Catholic Blogger Claims Non-Christians Are Incapable of Helping Others on a Large Scale

Last month, Catholic blogger Rebecca Hamilton made a really nasty accusation against people who didn’t believe in her God, suggesting they could never seriously help other people in times of need:

Christians, unlike their critics, build hospitals and schools, go on missions to help those in need where help is needed. Christians donate massive amounts of money to aid those in need. They run toward disasters, rather than away from them, to give aid and comfort.

These people were not paid for their efforts. No one asked them to do it. They simply responded to need because that is what Our Lord told them to do.

In all these things, the difference is Jesus.

She won’t admit it because it would ruin her narrative, but this is obviously, objectively, and harmfully wrong.

If anyone made similar accusations about any other group of people, maybe there would be a bigger outcry, but we’re used to this kind of anti-atheist prejudice. No doubt there are good religious charities out there, but there’s no lack of openly non-religious ones either.

Instead of pointing you to the myriad organizations that do good work explicitly without God, I asked Hemley Gonzalez to respond to her.

Hemley is the founder of the Humanist group Responsible Charity and literally works in the slums of India to improve lives.

This is what he told me (via email, with slight edits):

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This Animated Science Infographic About Birth is Incredible

Eleanor Lutz created this animated infographic about birth that you need to see in full size on her site to really experience.



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Guess Who’s Mad About the Atheist Billboards in Chicago?

The Illinois Family Institute’s Laurie Higgins is very unhappy with the run of atheist billboards that just went up around Chicago.

She’d also like to point out that my billboard omits some information: “It’s curious that the billboard doesn’t identify Mehta as a public high school teacher.” In fact, she went ahead and mentioned the school’s name in her article (just to make sure they see it in their Google Alerts, I’m sure).

You know, there are some very simple reasons for that:

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South Carolina School District Promises to Stop Fundraising for a Local Church’s Mission Work

Oakbrook Elementary School in Summerville, South Carolina ran a teacher-led fundraiser recently with all proceeds supporting missions sponsored by the Old Fort Baptist Church:



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Because You Want to Put That Christmas Money to Good Use…

Foundation Beyond Belief has done so much over the past year. We began as a vehicle for Humanists to support great charities, but we’ve expanded so much over the past year. We’ve sent volunteers overseas to do “secular missionary work” (minus the proselytizing) as part of the Pathfinders Project. We’ve also created a large network of volunteers — including on-the-ground disaster relief response when needed (Ed Brayton has more on that here).

There’s a small staff to oversee this work and keep everything running smoothly, and we could use your support to keep these projects going.



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