I Love How This Hospital Thanked a Group of Atheists for Donating Gifts to Patients

Last month, as part of their “War on Christmas” campaign, the Minnesota Atheists donated two carloads worth of toys and gifts to patients at the Children’s Hospital of Minnesota.

Group President Eric Jayne just got a thank you note from the hospital. It reads like a typical form letter until you get to the second paragraph…



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Secular Groups Send Money to Charlie Hebdo in a Show of Solidarity

In response to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the Freedom From Religion Foundation just sent the staff a donation of $20,000:



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I Don’t Think These Atheists Understand the Whole “War on Christmas” Thing

The St. Paul Pioneer Press has a story about atheists during Christmas and it’s… surprisingly upbeat and positive!



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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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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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