Atheists Join Light the Night Walk to ‘Kick the Snot Out of Cancer’


Todd Stiefel Teams the Freethought Movement with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

This year the Foundation Beyond Belief joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk campaign in an effort to fight cancer. The foundation’s leader for this project is Todd Stiefel, who operates the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, a non-profit private foundation providing money and strategy consulting to the freethought movement. During this podcast he discusses the effort to raise $1 million for this cause, describes how cancer has touched his life, and gives advice on how to do good. Walkers will participate in leisurely evening two to three-mile walks this autumn, the exact date and time depends on the location. Participants ask for donations from friends and family, make online donations, and hold fundraising events.

Listen to this podcast at the link below.

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  1. When I first read this I went “What?  What has atheism got to do with fighting cancer?” Then I realised as churches disappear, atheists will have to take over their practical functions.   We need something like a church, but without the BS. They might form around community centers.

  2. I wonder if it’s as simple as learning who our neighbors are. It seems that non-religious countries have a stronger support system in their communities than the US does – I would like to know if anybody has really looked into that.

  3. When Ben Franklin invented the lightning rod, the religious folk of the time were highly opposed.  It  deflected God’s punishment. Thwarting god was clearly wicked. I wonder why they imagined thwarting the invincible Jehovah was so easy.

    I have often noticed a similar sentiment in modern debate with Americans. People who get sick, whose home is destroyed by hurricane, flood or tornado are some how defective and deserve to die. Maybe the original idea was they were cursed.

    In the cold parts of Canada, in the winter, you can knock on any door, and the people will invite you in to get warm.  If they did not do that, people would needlessly die of exposure all the time.  Perhaps that custom is the root of the Canadian idea that you are obligated to help someone else in trouble.

    Even if someone were a total deadbeat, able bodied with skills, but who simply refused to work. What should be a suitable punishment?  Americans generally say “The death penalty. Let him starve or freeze to death.” Canadians would say, “Just enough poor-quality food to stay alive”.

  4. I was a team leader for the Light the Night Walk, and it was an extremely wonderful experience.  It’s important to me as a nonbeliever and secular humanist to step up and (1) demonstrate through action that religion is not required to be compassionate, decent, or moral; and (2) do whatever I can for the betterment of human beings while I’m able to.  If you are interested in helping others in some capacity, please check out the Foundation Beyond Belief–a great nonprofit, secular organization.  

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