By now, most of us have read Greta Christina‘s thorough reaming of the American Cancer Society for refusing what would have ultimately been a $500,000 donation from Foundation Beyond Belief and the Stiefel Freethought Foundation.
Initially I was thrilled! I assumed that cancer had been cured. Then it turned out that they didn’t take the money because it was being given by people who think the concept of someone rising from the dead is silly. Maybe that’s it! If we can all go to heaven, or rise from the dead, then it doesn’t matter how many people cancer kills! Why would we even need to dump all that money into scientific research? Death ain’t so bad!
That’s why they didn’t take the money! If we go around finding the cure and extending this lifetime all willy nilly, people might start to think that this life is not just a holding tank for paradise, and cancer would be really depressing then. Wait, then why does the ACS exist at all? Could it be that they do want to find the cure for cancer, they just don’t want atheists helping?
Wow, shitty move by the ACS. An organization dedicated to the elimination of cancer would rather hamstring the search for a cure than be associated with people who don’t believe in an afterlife. If cancer is their enemy, they’ve made the announcement that atheists are a more sinister enemy. To call this an insult would qualify me for the gold medal at making understatements. Fortunately, thanks to the popularity of Greta’s article, the ACS facebook page is getting inundated with outrage. Go add your voice. This is not something to be suffered quietly.
And, as a note to self, do not ever, ever, under any circumstances fuck with Greta Christina. Gee whiz that woman can carve through some bullshit and make it sting.