Atheists: Worse Than Cancer

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.

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.

  • Beaux

    I’ve already contacted my Division Director at ACS. As well as shared Miss Gretna’s post on their FB wall. Unbeknownst to me that it was her words. Thanks lady!

  • MrPopularSentiment

    I wrote to them using the e-mail form on their website. Someone got back to me feeding me the old line about how the atheists were demanding special treatment beyond what was being extended to any other donors. I sent her back a refutation of all her points and she wrote back to say that she was forwarding my e-mail to someone who knew more about the situation and I would hear back from them “shortly.”

    That was September 12.

  • Russell P.

    I think they just realize how other contributors will feel about it and it represents more of a loss than a gain. I don’t think cancer research is a great place to press the atheism cause and they should, if they are really interested in cancer research, donate the money anonymously. Else all they’ve done is put the cancer researchers on the spot, which is rather childish.

    • Aliasalpha

      So the ACS were put on the spot by a group of people acting in exactly the same way as any of the other groups who donate?

    • MrPopularSentiment

      It’s not like this is Atheists vs. Cancer research. There are many organizations out there that fund and/or do cancer research, and we can just as easily donate to a group that does not discriminate based on religion.

      If these people want to make an issue based on the number of gods their donors believe in, that’s their prerogative. If they feel that it’s more cost effective to tell atheists to shove it, so be it. They aren’t the only game in town and we’ll take our money elsewhere.

  • neatospiderplant

    I wonder if it will be an atheist or a christian that finds the cure.