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.

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.

  • http://www.remijdio.com Nick Johnson

    I hope my evil atheist vampire blood is good enough! I’ve never given blood but my wife and I are going to go give today.
    If people can’t give blood and want to help in any other way missouri has a disaster relief fund set up. You can reach it via the link:

  • Alisha M.

    I’ve always said this about Republicans–they only give a crap about a person when they’re a fetus and make a big deal about fetuses being born, regardless of the situation they’re born into. But, as soon as a person is born, they cease to be important, and Republicans insist on cutting programs left and right to get rid of anything that might actually help some struggling person. Apparently, quality of life doesn’t matter at all–as long as they exist? I never have understood the fundamentalist Christian resistance to helping the poor and needy in any way or how it relates to Christianity (as people describe it to me anyway).

  • Katie Tims

    Damn. Just damn. >.<

  • http://www.remijdio.com Nick Johnson

    Alisha, talk to a republican face to face and watch how they glow when you mention money. My wife and I talked to our state senator about tobacco related laws in Missouri and he pretty much ignored all of the health data she told him. But the moment she said that business revenue went up, even during the recession, in light of the smoke free ordinance in our town he lit up like a fregin christmas tree.
    This coupled with the private, fake conversation Gov. Scott Walker had with one of the “Koch brothers” shows what republicans really find important.
    “Oh you’re born? Imma go back to being a self-centered asshole now k thnx.” -Republican Motto
    Not to mention their hatred for socialists even though if Jesus were alive today he’d probably be a socialist. /rant >:-/