A couple of churches were vandalised recently.
I’ve got a lot of time for Pastafarians generally, but this wasn’t cool. That’s someone else’s property you’re scrawling slogans over.
The majority of atheists weren’t okay with this rather obnoxious intrusion of ideas either, and this time a good deal of them stepped up and acted on their principles. The Friendly Atheist decided to raise some funds to offer money from atheist coffers for a clean-up effort.
In under a day, people donated over $2,500.
Between this kind of thing and being the most generous Kiva community, everyone really needs to get over the idea that atheists can’t be proactively selfless, or that some kind of religious infrastructure is in any way necessary for people to get involved in charitable work.
In the end, the churches both said that they didn’t need anything like that kind of money to get the graffiti removed, and a few volunteers had offered to help get it done anyway. They appreciated the gesture, and the donations are being sent to the Foundation Beyond Belief, as it was agreed any surplus would be.
Good work, everyone.