Skeptics are not cynics and the godless are not immoral baby eating monsters but face it, a lot of people believe that to be the case. I for one have been told many times that we need religious organizations because they do charitable acts for the community that no one else does. It is the churchgoers who feed the poor and build the houses for the homeless. Without the generous, selfless contributions of the god-fearing section of society the world would deteriorate into flaming pile of poop.
I myself know a lot of skeptics, atheists and other wonderful people whom although they donâ€™t necessarily go to church; they do wonderful things to help out the community and those less fortunate. In fact, many of the skeptics I know are outspoken skeptics because they want to help protect the public from being taken advantage of by false and dangerous claims. I know some atheists who foster and adopt stray dogs and some who make sandwiches for the poor. I know a lot of wonderful, kind, caring, outspoken rational people who perform a lot of wonderful, thankless acts. They just donâ€™t advertise their good deeds so much of what they do goes unnoticed. I also know a lot of skeptics who come up to me and ask, â€œI want to help but I donâ€™t know what can I do to help out the skeptical movement. What can I do?â€ I now have the answer to that question and at the same time we now have a way to finally squash out the baby eating rumors as well. There is a way to shine a light on the many wonderful people in our group who do so much good and you can help. The solution my friends, is Skeptilove.
Skeptilove is a new organization set up by the lovely Ms. Alison Smith. Some of you may be familiar with Alison as she is the founder of the Skeptical Analysis of the Paranormal Society and a research assistant for the James Randi Educational Foundation. I asked Alison why she founded Skeptilove.
“SkeptiLove was formed as a response to religious believers who maintain that skeptics, humanists, agnostics, critical thinkers, and atheists can have no sense of ethics without guidance from a higher power. SkeptiLove strives to report on the kind acts of non-believers, and to rally the skeptical community to contribute to charitable works without the intervention of anything more than a desire to ease human suffering.
To get involved, visit skeptilove.com on a regular basis. There will be many opportunities to join fellow freethinkers in activities, or to organize your own and send in your story.
All You need is Love. (Pass it on.)”
I encourage you to get involved and to let Alison know about the random acts of kindness performed by you or other freethinkers and skeptics in your neck of the woods.
My first small act was directly for Skeptilove. I thought it was such a lovely idea that I was inspired to create and to donate a bunch of Surly-Ramics necklaces for Alison to pass out to the people that she writes about.
There is always something wonderful waiting to happen and always a place where we can lend a hand and it is time to roll up our shirt sleeves and get to work. Forget about the rumors and forget about our reputation because the bottom line is that the world needs us, skeptics and non-skeptics alike. We need to take care of each other. So let’s get to work.
What will you do?