Look, it is time for some godless honest truth here. In the free market of ideas, the ideas of religion and god(s) will lose every time. Frankly those ideas have extremely inadequate evidence and logical backing. Unfortunately for us, we aren’t on an equal footing in this marketplace of ideas.
Why is this? Well it’s simple. Religious people freely give huge sums of their hard earned dollars to spread their message across the world. Many times they even donate money they need for rent or other necessities because they have an irrational belief that their God will provide. Where do they get such an irrational belief? They get it from the pulpit of course. Churches, Televangelists, Fundamentalist advocacy groups, and even Christian bloggers are all out there begging for money from the faithful. The problem is that much more often than not, the voices of religion get the money. They get LOTS and LOTS of money. Many believers have no problem donating 10%+ of their income to fund the spreading of religion.
Meanwhile, people like me who spend time trying to spread reason get very little in donations. I tend to get far more angry and threatening e-mails than useful supportive monetary contributions. Atheists simply do not support each other very well. Sometimes I think we are so cheap that we give Jews a run for the stereotype. The fact is that we are a skeptical bunch that seems to resent being asked to do anything. It’s a sad fact, but if things do not change and atheists do not become more willing to put our money where our mouths are and actually start financially supporting the cause, we will not reach that tipping point where religion starts fading away rapidly.
I know a lot of you can not speak out yourselves. Your jobs, friends, and family prevent you from telling the world what you truly think. Whether you are still in the atheist closet or not, you can still be massively helpful in this very important fight. Please contribute whatever you can spare within reason (I don’t want your rent money) and I promise to do my part to make sure your donation was well spent.
There are days that I wake up and have a hard time blogging, but when I see that so many people appreciate my efforts, I get inspired to keep writing. Unlike the religious, I really do hate asking for donations but I find that if I don’t ask, no one will donate. We really need to start funding the spread of reason so don’t just donate to me, but please consider donating to other atheist blogs, podcasts, and websites that you frequent. Small regular donations are also appreciated.