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Old 12-12-2011, 05:52 PM
 
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Originally Posted by -Lucy- View Post
What do atheist, particularly 'American atheist' do to help support people in need, with money etc.?

Many, if not all, churches do help people in need, such as donating stuff to the poor, to the homeless, sick and targeted people. They even cook meals for those many hungry people out there.
Many things actually.

There is the Austin group - Atheists Helping the homeless.

Atheists Helping the Homeless

There is an atheist team on Kiva.org. It has donated more as a team than any other team there.

Kiva - Kiva Lending Team: Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Freethinkers, Secular Humanists and the Non-Religious
Atheist Monkey

Foundation Beyond Belief is another atheist charity.

Foundation Beyond Belief | Focusing, encouraging, and demonstrating humanistic generosity.

Here's a larger list of secular charities that many atheists support. These are not specifically atheist, but they are not faith based.

Effort Sisyphus: Atheist Charities

 
Old 12-13-2011, 03:38 AM
 
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What do atheist, particularly 'American atheist' do to help support people in need, with money etc.?
Quite a lot in fact. There does not exist a charity on earth to my knowledge for which there is not a secular equivalent for example. This great story (http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Atheist+redditors+raise+cash+Doctors+Without+Borde rs/5847196/story.html - broken link) only this week is worth reading too.

Further statistics are there showing that per capita charity is higher in secular countries like Denmark then in religious countries like the US.

So all in all the answer to your question is that atheists do all the same things theists do, often better. Not only that but they are doing it for purely selfless reasons and not to please their imaginary friend in the sky.

However if your last thread is anything to go by you are not actually interested in answers, but in ignoring the vast majority of the replies to your thread while posting the occasional non-sequitur to fuel the fire.
 
Old 12-13-2011, 05:32 AM
 
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Y'all are BOTH ridiculous. Some atheists and some Christians do great things. And some are hypocrites. Some donate lots of money. Some can't and some don't. The point is?
 
Old 12-13-2011, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Christians help themselves first, with these monuments they build to demonstrate their ignorance by worshiping bronze age fictional characters.

They spend a great deal of money sending people to spread their bronze age ignorance into other cultures.

There are three professions that make their living with their mouth, politicians, preachers and prostitutes, and I support none of them with my $$$.

Atheists donate to charities where a much greater portion goes to actually helping people. Atheist actually get off their butt and go an do something to help others.

There's only one thing I can add to this post -
"Without expecting a reward, or a tradeoff on their 'sin calendar' ".
Otherwise, it is perfect.
Good job, Asheville Native!
 
Old 12-13-2011, 07:30 AM
 
Location: One Nation Under God - USA
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OP: you simply had to do a 10-second search to get a slew of answers. Here is one:

Atheists are the most generous

From above source:
The current most charitable individuals in the United States, based on “Estimated Lifetime Giving,” are:
1) Warren Buffett (atheist, donated $40.785 billion to “health, education, humanitarian causes”)
2) Bill & Melinda Gates (atheists, donated $27.602 billion to “global health and development, education”)
3) George Soros (atheist, donated $6.936 billion to “open and democratic societies”)

Note all this was/ is being done simply because they WANT TO donate, not because this gets them "brownie" points with a supposed lord.
False.

Warren Buffett is agnostic (NOT atheist).

Bill Gates is agnostic (NOT atheist).
Melinda Gates is Roman Catholic.

George Soros is agnostic (NOT atheist).

Please do a 10 secon research and you'll find out.
Atheist and agnostic are not same thing.

Atheist = Mainly Anti-religion, Don't believe in God at all.
Agnostic = Not sure whether God excist or not (Don't deny God at least - Not Anti-religion either)

Anyway my question was atheist as a group/community together, not what individual people were doing.
 
Old 12-13-2011, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Anyway my question was atheist as a group/community together, not what individual people were doing.
Do you have a problem with this very simple concept?

"Atheist" is a singular noun.

The plural of "atheist" (that is, if you are talking about more than one atheist) is "atheists".
 
Old 12-13-2011, 08:08 AM
 
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Anyway my question was atheist as a group/community together, not what individual people were doing.
In which case your question is essentially meaningless. "Atheism" is a negative grouping. What that means is you are grouping people by what they are not, rather than by what they are.

There is no real atheist "community" any more than there is a community for people who do not collect stamps. If you understand why asking "What are people who do not collect stamps doing for charity" you will understand why your own thread is similarly ludicrous.
 
