Grant LaFleche has a message for his “fellow atheists” in his article, “Mere atheism isn’t enough — help your community.”
Last weekend, I was part of Walk a Mile in HER Shoes, a fundraising effort for Gillian’s Place . . . .
I had a lot of friends, believers and non-believers alike, who generously gave to the cause. The call went out to a couple humanist/atheist groups to sponsor the walk.
Virtually no one responded.
That left me shaking my head.
LaFleche has lots of reasons to shake his head and to lament the statics that show
your typical atheist group is about poking religion in the eye while touting a superior moral position. The more serious-minded will talk about how to maintain the critically important wall between church and state and about keeping fundamentalist beliefs out of science classes.
But when it comes to helping their community, not much is going on.
LaFleche is correct. Within atheism, charity is not a group effort. Sure, most of us do our part as individuals by contributing to local fund raisers, but we seldom get together, under the atheist banner, to help and support members of our community.
It’s time we heed LaFleche’s advice:
It doesn’t matter if your group is small, or even loosely organized. The time has come to move beyond mere atheism.
Shelve your excuses. Your community needs you.