ACS Controversy: This Is God Damn Unacceptable

I am not generally one to flat out ask people to re-post something. Articles should go viral on their own merit. Let me assure you that Greta Christina’s recent Alternet piece on the continuing American Cancer Society controversy has merit, and it needs to be seen by people. Read it. Share it. Tell others to share it. If you think those discriminating against atheists should be made to own that discrimination in public rather than in concealed silence, then share this article.

Greta catches the ACS absolutely red-handed. They are lying to cover their tracks (and doing a piss poor job of it) in refusing a metric shit-ton of cash from atheist philanthropist Todd Stiefel. She also exposes their tactic of painting the atheists as the bad guys once the story broke. This includes not only the atheists trying to give them a pile of money with which to fight cancer, but also the atheists (and believers) who have rushed to the ACS’s social sites in a cloud of WTF to express their shock and displeasure that they’d rather delay the cure for cancer than let atheists assist them as equals.

It’s enough to make you sick. For decades the response to this type of thing has been to accept that atheists are a reviled demographic and to not make life difficult for groups like the ACS by making waves. Still today, there will be atheists saying this is the best course of action to take.

Those people can go spend some intimate time with a cactus as far as I’m concerned.

The ACS has said it will take our filthy atheist money, but only if we stop asking for the same participatory privileges the ACS encourages of other groups (we want a youth affiliate in Relay for Life – the horror!). They will deign to accept our charitable contribution, but only if we relegate ourselves to a subjacent, inferior class on account of our disbelief in god.

Fuck. That. Noise.

This is unacceptable. It is degrading. And if you’re willing to roll over and accept that position rather than causing a fuss, get the hell off my blog.

For the rest of you with some dignity who are still here, make them accountable. Do your part to make sure as many eyes see this article as humanly possible. Spam the “Suggest a Story to Rachel Maddow” page with the article. Put it on your facebook wall, G+, reddit, call the fucking president.

Make it so.

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.


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