This May Be the Least Useful Oklahoma Fundraiser

The people in Moore, Oklahoma need a lot of things right now: Food, water, shelter, their families…

So this fundraiser is just mind-boggling:

Moore, Oklahoma was struck by an EF5 tornado on May 20. Many people have nothing left. Lots of folks are helping with basic needs, but they also need Bibles. I found a place that will sell me Bibles for $1 each, if I buy at least 1,000 Bibles. I want to buy more Bibles than that. Please help me get Bibles to the people of Moore, Oklahoma who have lost everything!

And when they’re done reading those Bibles, they can place them on their bookshe–oh, right.

I’m not asking anyone to boycott this fundraiser or anything. It’s just amazing to me, though, that anyone could seriously consider the Bible one of those necessary items after a disaster. I mean, without a magnifying glass or matches, paper isn’t going to be very helpful.

If you really want to get upset, think of how much food or water could have been bought for the same amount of money.

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.

  • Bill

    WTF, on what planet would this action make sense… or productive/useful
    in any sense?

    • Savoy47

      Google “free bibles” there is no shortage of them. So, collect money from the Christians, put it in your pocket and send out the free ones. Makes sense to me.

  • KellyAnne Kitchin
    • Beth

      Cool!

  • Bill

    They would be better off just sending bottles of whiskey!

  • ggsillars

    Next they’ll be raising money to send sand to Saudi Arabia.

  • Jon Anderson

    even more useless than prayer. Wait worse because a grand will buy a whole bunch of cases of water.

  • rbray

    sides as a oklahoman who lives close to the area affected. i don’t know many people who don’t have bibles myself. it’s like giving a drowning man more water.

  • http://dinoharpist.blogspot.com/ Ch81602

    Don’t they have enough Bibles already in Moore? Stuff like food, shelters, clean water, and stuff to rebuild is really what they need! Yesterday I gave $10.00 to Foundation Beyond Belief to use in the relief efforts. All the better to give to the right kind of organization that uses them for real purposes than have the money get donated to those who squander them all on themselves and other worthless crap.

  • SeekerLancer

    Well if they get enough bibles we can glue them together to make temporary shelters maybe.

  • Stev84

    Maybe they can burn the Bibles to keep warm at night.

    • DavidMHart

      I bet Terry Jones is right now working out how to ship thousands of Qurans to the disaster site for people to use as kindling ;-)

  • grneyedmonster

    Well, Oklahoma probably needs toilet paper, too, right?

    • rustygh

      Oh I was so coming in to post that this guys not all bad right now they need some wipes. ツ

      • grneyedmonster

        Great minds think alike! :)

  • Lucilius

    Well, since Venezuela’s bought up the world stock of toilet paper …

    • Hat Stealer

      As it so happens, despite giving you more paper for your buck, Bibles make terrible toilet paper. It sucks to, because now I have this huge surplus of Bibles, and I don’t know what to do with them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrisalgoo Chris Algoo

    I dunno, this could bring a lot of comfort.

    • Mick

      Yeah, the thin bible paper is ideal for rolling cigarettes.

    • Glasofruix

      You can’t even use it as toilet paper…

    • RedGreenInBlue

      Comfort to those sending them, maybe, as the activity might distract them from wondering why their god visited such destruction on a highly religious part of the country…

  • JET

    Well maybe they just didn’t have ENOUGH bibles. I think Pat Robertson said something like that…

    • Michael W Busch

      Clearly, the solution is computer storage. ~500,000 Bibles/cm^3 on microSD cards.

  • Mick

    Anecdote only – I can’t remember the details.

    After the 2004 Asian tsunami a group of Australian Christians were preparing to load a plane with bibles and take them to the devastated areas.

    I don’t think the Australian Government said anything officially, but off the record the Christians were told that any plane going to Asia would be full of food, medicine, and rescue workers – not one bible would be allowed.

  • Tim

    I don’t know, Bibles have a lot of use. For example, whenever I travel and don’t have my bottle opener, I use the Gideon’s Bible in the hotel room to pop the cap off.

  • jdm8

    There certainly isn’t a Bible shortage. Many American Christians probably own ten each on average. Anyone with a smart phone can download one for free.

    So, yes, it’s taking donor money and throwing it away to make the donor feel better.

  • J Michael Carter

    “Thank you for the Bibles; they were delicious.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1220871538 Alan Eckert

    A whole book of rolling papers for only $1? Can’t get a better deal!

