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Irreverent atheists crowdsource charitable giving to doctors’ NGO

By Reuters Staff
December 9, 2011

(A doctor from Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres, prepares a blood transfusion for a wounded rebel fighter in the Libyan town of Zintan, 150 km (90 miles) southwest of the capital Tripoli, May 11, 2011. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

Atheist bloggers have shown their charitable side by swarming to donate money to Doctors Without Borders, in what turned into the humanitarian agency’s biggest online fundraiser.

Doctors without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, gets about 4,000 hits on its U.S. website on an average Sunday. Last Sunday that number ballooned to 50,000 as a horde of redditors, subscribers to the social media site reddit.com, thundered across the DWB homepage.

Thousands more clicked through from the atheism sub-reddit, a site normally given over to finding holes in religions and picking fights with creationists, and headed for a dedicated site at firstgiving.com, where they have so far given $180,000.

“It’s amazing, what’s going on. The amount being raised is amazing, definitely,” said Natalie Favre, an MSF spokeswoman in Geneva. “We don’t control any of this.”

Many donations were tagged with messages such as “Because god won’t”, “Good without god” or even “Good without Zeus”.

Read the full story by Tom Miles here.
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AUM
I ama staunch believer in God. So, I should resent if my medical facilities are made use of by irreverent atheists. But I do Not. They are human beings too. Let us be humane and allowthem to be treated by our docs.
ADD VEDIC DHARMA
May I bring it to the notice of the Editor that all religions are mentioned here but not the one based on VEDAS, most ancient scriptures in the library of mankind.
Please provide somespace for about 1500 words on Vedas and I shallupload an articlehere. Thanks.
from Chitranjan Sawant vedicupvan@rediffmail.com

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This title makes no sense. How are atheists being irreverent when they are donating to DWB? How are they irreverent at all? Is this a joke?

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