Bunk, over at JREF, brought this to my attention:
Atheists to Counter “National Day of Prayer” with Blood Donations
What a great idea!
Lifesaving Action, Not Passive Prayer, Is the Message
What do you do on May 3, 2007, the “National Day of Prayer,” if you are an atheist, do not believe in prayer and are opposed to the observance of a prayer day being imposed on all American citizens?
While Believers are praying on May 3rd (an act that has been scientifically proven to be ineffective), groups of atheists will go to Blood Banks in scores of U.S. locales to donate their blood and sign up for organ donation programs. It is a nationwide action which we hope will point out that there are alternatives to silently beseeching a deity to perform miracles.
“While religious people are on their knees, we atheists will be on our feet, giving a part of ourselves for the benefit of humanity,” says Kenneth Bronstein, founder of the Center For Atheism, an informational and activist group based in New York City. “We know that prayer does not work–but medical science does.”
How can you join the effort?
1) Find your local blood bank by accessing www.americasblood.org or http://www.givelife.org, then type in your zip code to find your local blood bank
2) Phone the blood bank to make arrangements for a group donation (You will find them amazingly supportive and accommodating.)
3) Notify your local newspaper, TV and other media that your group is doing this and why.
4) Visit www.atheistvolunteers.org to log your donation.