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(Chicago Trib)   Both a park district and public library rejected a $3,000 cash donation by a man because of his staunch atheism, but a food pantry gladly accepted the money, because they're not assholes   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 27
    More: Followup, food pantry, Chicago Bears, Hemant Mehta, donations  
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2014-01-10 12:10:09 AM
24 votes:
An agnostic offered them $3,000 as well. They took $1,500.
2014-01-10 12:21:11 AM
13 votes:

macross87: You know what really grinds my gears?!!?


Poor clutch control?
2014-01-10 12:09:55 AM
6 votes:
F*ck you face, I've got your motherf*cking nose.
2014-01-09 11:58:54 PM
3 votes:
He next tried the Morton Grove Public Library, but experienced similar results. A library board trustee called Mehta's blog, the Friendly Atheist, a "hate group," and questioned the legality of accepting a donation originally intended for the park district.

Really? Let me go check out this website.

[reads blog]

Yeah, if that's your idea of a "hate group" then your ass is filled with your head.
2014-01-10 06:06:27 AM
2 votes:

r1niceboy: But those extremist atheists just drink beer and talk about outer space. Shameful.


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2014-01-10 01:31:17 AM
2 votes:
I don't ant to sound all unenlightened, and sh*t, as we vaunt into a new era of knowing all there is to know, but what - in 25 words or less - is "staunch atheism"?  Is that like not only do you not collect stamps but you pee in mailboxes?
2014-01-10 12:51:27 AM
2 votes:

Caffienatedjedi: Having spent time working for my municipal library, I know two things.
1: The board is usually not that smart
2: Never turn down free money.

Seriously,the people with the least idea of what they are doing are in charge of basically everything public. Libraries, schools, etc.


A local parents group is up in arms over the local library accepting rent from a cellular company for putting up a repeater. I learned first hand the stupidity of such boards. If there was only a building full of knowledge they could go to to learn something...
2014-01-10 12:37:33 AM
2 votes:
But those extremist atheists just drink beer and talk about outer space. Shameful.
2014-01-10 08:47:23 AM
1 votes:

Popular Opinion: Slartibartfaster: Popular Opinion: pillow biter

you sound bitter, twisted, and full of hate
but that is freedom of speach

thank you for the latitude to use amusing (if only to me) descriptors.
i say that only with the most respectful intentions. it brings me joy.


images.starpulse.com

Which ones are the pillow biters again?
The BUTT-PIRATES!

/I love the sign language lady signing "butt-pirates" in that scene...

RidersOfLohan: Have you ever known an atheist who didn't tell anyone and everyone, at every single chance that they are an atheist?


Well, how could you possibly know that? I mean, if they don't mention that they're atheists, you'd never know, right? So, basically everyone you've ever met who hasn't explicitly mentioned that they're religious could have been one of these quiet atheists you're seeking, and you just never noticed...
2014-01-10 06:26:36 AM
1 votes:

jso2897: Guy belongs to something called "The Friendly Atheist" some atheist club, I assume - he was donating on their behalf, as best I can understand the wretchedly written article. Possiblysaid it on the check, maybe?

IsOckham'sOccam's Razor a concept , y'know. you know?

jso2897:
Or it's a blog, or a hate group, or something. This is a terrible article. I swear to God that I read stuff on the Internets every day that my 8th grade composition teacher would have flunked me for. which my 8th grade composition teacher would have flunked me.
2014-01-10 03:56:02 AM
1 votes:
Sorry, library is closed because we couldn't afford to have it open today.
Sorry, park is closed because we couldn't afford to have it open today.

Well yes we could have had the funds to make it available for you today but we chose not to. Rather than do good for you we went the irrational route of not accepting monies from people that had good intentions and could have made it happen but instead denied them from contributing to your enjoyment.
You'll understand. You always do. You always will. You'll teach your kids to do the same.
2014-01-10 03:18:28 AM
1 votes:

RidersOfLohan: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: It's weird that the park and library would even know about this guy's atheism. What, did they do a background check on him or some shiat? How would they even know?

Have you ever known an atheist who didn't tell anyone and everyone, at every single chance that they are an atheist?   It's like people who can't pass an opportunity to say "I'm italian"


I don't,  but then up in Canada most people don't need to know your religious and political affiliations before having a conversation with someone.

/Even the vegans usually keep it to themselves
2014-01-10 03:13:25 AM
1 votes:
If someone could provide a ballpark number of sandwiches they've prayed into existence then I'll lend them an ear.
2014-01-10 02:54:40 AM
1 votes:

C18H27NO3: I'm an atheist that volunteers at my local food bank every Thursday so I'm getting a kick...

Granted I'm not giving them money but I am giving them my time. Please do justify how I am doing wrong and that you should take that away from those that I've have helped in some way because that's what this fiasco is doing; not allowing me to help people because of my non-beliefs.

Assholes.


Easy7 there hero the food bank took the money. Food banks and geniuses like yourself are still AOK together, Now run along and attack a park or bite a library. Parks and Libraries bad, food banks good!
2014-01-10 02:33:29 AM
1 votes:
I'm sorry you're starving and I would provide you some sustenance but it originated from people that don't believe in sky fairies so I can't give it to you and I'm sorry you'll go hungry.
I COULD not be a retard and allow you to sustain you and your family but I choose not to because religion and all that.
SUCK IT
2014-01-10 02:05:18 AM
1 votes:

Popular Opinion: Pitabred: Popular Opinion: Ed Grubermann: Popular Opinion: if you hate anyone, you are not christian,

So, there are no Christians. Nice to know we've got that settled.

i think there have been a few. i don't qualify, obviously.

