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Sonic's Avatar Jump to comment 68 by Sonic

mmurray, about your response to my post #451492 in your post #451493,

But does giving as atheists make atheists look bad (to others) or feel shame or guilt (to ourselves)? I don’t have time to fathom how perverse that seems.
Has anyone claimed any of these things?

It seems to me that you claim the first thing a few lines later:
But doesn’t this claim
2. When donating via Non-Believers Giving Aid, you are helping to counter the scandalous myth that only the religious care about their fellow-humans.
make you feel just a little uncomfortable? It does me. It also seems to be a politically silly comment that will be thrown back at us in the future when we complain about theists motivation for doing good.

That’s what I meant: You seem to feel fine with the name (“Non-Believers Giving Aid”), but you feel reservations about that quote from Richard. And where you say your reservation is political, political means you worry Richard’s quote might make atheists look bad to others.

It seems to be a fine line (or impossible) to avoid triggering some people’s reservations about giving the “right” way, or for the “right” reasons. Personally, I like NBGA and Richard’s quote, too.

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 05:52:00 UTC | #432486