I am the director of a small IT department. We are currently retiring about 40 - 50 older computer in our office. They are much older Pentium 4 and or Celeron processors. Maybe 256 - 512 mb of RAM. Nothing spectacular. We decided to see if anyone in the office would like some of the old computers. A fellow employee, a deacon at a local church, asked if we would donate some for a battered women's and children's center run through the church. Of course without a second thought I offered 12 computers with monitors, keyboards, mice the works. I went out of my way to recycle any other available parts to max these things out. 1 - 2 GB of ram where possible, cd burners and dvd readers where I could. I re-imaged all the computer's and applied valid licenses to them all. I ran all the latest updates, installed some basic software (avast, openoffice). All along I worked closely with an employee of mine. A very nice young lady currently attending college. She is a very public lesbian and a fellow atheist.

All in all we were very pleased with ourselves for going out of the way to help such a good cause. I can't say that I would ever give money directly to a church but I am more than willing to sacrifice my time or money when I know it will go to a good cause even if there is some affiliation with a church.

What pleased me most was the very surprised look on my employee's and my co-worker's faces when I said, "Any time an atheist and a lesbian can help your church, you just let us know."

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Comment by Natacha Girardot on November 5, 2010 at 5:08pm
Good story with a nice funny twost at the end. I enjoyed reading it.
Comment by Thomas True on October 28, 2010 at 11:26am
bada boom bada bing!
Comment by Brian J Geisler on October 11, 2010 at 10:50pm
Comment by Pengiko on July 2, 2010 at 11:12pm
Loved it. :D
Comment by Andrew M. on May 11, 2010 at 12:35pm
Sir, that's quite an epic quote!
Comment by Mojo on March 17, 2010 at 6:28am
So much for the canard that Atheists lack morals. Helping those in need is not the exclusive domain of Christians.
Comment by TooferMan on January 10, 2010 at 2:04pm
Great Line!! I'm a little surprised that they STILL accepted your generous donation.
Comment by Chris on January 8, 2010 at 11:33am
I work in IT as well. I have both residential and business clients. Some of those businesses include churches. I often find it amusing when doing a virus cleanup on one of "God's" PCs. Why call me? If prayer works, why not ask their god to vanquish the malware? Also, if God is real, couldn't he stop the virus from infecting the machine in the first place?
Comment by Dean Lang on December 17, 2009 at 3:52pm
Very well put!
Comment by James Smith on December 13, 2009 at 6:37am
Oh, that's a good one! I love it. So much for atheists not having a moral code or any belifs to steer us in the "right" direction.

I wonder, did they have to exorcise those systems before using them?

On another note, back in the early 90s, I did some volunteer work for a women's shelter in Phoenix.

The shelter was run without public money and supported solely by private and corporate contributions. The lady who founded and ran it was an atheist and had a great deal of trouble obtaining help. Even though she was doing a really great service with a higher success rate than other shelters, no church or religious organization would help her at all. How sad that theist hypocrisy was holding back the doing of good works.



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