly competition with the members of the Christianity subReddit, who are donating to the World Vision Clean Water Fund. Much like with Kiva, we’re crushing them with our generosity (I should’ve pointed out that this is hardly a fair fight because the Atheism subReddit outnumbers the Christian subReddit by a longshot. There’s waaaaay more of us. So the “competition” is all in good fun. Still, Christians are more than welcome to try to beat us )
As I write this, the atheists have already raised $30,000. The Christians have raised a little over $10,000.
Let’s help the atheists reach their goal (and, as a bonus, give more than the Christians).
If you’re in the U.K., you can give here.
If you’re in America (or elsewhere), you can give here.
I just gave $10. What are you donating?
Personally I think this is an awesome idea. Despite being at odds with a large segment of the atheist community with my stance toward religion, I think this is the kind of collaboration and friendly rivalry that the “accommodationists” are talking about most of the time. I’m happy to channel some of my vitriol (and one night out’s worth of cash – I donated $50) into a cause that sees real and positive results for someone else on the planet.
So atheists, put down your deep-fried baby sandwiches, click on the link, and cough up whatever dough you can spare to finally destroy Christianity once and for all! Or, get a poor kid some medicine. Whatever lifts your luggage. Christians, you can donate here.
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I hate to be unable to donate. Does dedicating my life to nursing and the betterment of others regardless of how wrong they may be about empirical issues count as a donation to humanity? I hope it does. (Also, just graduating college leaves me pretty fuckin’ broke to help out others financially; however see above.)
You shouldn’t feel bad. Not everyone is in a position to give up cash, and coming straight out of school is a completely understandable reason.
“Despite being at odds with a large segment of the atheist community with my stance toward religion….”
What is your stance?
I’m against it unequivocally. Some of the folks over at Canadian Atheist are much more wishy-washy.
I’d hardly call that a minority opinion though…
I’m not so sure how the numbers break down, but there is most assuredly a large number of atheists out there who simply want to leave well enough alone, and buy into the idea that people are the problem, not their stupid ideas. The anti-theist has become a more popular stance recently, but I don’t know that we are truly in the majority.