Trying Not To Be Uncharitable

Non-Believers Giving Aid: a religion-free way to help disaster victims

We have set up a new dedicated bank account and PayPal facility in the new name of Non-Believers Giving Aid. All of the money donated will be distributed to disaster relief.

Clearly the immediate need is for the suffering people of Haiti, and all the money raised by this current appeal will go to that cause, but the new account will remain available for future emergencies too. There are, of course, many ways for you to donate to relief organizations already, but doing it through Non-Believers Giving Aid offers some advantages:

1. 100% of your donation will be go to these charities: not even the PayPal fees will be deducted from your donation, since Richard will personally donate a sum to cover the cost of these (capped at $10,000). This means that more of your money will reach the people in need.

2. When donating via Non-Believers Giving Aid, you are helping to counter the scandalous myth that only the religious care about their fellow-humans.

Read the whole document here. It is good to help the poor and afflicted. But doesn't it seem a little childish to start a fundraising drive based on proving that your group is the more charitable one? I can understand that Dr. Dawkins would be unhappy with the notion that only religious people would help the poor, because clearly that is not the case. We all know we should help those in need, but why?

It cannot be denied that those in the Jewish and Christian religions (and other religions as well) are commanded to help the poor because God is love, and as humans we bare the image of God, and loving your neighbor means coming to their aid when disaster strikes, and so on. The Bible has hundreds of verses to this effect. Jesus preached this message to his followers and the apostles also continued to teach the same. Now, not all Christian or religious individuals are charitable people, but that is to their own shame because the commandment is there plain to see.

By contrast, how does atheism or Darwinism compel one to come to the aid of others? Is helping the poor, weak and destitute really a tenet of survival of the fittest?

2 thoughts on “Trying Not To Be Uncharitable

  1. Great that Dawkins and the many atheist/agnostic organizations wish to give aid to Haiti…
    There is the militant ego thing…to prove they’re not less compassionate than persons with official faiths. Compassion is still considered a good value in our society, though its borders are shrinking!
    Helping the unfortunate is STILL reinforced by many people, stories, images, even awards in our society…Thus persons who are not religious or who are MILITANTLY not religious still feel moved to help those weaker than themselves…That’s why a Mother Theresa is still venerated by most.
    But if the Good Samaritan type of influence is countered by lots of anti human propaganda..as STARTED with Darwin’s cousin Sir Francis Galton in the later 19th century into the 20th century…..watch out…!
    I suspect a few nonbelievers will still stand for humans…but I suspect that a higher percentage of believers will stand to defend the weak from human predators…!

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