Boston Atheists and Secular Coalition for Massachusetts Release Statement About Marathon Explosions

Two of the larger atheist organizations in the state, Boston Atheists and the Secular Coalition for Massachusetts, just released this statement:

We know that we’re not alone among atheists and other secular people in wanting to show sympathy and support in response to today’s tragedy. Although prayer isn’t for us an option, we are ready to help by working with the Red Cross and other emergency and community organizations in any way possible.

Leaders of local secular organizations like the Boston Atheists and the Secular Coalition for Massachusetts have been diligently monitoring communications for any opportunity to respond constructively to the tragic events of the day. We may have a different religious perspective, but on days like today, those differences pale in comparison to what brings us all together as members of the community.

Our thanks go to the first responders and other support staff have came to the aid of the victims in Copley Square today, and who have been working since then to protect our safety. Above all, our thoughts and compassion are with the victims and their families.

Zachary Bos, Co-chair, Secular Coalition for Massachusetts
Massachusetts State Director, American Atheists
Immediate Past President, Boston Atheists

Ellery Schempp, Co-chair, Secular Coalition for Massachusetts

Mr. Josiah Van Vliet, President, Boston Atheists

They also suggested ways people could help or get help:

  1. Offer to babysit for friends or neighbors who because of today’s events would be helped by such support
  2. Sign up for aid appeals from the Red Cross
  3. As requested by the Boston Police Department, call 1-800-494-TIPS if you have any information about today’s events
  4. Fill out this form if you need a place to stay tonight in Boston. A list of people who have space to offer can be found here.


About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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