Angie’s Children

Angelina was killed in a domestic violence incident that lead to a murder/suicide. She was a non-believer, just beginning to get involved in public/ organized atheism. She was a friend of Mandisa Thomas (founder and current president of Black Nonbelievers, Inc., and member of Black Nonbelievers of Atlanta) and Bridgett ‘Bria’ Crutchfield (board member at Black Nonbelievers, Inc., president of Black Nonbelievers of Detroit, and founder of Minority Atheists of MI).

She leaves three children behind. I understand we do not consider ourselves to be a social group but I think we should look out for those who are in need.

The religious care for their own. It is why they have such a strong social presence. This isn’t a gun to your heads but a demand for us to hold ourselves to the humanitarian principles. It doesn’t matter what tragedy befell their parents.

What matters is that 3 children are alone and missing their mummy and daddy. And what matters is that we need to help them. We may not be able to help all the children in the world, but we can try. And we have to start here.

Pass the word on.

World Vision (Except for the Gays)

World Vision are no longer a humanitarian organisation in my eyes.

See living in the UK, World Vision don’t push their Christian Credentials, so it was rather surprising to find out that they are a Christian organisation. So I went to check their American website. So while the British one has a vague reference to “God” the American one is explicitly Christian.

But this one line from their site got me.

We work in nearly 100 countries, serving all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

But not sexual orientation, but then World Vision is not a force for equality. Okay it may have forgotten that serving all people includes the GLBT?

So I am rather disappointed in World Vision. [Read more...]

Hags of Lag – Promise

In Korea, e-sports are a “big deal”. They are the equivalent of our football players or basketball players. We may consider video games as a simple way to kill time but many  Koreans play the game like a sport. And one of the biggest games is League of Legends. I am on the North American Server as AvicennaLast (JT Eberhard is also there with me if you fancy a go as are some of my readers).

[warning]Trigger Warning – Suicide Attempt[/warning]

Like football, talented 15 year olds are trained until the age of 17 and then unleashed on the world on a professional scale. And like football there are wonderkids. [Read more...]

Will, Skill or a Bill

I have often pushed the Mantra of Charity as something to be approached in a sensible way.

Do what you can and what needs to be done. If you cannot pay or have the skills to help then you can still spread the word. You can get others to donate and or volunteer.

The story of HIV in India is an incredibly tragic one with the stigma being so strong that HIV+ people often don’t tell their loved ones that they are sick.

And this causes more tragedies. For many HIV is a death sentence, but the creation of ARVs mean that HIV and AIDS are treated as Chronic Diseases now, like Diabetes or Hypertension. With ARVs one can live decades and hold down a normal life.

And part of that normalcy is love and companionship. [Read more...]