Hemant spotlights a statement handed out by Pastor David Brassfield of the Newalla Church of Christ in Oklahoma to his parishioners. The statement made the absolutely false claim that atheists haven’t done anything to help the victims of the tornadoes there, and never do anything at all to help people after natural disasters.
After our recent major loss of life and property, thousands of people and many organizations stepped up to help. The list included churches, benevolent groups with religious ties, and even local casinos. What you did not see on the list were groups who have been critical of religion and are unbelievers in God.
The Freedom From Religion group got the 10 commandments removed from an Oklahoma school, but they could not be bothered with helping the victims of the storms. Neither could you find the ACLU, any agnostic or atheistic organization, nor anyone or anything associated with the Humanist Movement on the list of those who were helping the hurting. People who are members of these organizations are conspicuously absent whenever people need comforting, whether it is from natural or manmade tragedies.
As Hemant points out, perhaps Brassfield thinks Google is of the devil and therefore can’t use it. It would have taken about five seconds to find a long list of atheist organizations and individuals helping the very people he claims we never helped. But you know what you genuinely never hear, Mr. Brassfield? You never hear an atheist blaming natural disasters on the victims because they’re sinners and God is taking out his wrath on them. But you do hear lots of Christians claiming that after every single disaster of any kind.
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