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Are there any recognized Atheist organizations currently involved in any social aid, amnesty groups, hunger relief efforts etc...?

There seems to be the belief going around that mankind would be better off without any deference to faith or guidance from ideals assimilated from sources outside atheist paradigms.

Please speak up and give compassionate Atheists the recognition they deserve.

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    Mar 15 2011: By chance, did you intend to post this in "Debates" section? I could be misreading, but I also feel like there is an underlying assertion being made here.
    • Mar 15 2011: Hello C.J., No, for me this was a pure and simple question. Krisztian :) answered me well, however, providing me the name of the first organizaion that satisfies the criteria. They are a small group but just the same encouraging.

      Confirming your perception: Absolutely yes! I believe ideas like compassion need to be instilled and nurtured and I have a hard time beliving that people will act as such just 'because'.
      I only half jokingly believe that the reason why we are here, is that the infinite Universe is the only place big enough to contain the Human ego. I say this because to me the History of our collective species does not in the least inspire much more than hope.

      However intilligent, we are not an intrinsically wise race. This is why I am of the opinon that without some guidance we are doomed.
      We are free to believe what we will. This is as it should be yet, not to choose is to choose, so hiding behind 'Aethist paradigms' doesnt wash for me. You have still chosen your 'religion' (a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe) and it is one you will fight to uphold.

      Having said all that, my ultimate goal is to define all those most salient truths (wisdom) found in other religions, including my own, look at them as pragmatically as possible (scientifically?) and redefine our direction as a species.
      • Mar 15 2011: Hello Wayne

        You said that "However intilligent, we are not an intrinsically wise race."
        I am curious as to how did you come to that conclusion and what data did you based it on?

        Can our guidance be in the form of accrued knowledge of previous generations of philosophers, psychologists, free thinkers, history and ethics that involves critical thinking and discussion of the community?

        I don't think all of us have 'religion' because religion requires a "belief of some superhuman power or powers". Set of beliefs is only a part of it. =)
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion
        • Mar 16 2011: Set of beliefs is at the crux of this whole matter. What you believe is also relevant.

          "Can our guidance be in the form of accrued knowledge of previous generations of philosophers, psychologists, free thinkers, history and ethics that involves critical thinking and discussion of the community?" It depends if the audience is effectively (or just efficiently) listening. Where hearing is selective remember "You cannot learn from what you choose to forget."

          What data did I base it on?? That is a curious question. Turn on your tv. Intelligence is efficient, Wisdom is effective. The formers' worth tends to be measured in the moment the latter stands to becomes a principle.

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