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.
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...]
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...]
The Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI) are a charity that came to my attention following some atheist on atheist harassment. I knew about them from their Academy Award winning documentary, but I only read through their website after this unfortunate incident.
Well ASTI offered me something rather cool, an opportunity to do some good out of this. ASTI are running fundraising trips, usually expeditions and hikes to raise money for charity. [Read more...]