CHARITABLE ARE ATHEISTS VS. CHURCH GOERS?
web sites are replete with insinuations that Religion has little to offer
society and that society would be better off without it. What does the
While reading an
article in a weekly Canadian magazine, Maclean's, I came across an article
that reveals that religious people are by far more charitable than
non-church goers and especially much more charitable than atheists.
The article offers a
summary of a Statistics Canada release in which various groups are compared
in relation to their charitable habits. While less than one in five
Canadians attends church regularly, those who do attend regularly "are far
more liable to give to charities, and are substantially more liberal in the
size of their gifts to both religious and non-religious organizations."
How much more liberal?
"The average annual donation from churchgoer is $1,038. For the rest of the
What about volunteer
work? "With respect to volunteer effort, two thirds of church goers give
their time to non-profit causes while only 43 per cent of non-attendees do
likewise. And churchgoers put in twice as many hours volunteering."
The article then adds
a humorous touch which is not only funny but revealing. The atheist Foundation
Beyond Belief, launched in January 2010, which aims to "'to encourage and
demonstrate the generosity and compassions of atheists and humanists," has
so far been joined by 477 members who have contributed $18,760. How much is
that when compared to churchgoers? "About as much as 18 churchgoers give in
The article also
spotlights atheists' insistence that religion, as Pullman has stated, "is
"The most wonderful excuse for behaving extremely badly." The evidence, of
course, with the exception of pseudo-religionists who use religion as a
front for their crimes, is clearly quite the contrary.
Atheists have had
decades to prove their generosity and have waited until recently to create a
few organizations that put up a front of humanitarianism, simply to counter
critics' accusations that atheists are far from being the giving people
their purport to be. When looked at closely, their contributions to society are negligible and their boasts of being
very kind to
others are far from supported by the evidence.
Maclean's, May 10,
2010, P. 4.