One of the big advantages that religion has over the greater atheist/Humanist community is money. Christians are used to supporting and funding the propagation of their message. Many Christians even donate “their last dollar” to further “God’s Work.” In this world, money talks and so we need to start tithing for reason.

In the free market of ideas, there is little doubt that Humanist ideas are vastly superior to religious ideas. Religious people know it too and that is why it has become such a taboo to criticize religion. This means that we can actually win this culture war if we can get our ideas out there. It is all about marketing and campaigning. That of course takes money.

Atheist Nexus is the largest atheist social networking site with over 16 thousand members and for the last few months they have been trying to raise $5000 for site upgrades. If it were Christian Nexus they would have that in an hour. It isn’t the fact that there are simply more Christians either. Christians would donate to Christian sites and projects because they believe that money helps God (as if a God needed money). The point is that atheists have a cause worth fighting for too. We are fighting for reason. If we can’t spread reason and present our criticisms of religion to the public, the consequences are felt not in some afterlife, but in this one, here and now.

There are lots of atheist organizations, blogs (like this one), radio shows, youtube channels, etc. that are struggling for funds needed to get the message of reason out there. There are atheist authors (aside from the big four) struggling to get their books read or even on bookshelves. We have to support each other.

I am calling for all people of reason to set aside at least 5% and hopefully 10% of our income to help fund atheist projects, websites, organizations, etc. Normal organization dues don’t count. If we all start funding each other, we will see a rise is visibility of positive atheism and a rise in atheists. But money talks and right now we are being outspent about a billion to one. Please help to spread this message.

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Comment by Staks Rosch on May 22, 2010 at 8:40am
It makes the point that I was trying to make. Religious people pay to spread their message and most atheists aren't paying to spread our message and we should.
Comment by Tom Thompson on May 22, 2010 at 8:22am
Simply using the word tithe is offensive.
Comment by Staks Rosch on May 21, 2010 at 9:40pm
We don't swindle each other with an afterlife, but I think we need to be honest with ourselves and realize that we are trying to promote reason and marketing isn't cheap. There are many atheist websites, podcasts, radio shows, youtubers, and organizations out there that need funding. We all do our thing and usually at a lose. I really think we need to start supporting each other. Setting aside a little bit of money each month to help fund other atheist endeavors will really help out and spreading this idea will get other atheists to contribute to projects you may have or want to start in the future. We need to work together and that I think is really important.
Comment by Roy The Infidel on May 21, 2010 at 9:32pm
"Christians would donate to Christian sites and projects because they believe that money helps God (as if a God needed money)."

Ir's a niche market. Hard to compete with a business that sells an afterlife and caters to a market that renders one to abandon reason and logic.

PS. This format looks better, DT.
Comment by Staks Rosch on May 21, 2010 at 5:07pm
Nate, you noted the what I stated in the article about Atheist Nexus, but the point that I am trying to make is that I want to change that lack of motivation to support atheist projects. I am trying to encourage atheists to support each other. This isn't about me. I've been blogging for a long time and don't really make much money off of it. Usually the money I do make goes right back into the site or to other atheist endeavors by other atheists I want to support. I think atheists should want to support other atheist endeavors. If they don't, no big deal. But I think they should.

Yes, atheism is spreading without huge budgets. But what you don't realize is that there actually are people paying or the spread of atheism. The huge billboard and bus campaigns actually cost money. Atheist Nexus and other sites actually cost time and effort. The youtube videos that have gained a lot of attention also cost time and effort. Etc.

So my idea is that atheists who favor the spread of reason consider donating toward that cause. They obviously don't now.
Comment by Staks Rosch on May 21, 2010 at 2:41pm
sorry for all the typos, it is hard to type with a baby on your lap, lol.
Comment by Staks Rosch on May 21, 2010 at 2:39pm
If you read my response, I said that you ought to donate to atheist sites and endeavors you use. So if all you use is Atheist Nexus, donate the Atheist Nexus. Brother Richard and the volunteers work really hard on this site and they should be able to raise $5000 for a site upgrade. Also, I am not saying all atheists must donate 10%, I am saying it would be great if they did. I think we ought to donate to atheist endeavors. If you don't want to donate, don't. I can't promise you heaven nor am I threatening you with hell. I am saying that if you want a world filled with less religion and more reason, we all should help fund it. Money talks and bullshit walks, as they say.

If you don't want to fund the spread of reason, don't. But don't try to make this a guilt thing on my part because you don't want to spend money. Not guilt from me Nate. If you don't want to spend money to fund the spread of reason, don't no it. It's that simple. I hope you will donate to Atheist Nexus and any other atheist endeavor you enjoy. I hope others will too. That's it.
Comment by Staks Rosch on May 21, 2010 at 1:07pm
Nate, there is no guilt here. But all I am saying is if there is an atheist site, an atheist blog, an atheist radio show/podcast that you enjoy for free, you might want to consider supporting those efforts monetarily. Atheism is growing there is no doubt about that. The number one reason for that growth is the internet. Through the internet we are getting our message out. But most of us do it not only free, but at a lose. We spend a lot of time and effort spreading reason and I think if you enjoy the efforts of particular people and projects, you should support them with a little money.

I am not talking about charity groups here although that is certainly important. This is money for the spread of reason. I don't think we are going to get blogs that make millions of dollars like Churches, but I do think that people are working hard to spread reason and it doesn't come cheap.

If you don't feel like supporting other atheists, don't. No one will even know and no god is watching. But your contributions to atheist groups and endeavors will be very helpful and I know that it is usually very appreciated.
In Reason,
-Staks

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