Last year I blogged about the national atheist community’s engagement with the Light the Night charity drive to fund Leukemia research (see This Is Atheist Charity and Charity Legend Update). Well, it achieved remarkable results. The atheist movement officially raised nearly half a million dollars (and may yet meet or exceed that target: see how to get involved again this year; in fact, read the whole letter from Todd Stiefel on why you should). The atheist charity hosting this drive for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Foundation Beyond Belief, raised “the largest amount ever raised by a first year non-corporate team” and “the 4th largest amount raised by any team in the nation in 2012, including corporate teams.” For this year’s drive, our own cancer-survivor Greta Christina is an honored hero with the FBB, and they are there seeking nominations for other honored heroes (see previous link).
All of this would have been unthinkable even ten years ago, much less twenty. The atheism movement, and its humanist moral conscience, is becoming an unavoidable contender in the interfaith community. You can help keep that momentum going. Because with it will come greater recognition and influence for us all.