Jesus, if he existed, might have been a Christian. But then again, he wailed on some money changer ass with some definite hate, so I'm pretty sure even he's out of the running...

frustration and embarrassment is not hate. jmo
he was embarrassed that faith had been exploited by greed.
and frustrated that this was generally accepted.
i can't say i would have acted differently, especially if i was the son of the big guy,


gawd, i wish god was real just to see what  kind of whoop ass JC would put on jerry falwell and jesse jackson.
2014-01-10 01:51:08 AM
1 votes:

Pitabred: No, the church lady next door was just lied to by her priest about creationism and science, told that atheists are devil worshipers, that gays are abominations, that Republicans are all Christians and that Obama is a Muslim, and took all that "information" to the voting booth.


Then she killed all of our puppies. With her jackboot.
2014-01-10 01:48:31 AM
1 votes:

a particular individual: hardinparamedic: Their motives are always alterior

Ulterior. I tell you this only because I honestly think you care, and will remember it.

/not a language nazi.jpg


You sure through me a curb. I thought you were a Nazi.
2014-01-10 01:39:31 AM
1 votes:

JohnnyC: I've had friends become Christians and then spend all their time trying to convince me that I'm going to burn in a pit of fire and be tortured for eternity unless I join their club because they knew I was an atheist...


There's something very weird about Born-Agains of all stripes. Not just Christian, that's just the most common here in America, and not just religion. People get religious about their new car, their choice in programming languages (even brace placement), their music tastes, and their doomsday fears (global warming? second coming? police state?); but turn them into a born-again for something else and suddenly they're rabidly trying to convert everyone else to their new-found salvation. It's more than a little obvious that it's an easy way to look down on everyone else, too.

Revivalists, the original hipsters?

It's hilarious when it only lasts a few weeks, though.
2014-01-10 01:35:30 AM
1 votes:

r1niceboy: But those extremist atheists just drink beer and talk about outer space. Shameful.


We also have guilt-free sex with whomever we want, not entangled with or encumbered by what some mythical father-figure thinks is or isn't proper, or fear of punishment for enjoying ourselves thus.

So we've got that going for us, which is nice.
2014-01-10 01:29:40 AM
1 votes:

Popular Opinion: if you hate anyone, you are not christian,


So, there are no Christians. Nice to know we've got that settled.
2014-01-10 01:09:57 AM
1 votes:

hardinparamedic: Gyrfalcon: So, how do you fail to "actively participate," assuming you weren't standing ostentatiously in the front of the room glaring at everyone while they were kneeling in prayer? And how did they know otherwise? This always mystifies me, because as a nondenominational agnostic, I occasionally get forced into Catholic church (for my nephews' confirmations, etc.) and I do not participate in their arcane rites; but I don't do it in an obvious way; I just sit quietly in the pew while they kneel, stand, pray, etc.

So unless you're aggressively mocking the preacher during services, how do these mooks know you're not "actively participating"? Are you supposed to fall down and begin speaking in tongues?

Apparently, not closing your eyes and just remaining silent is a horrible disrespect to the dead.


...But how would they know you kept your eyes open if they closed theirs?
2014-01-10 01:01:09 AM
1 votes:

Gyrfalcon: So, how do you fail to "actively participate," assuming you weren't standing ostentatiously in the front of the room glaring at everyone while they were kneeling in prayer? And how did they know otherwise? This always mystifies me, because as a nondenominational agnostic, I occasionally get forced into Catholic church (for my nephews' confirmations, etc.) and I do not participate in their arcane rites; but I don't do it in an obvious way; I just sit quietly in the pew while they kneel, stand, pray, etc.

So unless you're aggressively mocking the preacher during services, how do these mooks know you're not "actively participating"? Are you supposed to fall down and begin speaking in tongues?


Apparently, not closing your eyes and just remaining silent is a horrible disrespect to the dead.
2014-01-10 01:00:27 AM
1 votes:

Popular Opinion: JohnnyC: Christians... if you're not one of them, you're their enemy. They have a very long history proving that... as hard as they can.

what would you know about it johnny? tell me why you think you know.

there is a big difference between not believing in something and bashing people that do believe.
this intolerance is why real atheists want to distance themselves with your typical fark atheist.


When did atheists vote to outlaw gay marriage? To try to sneak non-science into science classrooms? Use public money for solely religious proselytization and benefit?

Oh, right. That never happened. I'll bash all of those actions, because those actions are incompatible with democracy and a sane, pluralistic society. Believe whatever mumbo-jumbo you want on your own time. Don't try to force it on me or make me pay for it. You've just got your panties in a twist because you're finally being called on your bullsh*t. Being told you don't have the extra privilege you think you should isn't bashing or persecution, sparky.
2014-01-10 12:47:43 AM
1 votes:

links136: Caffienatedjedi: Having spent time working for my municipal library, I know two things.
1: The board is usually not that smart
2: Never turn down free money.

Seriously,the people with the least idea of what they are doing are in charge of basically everything public. Libraries, schools, etc.

clearly, cutng their salaries will bring in better talent!

(Not accusing you of that)


Ah god, I wish I was given control of money beyond buying donuts and shipping packages. I was more of the "Do anything phyisically demanding we tell you to, because you are the only male employee we have", guy. Still, overheard a lot of stuff, municipal employees were tight knit. Still giggle when I think about all the things the board was trying to do while a new library was being built, half the time the director had to explain to them why their idea was illegal.
2014-01-10 12:31:31 AM
1 votes:
Christians... if you're not one of them, you're their enemy. They have a very long history proving that... as hard as they can.
2014-01-10 12:16:13 AM
1 votes:
You know what really grinds my gears?!!?
 
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