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18 January 2010

The Irreligious Give Aid

A criticism that is frequently leveled against the godless is that we believe in nothing save ourselves, or that we're only out for number one. Although examples of such solipsistic individuals surely exist, it's a ludicrous generalisation, and one that doesn't really warrant a response other than a slow, sad shake of the head.

The missus and I have lunch every December with a group of her family friends. Although we used to exchange gifts, it was decided that this time 'round we would donate to charity—a decision that was lauded by all. Unfortunately, the charity that they chose (being fairly serious Christians as well as folks who don't generally think about these sorts of things) was World Vision.

World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God. [From their mission statement. Emphasis added.]

I'd prefer that none of my money goes toward proselytism. While the envelope was being passed around, I pulled out my iPhone and made a donation to UNICEF, instead.

For those of you who haven't yet heard about the massive earthquake that killed upwards of 200,000 people last week . . . well, now you have. If you have some money to spare, I urge you to go to and donate whatever you can. It will save lives, will serve the secondary purpose of reminding those in need of reminders that we, too, care about the safety and happiness of others. Perhaps even more than some deities I know.

Via Pharyngula.

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