In one single day a new atheist charity received donations of $80,000 from as many as 3,400 donors-and the donations keep rolling in (apparently from atheists). By day three they raised $113,000.Who said that there were no atheist charities and or that atheists are not charitable?
And as for those of you who though that Prof. Richard Dawkins was an old fuddy-duddy he is more charitable than thou as he committed to match donations up to $9,300.
But what is this hugely successful charity?
A homeless shelter?A hospital fund?A soup kitchen?An adoption agency?A disaster relief organization?A gang intervention unit?A drug and alcohol treatment center?Relief for those suffering from the worldwide financial crisis?
Anything that will actually help someone in need?
The “charity” is mean to fund a campaign to place ads on buses in London.I am afraid that this comment will not seem charitable but I think that, at least on rare occasion, atheists should think outside of the box and not simply make statements with which their peers agree and chortle in unison.The ads will state, “There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”
Ariane Sherine, chimed in with another well-within-the-box statement, “Atheists believe this is the only life we have, and we should enjoy it.”1 What is the answer of the theist? “Theists believe this is the only life we have, and that it continues beyond the material realm, and we should enjoy it.”
The Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association, Hanne Stinson, stated, “We wanted it to be a positive message.” I suppose that sometimes what you “wanted” to do does not turn out to be what you end up doing.
“Do, or do not.There is no ‘try.’”-Jedi Master, Yoda
Ariane Sherine, who conceived of the campaign, “said that ‘probably’ was included to ensure that the posters didn’t breach transit advertising regulations, which stipulate that ads should not offend religious people.”2Let us do the math here: if we take the sentence “There is probably no God” and we subtract the regulation required qualifying term “probably” we end up with “There is no God.” I guess this atheist does not understand atheism (or does not adhere to the tenets of the New Atheism).
Oddly, and unfortunately without further elucidation, the Associate Press reported that “Dawkins said that as an atheist he ‘wasn’t wild’ about the ad’s assertion that there was ‘probably’ no God.”3 Apparently, he would have preferred the “There is no God” reading. His reaction may be again the regulations placed upon ads. However, either way he seems to be opting for the positive affirmation of God’s non-existence position. Although, this is quite odd considering that he titled one of the chapters in his book The God Delusion “Why There Almost Certainly is No God.” And I am not aware of any regulatory restrictions being placed upon his book. A Prof. Richard Dawkins inspired ad may have read thusly, “”There is almost certainly no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”
Furthermore, note that the ad is pretty mild, at least by New Atheist standards. However, never to be outdone by mild statements, Prof. Richard Dawkins chimed in and stated another atheist myth, “This campaign to put alternative slogans on London buses will make people think – and thinking is anathema to religion.”I don’t know what to think about that. Although, Methodist Church Rev. Jenny Ellis stated, “We are grateful to Richard [Dawkins] for his continued interest in God and for encouraging people to think about these issues.”
“The religious think tank Theos said it had donated $82 to the campaign, on the grounds that the ads were so bad they would probably attract people to religion…Theos director Paul Woolley [stated] ‘Stunts like this demonstrate how militant atheists are often great adverts for Christianity.’”4
Two donators donated the following statements along with their funds:”Hoorah for the non-believers!””Spread the word, and consign this superstitious nonsense to the dustbin of history! America, are you listening?”Just what are we supposed to think? “Yes, we heard you loud and clear from across the pond and can see that you are quite please with your quaint British wit but atheist’s urban legends are not the erudition which you claim them to be.”Should ads be placed on buses responding thusly, “There probably is a God. I am not worried and my life is filled with joy. Please, stop wasting money publicizing your personal prejudice and help someone in need.