Kansas City Atheists Want to Raise Funds for Local Charity After It Was Robbed

Last week, volunteers with the Mattie Rhodes Center (a non-profit charity in Missouri) were cleaning up graffiti in the community. But when they arrived at their site on Friday, the garage where they stored all their supplies had been broken into — leaving them without $800 worth of paint and art supplies.

The Kansas City Atheist Coalition is trying to help them raise the missing funds, so if you’d like to chip in, you can do so here:

KCAC seeks to not only to help its community of nonbelievers but also the community at large. To that end, we would like to ask you in helping us raise funds to help this community organization recover the costs of replacing these art supplies. The donations are entirely voluntary, but we recommend a $10. With your help, we can not only continue to help improve the lives of children and families in the Kansas City community, but continue to demonstrate how, without any need of a god, atheists can be a source of support when our communities are in need.

Any additional funds will be given to the charity, so there’s no problem if we raise over $800!

(Thanks to Josh for the link)

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  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Donated $50. Go KCAC!
    I hope that the same 41 Action News as well as others cover the follow-up story that atheists raised enough to replace the materials.

    • Secular_Tom

      You really don’t know how to be humble, do you?

      “I hope that the same 41 Action News as well as others cover the
      follow-up story that atheists raised enough to replace the materials.”

      Yes, because atheists only care that they get noticed for being seen as “good people”. Fucking dick.

      • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

        Hi Secular Tom,
        I don’t understand your hostility. if you read the KCAC message above, it contains this:

        With your help, we can not only continue to help improve the lives of children and families in the Kansas City community, but continue to demonstrate how, without any need of a god, atheists can be a source of support when our communities are in need.

        KCAC clearly states that they want to to both. They want to participate in helping their community, and, to counteract the continuous slander that is prevalent in society that atheists are selfish and unhelpful, they also want to be seen doing that help. There is nothing wrong with that, and there is nothing in the second motive that cancels out or in any way sullies the first motive.

        I expressed my hope that they successfully demonstrate to the public their caring participation in the community by getting some press. There is nothing in that that says that’s the only motive I have, or the only motive they have, or the only motive that is important.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Funny how you never see Joe Klein cleaning up graffiti.

    (Note) If that brought a laugh, a chuckle, a smile, or even just a smirk to you, please donate $10 toward this fund. We can make a positive difference. Joe can go pound…
    …keys.

  • A3Kr0n

    It would be neat if they painted wall, and put a tick-tac-toe on it somewhere. See if someone fills in a square, and engage the “night artists” in a little friendly game. Maybe they would join the painting effort later if given the chance?

  • Bill

    Atheists, leave this to the people who actually care about the community, and aren’t trying to make themselves look good every time something like this happens. Thanks.

    • Tom

      Quite aside from everything else wrong with your post: if you’re not an atheist, what made you think this article was even addressed to you?

      • Bill

        I am an atheist and my point was I’m sick of doing these things so we can be seen as good in the eyes of religious people

        • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

          Then you are very welcome to not do these things, no problem, no hard feelings.

          KCAC is part of that community, and they are reaching out to another community of which they’re also a part, the community of atheists elsewhere in the country, for more resources. I think they want to help because they genuinely care, not just because they want to “look good” in some phony way. They also want to demonstrate publicly that they care, because they and atheists everywhere are constantly lied about by bigoted religious people who say that we are selfish and uncaring.

          As I said to Secular Tom, there’s nothing wrong with that, and it does not make the simple desire to help false or insincere. If we only anonymously, quietly, and invisibly do good things for our home towns, never letting on who we are, then the bigots have nothing contradicting their lies, and the lies become more deeply entrenched in society’s views of atheists.

          If you don’t want to participate, fine, but I don’t think you should assume that others have only the most shallow or self-serving of motives, or that wanting to improve our public image is not a worthy goal.


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