Friday, October 19, 2007

Atheist Philanthropy

Greeting everybody... sorry that I haven't posted anything new here in more than a week, but I was qutie busy at a work-related conference this week in Las Vegas. And yes, I did work, not play... (I'm not a gambler anyway).

On to the point of this post. One of the annoying little things that the faithful regularly "pull out" when they try to denigrate atheists is the philanthopy card. That is, they say something like "Well, it is always Christians who give to the needy and charitable causes... you never see atheists doing that!"

This is a red herring, of course, but it is also a big fat old lie. First of all, let me state that I admire the charitable causes taken on by many christians. There are tons of good people "out there" giving of themselves to help others that are less fortunate. When they do this without proselytizing (that eliminates a bunch of 'em) I think this is great.

With that said, here is a wonderful blog post that highlights many examples of atheists giving to charities.