Are Religious People Really More Generous Than Atheists? A New Study Puts That Myth to Rest

Last year, a study released by The Chronicle of Philanthropy suggested that the most religious states were also the most charitable:

Donors in Southern states, for instance, give roughly 5.2 percent of their discretionary income to charity — both to religious and to secular groups — compared with donors in the Northeast, who give 4.0 percent.

Before you jump to conclusions that religion and generosity were somehow connected, keep in mind that those numbers included giving “both to religious and to secular groups”… In other words, church counted as charity.

But when you excluded donations given to churches and religious groups, the map changed dramatically, giving an edge to the least religious states in the country:

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How Atheists Can Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses How atheists can help victims of Typhoon Haiyan:

A quick note: After Foundation Beyond Belief quickly raised $50,000 for Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, we realized there was also a strong need for medical and search-and-rescue missions in the area, so we decided to send all additional donations to Team Rubicon, “an outstanding organization of military veterans repurposing their skills for disaster relief.” Therefore, all crisis donations through FBB will be sent to them.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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Atheists Support Recovery Efforts in the Philippines After Super Typhoon Haiyan

As we speak, the people of the Philippines are suffering the after-effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

A day after Super Typhoon Haiyan roared into the Philippines, officials predicted that the death toll could reach 1,200 or more.

“We estimate 1,000 people were killed in Tacloban and 200 in Samar province,” Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, said of two coastal areas where Haiyan hit first as it began its march Friday across the archipelago.

That’s just what we know right now. The devastation by the time you read this is likely much, much higher. It has been described as the most powerful storm in recorded history and we need to take action immediately to help those who are struggling in its wake.

The Foundation Beyond Belief is asking atheists (and anyone else who would like to join us) to help with the relief efforts:

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Join My Virtual Light the Night Team for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

This weekend, I’ll be joining a large group of heathens in Chicago for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night walk. We have a number of Secular Student Alliance teams that will be there, but I’m running the Friendly Atheist Virtual Team!

If you’re not already walking and would like to chip in for the occasion, your donations would go a long way toward my personal goal of raising $2,500 (and your gift will be matched by the Stiefel Freethought Foundation!), so please consider giving something.

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These Two Kids Will Make You Want to Give to Charity

Last year, 7-year-old Lylah saved more than $200 by doing chores and donated it all to Toys for Tots. This year, she has a new focus with her giving:

This year I have been saving all year for the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust. My goal is to pay tuition for two kids to attend school for four years. This includes meals and uniforms. I would also like to fundraise to help with improvements. I am reaching out for your help, please donate and lets change the life of someone in need.


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