Monday, October 17, 2011
One Less Charity...
According to a news story today, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has rejected the Atheist group Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) from participating in the big fund raising event known as Relay for Life, despite FBB figuring that they could likely bring in somewhere on the order of $500,000 of donations.
Now it seems to me that if your goal is to combat one of the largest causes of death across all of mankind, you would not care where donation money comes from. You assume, rightfully so, that people who are giving money to combat this disease are genuinely interested in saving their fellow man, or fellow woman. It is an act of altruistic love. Such donations often come from people who remained behind while they watched their loved ones whither away in pain before their very eyes, and they do not want anyone else to suffer the same fate. Anyone. Regardless of faith, or lack thereof. Cancer doesn't ask if you believe in a god, or which god you believe in, before it starts festering in your body.
However, the ACS is prejudice where cancer is not. It does not want freewill love offerings from those of no faith. So, thank you ACS, for making my charity selection a little easier.
There should be no hard feelings, though. I probably would have crossed ACS off my list upon learning (as I did tonight) that the Deputy CEO of this "charity" makes $1,407,719 a year for leading the organization.