Questionable Motives

January 17, 2010

Non-Believers Giving Aid

Filed under: Atheism,Disaster relief,Haiti — tildeb @ 2:32 pm

Preachers and televangelists, mullahs and imams, often seem almost to gloat over natural disasters – presenting them as payback for human transgressions, or for ‘making a pact with the devil’. Earthquakes and tsunamis are caused not by ‘sin’ but by tectonic plate movements, and tectonic plates, like everything else in the physical world, are supremely indifferent to human affairs and sadly indifferent to human suffering. Those of us who understand this reality are sometimes accused of being indifferent to that suffering ourselves. Of course the very opposite is the truth: we do not hide behind the notion that earthly suffering will be rewarded in a heavenly paradise, nor do we expect a heavenly reward for our generosity: the understanding that this is the only life any of us have makes the need to alleviate suffering even more urgent. The myth that it is only the religious who truly care is sustained largely by the fact that they tend to donate not as individuals, but through their churches. Non-believers, by contrast, give as individuals: we have no church through which to give collectively, no church to rack up statistics of competitive generosity. Non-Believers Giving Aid is not a church (that’s putting it mildly) but it does provide an easy conduit for the non-religious to help those in desperate need, whilst simultaneously giving the lie to the canard that you need God to be good.

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1 Comment »

  1. I am an Atheist, and I donate regularly to charity, in fact monthly automatically. The WWF is one charity I donate to.

    Interestingly a religious person I know accused me of being heartless for giving money to the WWF rather than to Oxfam or a human aid organisation.

    I quietly pointed out to him, that I give to WWF not only to help the environment on which we are all part of, but also because I am aware that the WWF encourages people who live and work locally in areas like the rain forests to make a business out of conservation.

    This stops people from ruining the environment for a quick profit; in favour of a sustainable income for their generations; which is more beneficial to everyone in the world as well as providing people with jobs and prevents people making war.

    People who are busy caring for life are generally happy and contented with making peace.

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — January 21, 2010 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

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