Old 12-13-2011, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Katonah, NY
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False.

Warren Buffett is agnostic (NOT atheist).

Bill Gates is agnostic (NOT atheist).
Melinda Gates is Roman Catholic.

George Soros is agnostic (NOT atheist).

Please do a 10 secon research and you'll find out.
Atheist and agnostic are not same thing.

Atheist = Mainly Anti-religion, Don't believe in God at all.
Agnostic = Not sure whether God excist or not (Don't deny God at least - Not Anti-religion either)

Anyway my question was atheist as a group/community together, not what individual people were doing.
Once again - where is all this bigotry stemming from? Honestly - carrying around hatred and anger is not good.

Your questions is sort of like - what do all the people that don't like football do during the Superbowl... together! As if all the people that aren't interested in football are all interested in the exact same alternative thing and make plans together. Well - the same goes for those that aren't interested in religion. They don't all have the same alternative beliefs or interests. Christianity is an organized religion. Most sects have churches, congregations, programs, etc. Atheism is not an organized religion. It is not a religion - so what is there to organize? So while there might be charities that were started by atheists - the majority of atheists give individually and not as a part of any group - since once, again, it is not an organized religion. Just like people who aren't into football don't join an anti-fantasy football league.

Why the prejudice towards atheists? Why do you keep making up things and trying to find ways to prove your points that aren't true?
 
Old 12-13-2011, 08:52 AM
 
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Anyway my question was atheist as a group/community together, not what individual people were doing.
First, as a life long atheist, I never heard of this group until I met the many theists in quest of someone or something different to express their bronze age ignorance born hatred at, here on C-D. Your false and trumped up indignation shows the bias of the word atheist, for there are many groups that defend freedom against ignorance, no matter the source. The ACLU will also defend anyone against the bias, bigotry and hatred of the bronze age, they just don't have the special word to hate in their name........

So I Google'ed them and found that charity is not the purpose, but that their purpose is to protect everyone from the ignorance born hatred of bronze age ignorance. I now recognize that this group successfully removed mandatory prayer from schools, an exercise in utter ignorance in a place where knowledge should be the focus. Protecting the US Constitution and the principals this country was founded upon from the ritualistic pagan bronze age practices of talking to imaginary friends by rote in unison........ a practice that is as stupid as it gets... and crammed down every school kids throat.

They also don't pass the collection plate to support some verbal prostitute to tell you tales of the bronze age and live the good life on tax deducted money, or to build lavish buildings to provide shelter in which to perform the pagan ceremonies and talk to the imaginary bronze age comic book character(s). And the utter ignorant arrogance of sending missionaries to a different culture to tell them they are going to hell unless they change and believe the pure BS we are going to tell you. That is insanely stupid and arrogant

Yes, churches and religious groups do some charitable work, but the overhead to worship bronze age mythical characters is excessive, vulgar, and demonstrates the greed of religion on the backs of many that cannot afford to tithe, but do so because they have been scared into it by the threat of 'hell'.

Atheist donate time, money, and goods to worthy charities, without passing it through the greedy hands of those living off the perpetuation of silly superstitious fears from the bronze age, that are skimming 60%, 70%, 80% or more off the top.
 
Old 12-13-2011, 08:59 AM
 
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False.

Warren Buffett is agnostic (NOT atheist).

Bill Gates is agnostic (NOT atheist).
Melinda Gates is Roman Catholic.

George Soros is agnostic (NOT atheist).

Please do a 10 secon research and you'll find out.
Atheist and agnostic are not same thing.

Atheist = Mainly Anti-religion, Don't believe in God at all.
Agnostic = Not sure whether God excist or not (Don't deny God at least - Not Anti-religion either)

Anyway my question was atheist as a group/community together, not what individual people were doing.
You've already got examples of a few groups in nana's post - I just did a quick google search and clicked one of the first that came up, here are some examples:

Atheist Volunteers

Highlights:

"The atheists on Reddit have managed to hit their goal and raise over $60,000 for Doctors Without Borders! They have moved their goal because giving is so much fun, why stop? The new goal is $75,000!"

"The American Humanist Association is raising money for Haiti relief..."

etc etc etc

So as you can see (mainly in nanas post), there are numerous groups doing good deeds inspired solely out of the desire to help one another out.
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