'Fr*ming Science' is a lot like UD to me. I cant read one damn article without getting annoyed. This time hes trying to tie atheism in with this survey that says:
Atheists and agnostics emerged as the segment of people least likely to do anything in response to poverty. They were less likely to engage in eight of the nine specific responses measured, and were the faith segment least likely to participate in eight of the nine responses evaluated. Well, the fact that this is one of the most poorly worded sentences Ive read since I quit TAing about 6 years ago was my first clue that this 'study' was ever-so-slightly less than reliable. I attempted to find their exact findings by clicking on a link that read:
To read about the relationship between faith and a response to poverty, click hereGo ahead. Click there. I shall wait.
Uh huh. Think like Jesus, people. Think like Jesus. I completely trust the findings of this 'study.'
I think these were the nine questions:
giving material resources (such as clothing or furniture) directly to poor people
donating money to organizations that address poverty
giving food directly to a poor person or family
spending a "significant amount of time" praying for poor people
donating time to personally serve needy people in the community
visiting institutionalized elderly or sick people who are not family members
donating money to organizations that address poverty in foreign countries
serving as a tutor or friend to an underprivileged child
helping to build or restore a house for a poor family
Then we get to the retardation. 'Care more about the poor.' Lets see, give $5 to The Church, knock out a couple of those. Donate a can of corn and an old pair of shoes at Thanksgiving, knock out a couple more. Dont know why the prey, I mean, pray thing isnt 100%, but spend 30 minutes caroling at a retirement home over Christmas, knock that one out...
And then theres the simple fact that Church help isnt in any way 'helping'. They ask for souls before help is rendered. They lie and call that 'helping'. Commit cultural genocide and call them 'charitable missions.' They pocket donated money, spend a percentage on shit, and call it 'helping.' Faith-based 'help' is like Horowitz's 'help.' A bigger mess for me to clean up.
Gee what takes more time, effort, and caring? Playing checkers with an elderly woman once a year because your youth group leader arranges a day and pressures you into doing it, or taking the time to rescue a troubled dog and taking him to training classes for a year to get him certified to be a therapy dog so you can visit the elderly and sick children all the time-- of your own volition? Both just check off one 'caring about the impoverished' item on that checklist.
I mean honestly. How insulting can you get, fr*mer? Degrading my efforts with some radical Christian apologetics piece.
'We need leaders we need leaders whine whine whine!!!' No. I dont need Dawkins or Paul Kurtz to tell me to collect canned goods for a local food pantry. Neither do you. Neither does any other atheist on this planet. There are a billion organizations out there that have secular agendas that you can donate your time and money to. Do it. Stop writing dumb articles that enable, once again, bad theistic behaviors.
Whats this study say to me? These assholes need peer pressure to give fake help to 'Think Like Jesus' and they still have to put out shitty surveys to make one another feel good. Oooh yeah. I wanna be just like them.