Finally, Someone Takes Our Dirty Atheist Money

You would think that donating $3000 would be an easy thing to do, but apparently not. Hemant has finally managed to find someone to take that amount that was initially donated to replace funding pulled by an American Legion to the parks in Morton Grove, Illinois. But they turned it down, as did the local library board. Finally, a food bank has accepted the donation. But then there’s this:

“I can’t believe how hard it is to get rid of $3,000,” Mehta said in a YouTube video, announcing plans to give the money to the food pantry.

Township Supervisor Lee Tamraz originally said he thought township trustees — who also serve as pantry foundation board members — would likely meet to decide whether to deposit the donation.

“We could certainly utilize the funding,” Tamraz said prior to the check’s arrival.

Tamraz was not aware of the deposit when reached by phone today. He said trustees would have met had the donation been addressed to the township, which it was not.

“It’s immaterial to me who the individual is making the donation,” he said. “We should be appreciative of the donation and make sure it is used to the benefit of the people of Niles Township. I’m grateful for the $3,000.”

His only concern, he said, was that other donors would pull funding, thinking the pantry was making some kind of political or religious statement.

“There is a definite need, and I don’t want to jeopardize that need,” he said.

Think about what that says about any donor who would stop helping out the food bank. Imagine the person who would say, “You accepted money from atheists to help feed the poor? Then fuck the poor, I’m taking my money and going home.” Of course, that’s basically what the American Legion did in the first place.

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  • colnago80

    Of course, that’s basically what the American Legion did in the first place.

    Par for the course for the unAmerican Legion.

  • doublereed

    Seriously, whatever happened to this idea of Secularism?

  • tsig

    Unless you’re donating for Jesus your money is Satin Stained.

  • tsig

    If you think you have some money with the Stain of Satan on it I will be happy to launder if for you, send full info including bank account #, bank # and amount of money needing cleaned. It’ll be so clean you’ll think it disappeared.

  • Karen Locke

    This just… fries my guts. My local food bank doesn’t ask about my beliefs before taking my money. I could be (insert your most egregious belief system here) and they would be DELIGHTED to take my money. Second Harvest Food Bank, Santa Clara County, California. Ship it here, Hemant. We have a lot of hungry folks and I haven’t been able to help this year as much as I usually can.

  • tubi

    Unless you’re donating for Jesus your money is Satin Stained.

    That sounds more like gay money than atheist money.

  • http://onhandcomments.blogspot.com/ left0ver1under

    Think about what that says about any donor who would stop helping out the food bank. Imagine the person who would say, “You accepted money from atheists to help feed the poor? Then ….

    Unfortunately, that’s the same sort of claim made when atheists refuse to donate to the salvation army because of its bigotry and attempts to force religion onto the poor. The difference is (which the religious would like to ignore) is that the only condition on the atheist donation is “Don’t put conditions on the recipients.” The religious are disgusting opportunists who use poverty as a means of forcing religion on the desperate.

  • John Hinkle

    His only concern, he said, was that other donors would pull funding, thinking the pantry was making some kind of political or religious statement.

    Withholding a donation in this case would be like extortion.

    “Hey Food Pantry. You don’t do no bidness with no ateist. You do dis our way, our that hungry woman over der gets it.”

  • iknklast

    When I took a donation from our department to the Salvation Army (because the secular food bank in our town was closed for the holidays due to lack of volunteers – ouch), I was wearing my None of the Above sweatshirt from Internet Infidels. They took the food, thanked me very graciously, and passed it out to needy people. That’s how it should work.

  • hunter

    Don’t ever forget that every major donor develops a sense of ownership — there are also control issues. If you don’t toe the line. . . .

    And it’s not just atheists who raise hackles: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/09/planting-peace-orphanage-funding_n_4568052.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=Gay+Voices

  • eric

    @7:

    [Ed] Think about what that says about any donor who would stop helping out the food bank. Imagine the person who would say, “You accepted money from atheists to help feed the poor? Then ….

    [left0ver1under] Unfortunately, that’s the same sort of claim made when atheists refuse to donate to the salvation army because of its bigotry and attempts to force religion onto the poor.

    Not exactly. There are many charities distributing help to the people that the salvation army helps. Choosing a different distributor to help the same people is reasonable if you prefer another middleman charity. Choosing not to help the poor at all because you don’t like one distributor is far more nasty and spiteful.

    In this case, the American Legion did not take their $3,000 and give it to a different group in Morton Grove (like substituting the Library for the Parks, as Hemant tried). They just chose not to give it. That’s nasty and spiteful. An atheist giving to, say, Goodwill instead of the Salvation Army is a completely different (and far more ethical) situation.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    There’s another place that I saw this Morton’s Grove story:

    http://lj.libraryjournal.com/blogs/annoyedlibrarian/2013/12/30/religious-tests-for-library-supporters/comment-page-1/#comment-300384

    Almost predictably someone left a victimblamepology on the comments.

    My guess is that the MurKKKin Lesion Post would have had pretty much the same response to:

    A.) The Parks Board member not reciting the “Under GOD” version of the Pledge.

    B.) Not joining in the opening invocation

    C.) Being teh GAY, an uppity woman or, well, not a WKP*.

    C,) Seeing an Obama bumper sticker on a board member’s car.

    My response to any and all of their butthurt would be:

    I pay my taxes, I obey the law, I served my country when I was a young man; if you think I need to recite the pledge or pray to YOUR Poof-deity to prove MY patriotism/moral decency, y’all can go fuck yourselves.

    * White KKKristian Patriot

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    I think of how these asswipes in Moron Grove would react to what I just typed.

    “Yeah, you GODLESS hippie bastard, stay outta OUR town!”

    And then I think that they’d react, in exactly the same way if somebody like Norm Holcomb, Capt. USN (Ret) said pretty much the same thing. ‘Cuz if you ain’t with ’em, you’re agin’ em.

    Assholes.

  • caseloweraz

    From the Tribune story: His only concern, he said, was that other donors would pull funding, thinking the pantry was making some kind of political or religious statement.

    I imagine something like this: “You took money from those %$&@*#+ atheists? What are you trying to do, make some kind of religious statement? We’ll show you! We’ll withdraw our good Christian donation thereby making a religious statement!

    Of course the italicized portions would go unstated…