I said [to my husband,] “Hey honey, I did a good deed today! I convinced K. not to donate money to the American Cancer Society!”.
Then I started laughing because I realized that I would sound like a monster to anyone not aware of the drama surrounding the ACS and an atheist organization who wants to donate an assload of money to them, but isn’t allowed.
Anyway, K. is organizing an event at work to raise money for a specific kind of cancer, so when she mentioned donating to ACS, I countered with links to stories about the drama and suggested a smaller charity that’s specific to the kind of cancer she’s raising money for. She agreed that the ACS isn’t worthy of her efforts, which made me feel a bit victorious.
There was no good reason for the ACS to reject money just because it came from atheists, and I hope that someone at the organization was reprimanded for turning away half a million dollars that could have gone toward a worthy cause.
But if they don’t want atheist-tainted money, there are other groups we can give our money to. And we will.
vnectar concludes her post with this:
… I realized that the ACS has no idea that their behavior is costing them donations from other avenues that aren’t at all atheist-related.
How do we let them know?
Simple: If the opportunity arises, we tell people why we’re no longer making contributions to the ACS. We point them toward other groups which focus on similar issues. We refuse to let the ACS get away with discrimination.
Also: The American Cancer Society still has a Facebook page and it’s been lacking atheist input lately…
***Update***: The ACS has responded again. And again, it’s neither accurate nor satisfactory.