  • lindatseed

    Sounds like a scam to me.

  • Jasper

    So, you’re on a plane that’s on a Christian mission to some remote location… but something goes wrong and the plane is forced to crash land.

    Luckily, your team has survival kits to help the group live in this harsh environment. The first box is nothing but Bibles. That’s fine. That’ll help a lot. The next box is another box full of Bibles, in case the first box gets wet or something. The third box is another box full of Bibles, in case the first two are destroyed.

    Is this really how they prepare for disaster, and consider emergency supplies?

    • Stev84

      With enough Bibles you could build a house from them. At least the walls. The roof would be trickier.

  • A3Kr0n

    Palm ♫ palm ♪ palm ♫ face ♪ face ♫ face ♪ ouch ! ouch ! ouch !.

  • Miss_Beara

    Many of them like to do this in times of tragedy. Preying on the people most vulnerable is repulsive.

    • DavidMHart

      I’m not sure it’s preying, exactly – it’s not like getting a bible is going to cause you more harm if your house has already been blown away; it’s just not going to help you.

      I’d say this was more a tragic mis-firing of the human impulse to help out in a disaster. The people who proposed this probably think that a bible is actually the most important thing to give to someone who’s just lost everything … which is sad, but not malicious.

      • baal

        You’re tired, thirsty and wearing the same clothes for 4 days? Here have a book….

        Ok maybe not malicious but highly insensitive and it’s not neutral due to the oppertunity cost of shipping bibles instead of items or cash of more immediate use.

  • Lurker111

    Well it worked after the Haiti earthquake, right? /snark

    • Librepensadora

      The Haitian earthquake was the first thing that came to mind on reading the headline for this story. And how one group of Christians wanted to send Bibles and another wanted to kidnap children to bring them to the US and have them be adopted into “Christian” homes.

    • sara

      It’s very unkind of me, but I was imagining someone who had donated for the solar powered bibles to Haiti receiving one of these donations.

  • Cop Car

    Where will the people of Moore keep the Bible – or any of the other stuff that people are so eager to send to them. Send money.

  • LesterBallard
  • http://www.facebook.com/anonomouse.fred Anonomouse Fred

    Could be worse.
    It could be Ebook versions of the bible.

  • houndies

    wtf!?!?! is pretty much all I can say.

  • Fentwin

    Bibles, about as useful as an emergency supply of lupines.

    • KeithCollyer

      I’m trying to see how wolves would be useful (sorry, sorry, sorry, I couldn’t help it, I guess you meant lupins, but it was too funny to miss)

  • Tucker

    This is a scam. DO NOT CONTRIBUTE. Someone needs to report this woman. There are plenty of organizations who give away Bibles to anyone who wants them.

  • Robster

    The Oklahomans could use the bibles like bricks! May need more than a thousand tho’, with some mortar and a bit of elbow grease, a rather nice home could be constructed. The thick paper would provide a good insulation and the dust covers could well…take care of the dust. Clever builders could construct ‘dogma sections’ for those so inclined along the lines of say a Hate Hallway, Bigotry Bathroom, a Ludicrous Laundry, Kill them all Kitchen and so much more fun with a Bible flavour. There’d be room no doubt, for a Talking Snake cage and a built in burning bush for Winter heat. No food? No worry. Dry, tasteless wafers and a nice red wine is all you need and if you’re a bit short don’t forget a few magic loaves and fishes, batter not included. Need help to rebuild? Why not get a slave, the bible says you can and even provides advise for punishment. Bibles, just can’t get enough.

  • Garret Shane Brown

    These people need bibles again so they can go back to not reading them!

  • Ron

    I’ve seen this happen before. As I told the woman who coordinated an effort among local churches to send 4,000 bibles to Russia some years ago, “If you’re ever living in a refrigerator carton under the bridge, doing your shopping at dumpsters and getting your meals from garbage cans, I hope the person who comes to help you will bring you something more than a bible.” I don’t think she ever got the point.

  • ImRike

    I wonder how she would feel if she was the survivor of a disaster and somebody would send her a Koran?

  • heather

    I went to Moore Memorial Day weekend to help prepare hot food for the victims and the volunteers. A Salvation Army volunteer took a shine to me ( I never told him my beliefs) and asked me to go along on a mobile canteen to help deliver said food. I must say I was quite impressed. We handed out the food and cold drinks and they prayed for people only when they wanted it. And not a bible in sight….bags of skittles for the kids though!


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