Moore, Oklahoma got mangled by tornadoes last night. Interestingly, nobody is saying it’s because Oklahoma is too friendly to gay people.
The same god who conceived of natural disasters and who watched the devastating storm with indifference is being equally inert when it comes to answering prayers of the victims. However, human beings are answering as many prayers as their perspicacity and efforts allow – not because they were prayed to or bribed with affection, but because suffering moves good people in a way it clearly doesn’t move any gods.
While it’s clearly not omnipotence at work, the labor of humankind has the happy effect of being better than nothing (and being the best we have available by a long shot). If you’d like to join in and throw some money at relief efforts that you know will go entirely toward relief and not, in any part, to comforting survivors with fantasies expressed as reality, then you have options. We Are Atheism is going to head down there personally:
How can we guarantee this will go directly to people that need assistance? Well, for the first time since we started this charity, we plan to hand deliver aid to people in that town once the rescue workers leave and people try to rebuild their lives. We have local contacts that will assist us in finding those in need. We will physically spend up to a week there (if need be) to help give money and help to those that need it but haven’t gotten it.
Foundation Beyond Belief is also raising money for relief efforts. As I always say: this blog has a few thousand regular readers. Even if you all donate $1, that’s a few thousand dollars. That makes a difference. Don’t think you can’t help just because you’re one person (with one dollar).