Is that an oxymoron, when you think of it?
The Archbold brothers thought of it, with the help of Richard Dawkins. Here’s what they came up with…
“Richard Dawkins has started up a charity called “Non Believers
Giving Aid” so atheists can give to relief efforts in Haiti in a way
which promulgates their atheism. Because as I’m sure you know when
Haitians receive relief they’re very interested in whether it came from
a believer or a non-believer.
“Dawkins, who has been saying for years that religion is the “root
of all evil,” is now oddly intent on proving that atheists can be as
good as Christians. Recently, atheists seem intent on proving they can
be good without God.”
But, alas, that’s hard to do even for highly intelligent and intent atheists.
“If Dawkins is running this charity to show up religion and helping
Haitians is only a secondary consequence then we could hardly claim
that what he’s doing is good by most definitions. Because if that’s
true then it would seem that the greatest value of Haitians lives to
Dawkins is how they make Dawkins look.
“But let’s give Dawkins the benefit of the doubt because us
religious types like to do that. If he’s helping people because he
wants to help people then I almost hate to tell him that he’s kind of
supporting some of our arguments. While Dawkins argues that he can be
good without God, I think he’s actually only proving that Richard
Dawkins can be good while not acknowledging God.”
It’s tough to be a good atheist.