Many atheists may also feel that poverty is a problem best addressed by government programs/policies. For instance, one could expend a lot of time and energy trying to improve our public schools, fighting vouchers, etc. Thus, they are concerned and active, but may not be giving money to private organizations.
Churches have been embedded in our inner cities for decades and decades without, obviously, bringing an end to poverty. Yet these are exactly the organizations Bristol argues we need to partner with in order to make a difference. Absurd.
In a message dated 2/7/[masked]:20:51 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, [address removed] writes:
I should have put "ha ha" after my Hell comment. I don't truly believe that would be the only reason.
Good point on keeping it within their "in-group". But, it has been established with the Salvation Army (as an example) that if they do help other people (missions in Africa, etc.), they do preach.
They are better organized and therefore have better records. If I send $20 to the Red Cross or put a buck into a fireman's boot at a ballgame or send $20 to groups dealing with MD or alzheimers, nobody know that I did so except of course for IRS! And even they have no idea that I am an atheist.
However, when my mom gives $ to a faith-based charity or church, they have the record and her $ gets counted as a faith-based donation.
Doesn't mean we don't give; we just don't have the accounting department that they do!