God sends tornado, atheists rush to help, Republicans sit on thumbs

I spent most of the last decade in Springfield, Missouri, about an hour from the city of Joplin.  This last weekend, Joplin was flattened by the most deadly tornado in decades.  The death toll presently sits at 124, with over 750 injured and 1,500 still missing.  Immediately afterward, Katie Hartman and the Missouri State University Church of the FSM, my old atheist group, had organized people to get to blood drives and to help with disaster relief.  I am incredibly proud of them.

What was the Republican party doing, you wonder?

The No. 2 House Republican said that if Congress doles out additional money to assist in the aftermath of natural disasters across the country, the spending may need to be offset.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said “if there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental.”

If it’s a fetus, dump funding into protecting them at all cost!  If it’s actual human beings, sorry, we’re just not sure the money’s there.

God damn, these goons are evil.  Although, if they’re up for suggestions, I know a place they could start cutting money so they could commit a pittance into repairing a whole fucking city.

Thanks to Amber and Dad for this story.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.