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Atheists Helping the Homeless Update

Atheists are just as caring and compassionate as anyone else, despite what the religious may say.  Atheists Helping the Homeless in Austin, Texas, is an example.

Joe Zamecki, Texas State Director of American Atheists, gave an update on Giveaway #10 in Austin.

The care packages that the group assembles are geared to help people help themselves, and include toiletries to help job seekers clean up.  Some of the  items added to the ziplock plastic bags offered include granola bars, socks, a toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitizer, shampoo, deodorant and plastic-wrapped individual rolls of toilet paper.  Atheists Helping the Homeless is also giving away MREs.

Joe will be joining us again on the God Discussion Radio show on March 18 with an update.

Visit the Atheists Helping the Homeless website for more information or to make a donation.

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One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • ihedenius

    I really dislike the politics and religion of M Huckabee but this sounds like a false attribution:

    Starting at 57:33 "from mike huckabee this is a quote…as he was giving a speech…"

    "Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ — to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness. But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice. It is dominion we are after. Not just influence. It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time. It is dominion we are after. World conquest. That's what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less… Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land — of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ."

    The quote is from a "George Grant, a Reconstructionist"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominionism

    I can't find Huckabe himself saying it. He might agree with it but that is not the point.

    • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

      Hi and thanks for your comment.

      What do you mean by the "57:33" … is it the Blog Talk archive? If so, I can ask Leah where she got it.

      • ihedenius

        57 min 33 sec into the blogtalkradio mp3 file.
        http://www.blogtalkradio.com/god-discussion/2010/03/19/dominionism-rebiblicans-and-more

        When I searched it seems people Huckabee associates with agrees with this but did he say it himself ?

        "If he did I think it would have sparked as much controversy as when he said:

        It's a lot easier to change the Constitution, than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that's what we need to do, is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards."

        and would have been easily found on the internets.

        • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

          It looks like he may have used a modified snippet of this statement from Grant, though the entire quote came from Grant, one of his associates:

          http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/joe_conason/2008/01/18/huckabee/

          • ihedenius

            If Huckabee quoted George Grants's 1987 book ("The Changing Of The Guard: Biblical Principles for Political Action") saying "Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ…" it isn't attested by that link.

            The closest is this:

            "one worldview will prevail."
            "When two irreconcilable views emerge, one is going to dominate. Ours will either be a worldview with humans at the center or with God at the center … The winning worldview will dominate public policy, the laws we make, and every other detail of our existence."

            which is from Huckabee's 1997 book "Character Is The Issue: How People With Integrity Can Revolutionize America", not from the 2008 campaign unless he quoted himself during the campaign.

            Both qoutes here:
            http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2008/01/06/1249

          • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

            As I said, it looks like a modified version in that article and did not say that it was exact. I have asked the person who made this statement to please give the source. I appreciate your comment. Hopefully, we will have an answer soon.

            Nonetheless, I agree with you about the amendment of the Constitution being just as shocking, if not more shocking.

            In the greater context of the discussion, the Christian dominionists, reconstructionists, whatever you would like to call them, all appear to have the same goal … a "Christianized" America and world. I personally have no problem with Christianity or any other form of religion, so long as it does not infringe upon non-believers' rights.

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