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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 04:18 PM
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"Irreverent atheists crowdsource charitable giving"
http://news.yahoo.com/irreverent-atheists-crowdsource-c...

"GENEVA (Reuters) - Atheist bloggers have shown their charitable side by swarming to donate money to Doctors Without Borders, in what turned into the humanitarian agency's biggest online fundraiser.
Doctors without Borders (DWB), also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, gets about 4,000 hits on its U.S. website on an average Sunday. Last Sunday that number ballooned to 50,000 as a horde of redditors, subscribers to the social media site reddit.com, thundered across the DWB homepage.
Thousands more clicked through from the atheism sub-reddit, a site normally given over to finding holes in religions and picking fights with creationists, and headed for a dedicated site at firstgiving.com, where they have so far given $180,000."

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"Reddit's atheist page, www.reddit.com/r/atheism, boasts more than 300,000 subscribers while the Christianity page has 20,000."

Just scary what "organized atheists" are doing these days!!!
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 04:20 PM
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1. while Cluckheaded flat-Earth fundamentalists can't even figure out
Edited on Fri Dec-09-11 04:21 PM by Warren DeMontague
how to work their phone.
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dmallind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 04:34 PM
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2. militant bastards these organized atheists!
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 04:49 PM
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3. The atheists in my neighborhood keep leaving literature for me to peruse.
Except the pages are all blank.
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 04:53 PM
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4. ROFL n/t
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Thats my opinion Donating Member (804 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 05:07 PM
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6. Why, that's their right.
I never saw such a blank piece, and neither have you.
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 05:38 PM
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8. The atheists in my neighborhood have a fine sense of irony.
Unlike some here who are irony impaired.
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Thats my opinion Donating Member (804 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 05:05 PM
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5. Last week I sent a good check to DWB
It is high on the list of MANY religious people I know, who give because it is following a command of Jesus to heal the sick--no matter who they are--and the right thing to do. I'm happy that atheists also support this cause. Good for all of us!
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beam me up scottie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 06:19 PM
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10. "MANY religious people I know, who give because it is following a command of Jesus to heal the sick"
See, that's the difference, atheists give because it is the right thing to do and ONLY because it is the right thing to do.

If the religious really want to live in a better world they can start by ignoring their god's OTHER commands and stop trying to force the rest of us to live according to their instruction manual.



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Thats my opinion Donating Member (804 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 12:04 AM
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15. whoever does it for whatever reason--good!
Talk about holier than thou!
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ellenfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 05:36 PM
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7. that atheism link? there's no 'there' there. eom
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 05:56 PM
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9. Try the article for original link. I'm not sure it's right even there.
Edited on Fri Dec-09-11 06:00 PM by MarkCharles
Or one might have to be a member of that site.

Or, it might depend upon the date... there are thousands of reddit echo's a day on different topics.

Here's one link I found:

http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/n6arm/ratheism...
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 10:35 PM
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13. The link in the OP has an extra period at the end
Try http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism /

For whatever reason, it's got a cute little reddit-mascot sailing through the Milky Way in a teapot as the header image. I've got no idea why.

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JoeyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 11:09 PM
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14. It's a reference to Russell's cosmic teapot.
Edited on Fri Dec-09-11 11:13 PM by JoeyT
From this Bertrand Russel paragraph:

"Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of skeptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake. If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time."

Edited to add: It's basically an argument that the onus of proof is on the person making the absurd claim. The teapot is the basis for the Invisible Pink Unicorn, which eventually was replaced by the Flying Spaghetti Monster as a popular example.
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 02:17 PM
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17. Oh, thanks
That's pretty cool.

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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 07:33 PM
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11. Ghastly ORGANIZED ATHEISM again
Helping people and such. The horror!
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 07:39 PM
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12. DWB: A charity that cares for people because they're people, and for no other reason.
I'll take that over the "soul"-saving missions of charities like Salvation Army any day. It's a far more altruistic and honorable pursuit.
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 12:06 AM
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16. Another one of those secular charities people claim don't exist
when they're extolling the virtues of religious charities, or lambasting those of us who refuse to give to bigoted organizations like the SA.
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