Atheists Giving Aid is still raising money to help cover the costs of the funerals and counseling for the victims of the Newtown massacre and their families. They’ve raised $18,000 so far, but they’re hoping to get to $50,000:
On MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, an Atheist Talks About the Non-Religious Response to the Newtown Massacre
Yesterday, on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry (guest hosted by Joy Reid), one of the guests was friend-of-the-blog Chris Stedman to talk about the importance of including atheists in “interfaith” efforts as well as the problem of religious figures blaming the tragedy on the notion of church/state separation (“You kicked God out of school! No wonder he’s not protecting us!”)…
Chris begins speaking around the 6:30 mark in the first video and 2:11 in the second video: [Read more...]
In periods following great tragedy, like we saw at Newtown, churches provide a lot of comfort, albeit with their wishful statements that the victims are in a better place or that this was all part of God’s plan.
Atheists don’t have the luxury of false hope. But that makes it hard to cope with loss. It’s even harder when you’re trying to explain death to children without invoking the supernatural.
This weekend, he’s getting some positive attention from the San Francisco Chronicle: [Read more...]