Here’s How Atheists Are Helping People in Houston After Hurricane Harvey

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By Hemant Mehta

There was a strange letter to the editor in the Kentucky-based Glasgow Daily Times yesterday. Ronald W. Curry, a man who has apparently never used Google before, had a simple question for readers: How come no atheists are helping out in Houston?

Where are the atheist relief groups? Where are their fleet of trucks loaded with supplies? Where are their crews that help dry out and clean up? Where are their construction crews that rip out water-damaged carpet, floors and drywall and install new materials? If there is a single group of atheists involved in this effort — or for that matter, in any effort such as this, it is not known to the writer.

And how many hospitals and orphanages were founded by atheists? Where are the thrift shops, clothes closets or food pantries under the surveillance of atheist groups?

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  1. @OP – There was a strange letter to the editor in the Kentucky-based Glasgow Daily Times yesterday.
    Ronald W. Curry, a man who has apparently never used Google before,
    had a simple question for readers:
    How come no atheists are helping out in Houston?

    Atheists and humanists can’t be seen doing humanitarian work for two reasons!

    Most don’t emblazon their non-religion in the face of recipients of assistance.
    Atheists doing good works can’t be recognised through the filter of “faith” blinkers – which have a sort of reverse “No True Scotsman” mechanism!

    (Look at that considerate person – What TRRRRrrrooo Christian actions!)

    Of course there are some self-centred reasons related to the political activities and anti-science attitudes of the Republican Christian Right, as to WHY so much work on flood-relief, needs to be done in the first place!

    https://www.richarddawkins.net/2017/09/how-long-will-it-take-houstons-floodwaters-to-drain/#li-comment-225925

    “The stormwater system has never been designed for anything much stronger than a heavy afternoon thunderstorm,” he says.

    “Houston is the Wild West of development, so any mention of regulation creates a hostile reaction from people who see that as an infringement on property rights and a deterrent to economic growth.”

  2. How come no atheists are helping out in Houston?

    My ‘God’! What a straw-man! Right, Phil? Alan? Now that’s a real straw-man. (Not like mine.) How the hell does this guy know? We don’t advertise it. Jeez! I am sick of stupidity! It’s tearing this country apart! Tempting to just say: I wish they’d all go to hell; but these are people; and one has to be constructive and solution-oriented.

    There are more right-wing ignormamuses in Houston than perhaps anyplace else in America, from what I have heard from a well-traveled and enlightened friend. They’re all (mostly) climate science deniers over there. They didn’t get what they deserve (although I almost said they did), but they need a much needed wake-up call. Ah, it won’t work! “It’s cyclical!, Make America Great Again!, Lock her up!, Don’t mess with Texas!, I voted for Trump. Who else?, Who’d you vote for? Killary? Hohohoho.”

  3. Dan #2
    Sep 10, 2017 at 5:23 am

    How come no atheists are helping out in Houston?

    My ‘God’! What a straw-man! Right, Phil? Alan? Now that’s a real straw-man. (Not like mine.) How the hell does this guy know?

    He is using the standard, “my in-group is good” – “outsiders are bad”, preconceptions of faith, which have been preached and indoctrinated into him for years!

    “Intuitive faith-thinking” is from applying uncritically copied belief, – not from information derived from investigation or research!

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/reasonadvocates/2015/08/29/religious-faith-is-belief-without-evidence/

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