Nov 24 2013

ACA bringing holiday cheer to a local family

Among the many things about atheists that scare Christians, the idea that we might actually be decent people who believe in giving the less fortunate a leg up in tough times appears to be a big one. How else to explain the angry refusal by the Spartanburg (SC) Soup Kitchen, a Christian “charity,” to allow members of an atheist organization to volunteer? “They can set up across the street from the Soup Kitchen,” raved its director Lou Landrum in a display of Christian Love™ that no doubt had the Baby Jesus brimming with pride. “They can have the devil there with them, but they better not come across the street.”

Perhaps they’re worried we’d upset the little narrative they’re trying to sell, that you need God to be “good.” Funny how they always tend to score an own goal whenever they try to clear the playing field of “opposition.”

Anyway, the ACA is sponsoring a local family in need this holiday season through Foundation Communities, because down here, we wage the War on Christmas™ (← inclusion of Fox News IP under Fair Use) with caring. So there. Below are some details of our sponsored family, and you may click this magical Hypertext of +1 Empathy For Your Fellow Man to reach our Donations page if you’d like to assist. Please add a note stating your donation is for the holiday charity.

Our family:

Javier—Age 31, “My children are my priority for gifts I don’t always have work. My priority is paying bills and I don’t have money to buy gifts of a Christmas meal.”

Ad—Age 29, Wants a blender, plates, and kitchen supplies.

A—Age 7, wants legos, a skateboard, and games

I—Age 6, wants barbies, a toy table and chairs

N—Age 2, wants dolls and musical toys.


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    Al Dente

    Seems like the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen is about pushing god instead of helping the needy.

  2. 2

    Open thread on the latest TAE? It’d be great if they could auto-post around the time of broadcast when the ol’ thoughts are fresh. Or on the same day, even!

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    Sir Real

    It would appear that as a Christian you can’t be good unless God get’s all the credit and none of the blame.

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    Phil Rose

    Am I missing something? Is there a way to donate to this family as I’d like to. Can we send the gifts they want or just cold, hard ducats?

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    I donated 10 bucks because I want musical toys for the 2-year old.

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    I don’t think there is a way to add a note that the donation is for the holiday charity when donating via PayPal. (There is a field for Special Instructions, but those seem to be instructions for Paypal, not for ACA. It’s not very clear who receives the instructions.)

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    What Russell thinks about Christmas » The Atheist Experience

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