So, I was stumbling around the interwebs reading things like Your Green Resource, and I happened upon Crunchy Chicken’s Olive Oil Lamp for Emergencies. Hm. “That looks handy.” So, being new to Pinterest and all, I pinned it. Then I started digging around The Crunchy Chicken. I liked some of what I saw. Some, not so much. (Crunchy Chicken, if you’re reading this, no offense meant – that’s just normally how it is when I stumble upon ‘green’ blogs, as I tend to come at this issue from a different worldview than most of the ‘green community’.)
Of interest was a post entitled Dirty atheist money. Hm? What now? Apparently, the American Cancer Society turned down a donation from an atheist group. Crunchy Chicken posits that
If the ACS is sitting so pretty as to turn down a half million dollars, one can
only conclude that they are afraid that, by publicly announcing the Foundation
Beyond Belief as donors, they would potentially lose donations from church
groups or individuals otherwise afraid of atheist cooties.
I do so love that phrase: ‘one can only conclude’. But I digress. She ends her blog post with this question:
If you are religious, would it affect your desire to donate to a group like the
American Cancer Society if you knew that they accepted money from atheists or
atheist groups? Is it like accepting money from the mafia?
First of all, I doubt that I would donate to a large-scale society in the first place, as I tend to believe in the support of local, community, or personal, over national when possible. You know… donating to a local animal shelter directly rather than to the H$U$. Supporting a specific adoption grant of a specific child in need. Purchasing apples from the orchard down the street rather than the USDA organic ones at the grocery store. Buying from a work-at-home mom rather than a large company. Et cetera.
That said, I honestly don’t see what the problem is here. It is well within the rights of the ACS to accept (or turn down) funds from whomever they please, just as it is those folks’ choice to offer to different charities of their choice. I have seen this not just in the “Theist v. Atheist” realm but also in instances of a breastfeeding advocate turning down an award from a company that received advertising funds from a formula company, and food sovereignty advocates who have turned down funds from companies that they felt had dubious ties regarding the goal they were pursuing. It was their choice. Last I checked, you can’t legally make someone take your money. (Then again, with all of the rights in our country that are currently under assault, who knows anymore!)
So, would I donate to a group that accepted donations from an atheist group? Well, I don’t see this as particularly likely to happen due to the nature of the things I support (crisis pregnancy care centers, etc), but I would not let it stop me if this was truly something about which I felt led to give. Who knows – maybe an atheist or two (or five or ten) donated to Liliana’s adoption fund at the link earlier in my post. I mean, they did raise over $23k in one day. It’s possible. That doesn’t offend me. I didn’t decide to donate because someone else did or didn’t. I donated because ultimately, my possessions are God’s possessions, and I felt that He was calling me to help pull this little girl out of that mire and closer to the arms of a family. “…whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31b)
So, Crunchy Chicken, that’s this “religious” woman’s two cents, for what they’re worth.
Disclaimer: half of this post was written one-handed with a seven-month-old on my lap, during which time he attempted to grab fistfuls of hair and discover what pitches his youthful voice could hit. Thus, there may be some typos, and I might not have managed to convey every point that I had hoped to. If you would like to carry this discussion further, please let me know, and I will try to sit down and expand upon it when my Wee Goon is fast asleep and less apt to distract me. 😉