A Reddit Team Forms for the Light the Night Challenge

Denny Crane was one of the co-organizers of the Reddit Atheism fundraisers for Doctors Without Borders (which raised over $200,000). Since that time, the r/atheism community has grown by over 900,000 people. The question is whether we can mobilize a good chunk of them.

Now, Denny is helping create a “virtual” Light the Night team on Reddit. It’s all part of an atheist-led plan to raise $1,000,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:

So, what do you say, reddit? Together we’ve shocked the world twice, and we’re poised to do it again when we move toward the 2012 Doctors Without Borders drive. Right now the single most active philanthropist furthering the freethought cause has a sign-up sheet hanging for r/atheism.

Joining our team on the LLS page and spending five minutes using their online fundraising tools can generate hundreds if not thousands of dollars in donations, together, as a community.

Atheists have never had it easy. And trying to gather and organize atheists is like herding cats. But this technology, developed by people like Alan Turing and pioneered by people like Richard Stallman, both atheists, allows us to get together and impact the world.

We can contact each other and our own friends and families. We have financial support. We are poised to change the world for us and people like us, charity drive by charity drive. Will you stand and be a part of it now?

We can’t do it without you.

Got all that? Even if you can’t walk somewhere in person, please consider joining this virtual team!

Any money you donate will be match by Todd Stiefel. So give now and double your donation! (Or at least give the Reddit link an upvote.)

We have a long way to go to reach our goal. Still, I’m confident we’ll do it. We need people to participate and get their friends and family to donate, though. Let’s get to the goal with time to spare!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • JenniferT

    “But this technology, developed by people like Alan Turing and pioneered by people like Richard Stallman, both atheists”

    Indeed, it’s always struck me that “this technology” is very largely the work of atheists and agnostics. There aren’t many, if any, prominent religious computer geeks.

  • Ibis3

    Huh. I expected to find this comment thread full of people bashing Denny Crane and Todd Stiefel (not to mention Hemant himself) for even suggesting doing something beyond mere dictionary atheism. Where are the slurs, the threats of violent assault, the requests for hard data about the incidence of leukemia among atheists? Why no call outs about how divisive campaigns like this are because not everyone gets sick from cancers of the blood and how dare anyone think that charitable fundraising under the atheist banner is important? How about all the principled stands against mixing the purity of atheism with any type of real world activism?

    [crickets]

    Nope? Nothing?

    Funny that.

    • amycas

       It seems the only time that people care about the “purity of atheism” is when women’s issues are being discussed.


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