This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

Atheist food drive at Metro State gives donors ideas to chew on

It's not enough that a national survey released Tuesday found atheists were the highest-scoring group on basic religious knowledge — now members of Metro State Atheists are being regular goody-two-shoes.

The group began a three-day campus food drive Tuesday dubbed "Food for Freethought."

The atheists take in nonperishable food items or cash donations from fellow students or other passers-by. In return, they hand out free books.

These are books that have been banned, censored or at least roundly criticized, said group co-founder Joel Guttormson.

The event dovetailed with "Banned Books Week," the last week of September, when hundreds of libraries and bookstores draw attention to what they believe is the mounting problem of censorship.

When best-selling atheist authors Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett heard about the Metro State event, they sent signed copies of their books for Guttormson to give away.

The atheist group's little table of books on an Auraria campus plaza attracted quite a bit of attention.

"It think this is great," said Anna Parsons, 32, a junior at the University of Colorado Denver. "I'm a devout atheist. That's what I believe in."

Other atheist groups have held "fiction for fiction" drives, in which they collect Bibles and hand over novels in exchange. But that struck Guttormson, 24, as disrespectful.

"I'd much rather try to change our image by giving food to the homeless," Guttormson said.
... read more

TAGGED: CAMPAIGNS, HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS


RELATED CONTENT

Watch Sneak Preview of FFRF TV...

- - Freedom From Religion Foundation 9 Comments

Julia Sweeney, one of America’s most famous former Catholics as actress and playwright of “Letting Go of God,” stars in a new TV and radio ad just produced by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Holy Redundant

Andrew Copson - British Humanists... 31 Comments

'Reform' of the House of Lords could lead to MORE influence for bishops. How you can take action.

Doing Good...Without God

Seth Andrews - YouTube -... 19 Comments

Doing Good...Without God - They have raised $11K of their $30k goal - please watch the video and consider contributing

Appeal to Freethinkers to Fight Cancer

- - YouTube - ScottBurdickArt 14 Comments


Appeal to Freethinkers to Fight Cancer

The Winner of the Ten Point Vision...

- - RichardDawkins.net 34 Comments


Do You Believe in a Secular America?

Council prayers ruling starts national...

National Secular Society -... 116 Comments

It appears our success at the High Court has started a national conversation about secularism – and that can only be a good thing. When there is a comment facility available under these attacks, the popular opinion is overwhelmingly in our favour.

MORE

MORE BY ELECTA DRAPER

MORE

Comments

Comment RSS Feed

Please sign in or register to comment