Atheists of Maine is going to be running a Hug-An-Atheist booth in Hallowell, Maine tonight for charity. If anyone is interested, swing on by Easy Street Lounge on Water Street. All the proceeds go to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society.



Thought of the day

I never hear more respectful, civil conversations about contentious issues than when I host a meeting for Atheists of Maine.

Camp Sunshine polar dip

As I’ve mentioned numerous times, I’ve been participating in a fundraiser for Camp Sunshine, a sort of retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses. I did this as part of my group Atheists of Maine; we raised more than any other group, coming in at $2,169 (though donations are still being accepted). To commemorate the experience, all the participants did a polar dip in Portland (no, not the hipster, faux Portland in Oregon) this past weekend. My GPS brought me to the wrong place, so I unfortunately missed the main event by literally minutes. Of course, that wasn’t going to stop me from following-through on my promise to do something stupid:

AoM Polar Dip

Take a stroll on over to the AoM Facebook page to see a few more pictures.

Atheists of Maine fundraiser for Camp Sunshine

I’ve mentioned from time to time the fundraiser I’ve been doing on behalf of Atheists of Maine, a group I help run. Well, it looks like we’ve exceeded our goal by quite a bit – $600 – and we’re easily number 1 amongst the other teams doing the polar dip in Portland this Saturday. I hope we see a few more dollars roll in before the fundraiser closes on March 31st.

But speaking of late March, AoM will be doing a Hug-An-Atheist booth at Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell on March 30th. It’s no coincidence that this will be the night before Easter; we’re hoping that maybe we can rustle up a little more activity this way so that we’ll have all the more funds raised to donate to a local animal shelter. If you’re in the area, come on down.

Atheists of New England

Given the success we’ve been experiencing with Atheists of Maine, including with some of our fundraising efforts, I have created the group Atheists of New England. My hope is to develop this into something serious, but the first step is getting people involved, so please like the page.

The only ‘problem’? New England composes 6 of the 8 least religious states. That’s a problem I welcome.

Camp Sunshine donations (again)

Once again, this is a scheduled post because I’m out of the country, so I want to make sure I can be as active as possible about the fundraising I’m doing for a place here in Maine called Camp Sunshine. They’re there for children with life-threatening illnesses, so what they do is pretty amazing. Along with Atheists of Maine, I’m hoping we can raise a few thousand dollars by the time this is all said and done in February. (Incidentally, this whole thing culminates in a February polar dip off the coast of Maine.)

So if you can donate, please go here. Every dollar counts.

Know your charities

If you’re going to give to a charity this holiday season (or any other time), make sure you pick the right one. There are a lot of scams out there, of course, but there are also a lot of charities that are just, well, shitty:

The Salvation Army recently released a statement:

“Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex. The Salvation Army believes, therefore, that Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life. There is no scriptural support for same-sex unions as equal to, or as an alternative to, heterosexual marriage.”

I would recommend giving to Red Cross or, heck, Atheists of Maine’s fundraiser for Camp Sunshine. There’s no need to support a charity that is out to promote a bunch of garbage. Whatever good the Salvation Army may do, there are hundreds of charities out there that do just as well – and without the bigotry.