Hi everyone -- This fundraiser has been amazing, so thank you for participating. A couple quick notes:
-- I forgot to update my bank account "name" from the previous fundraiser I held so your credit card may say you donated to "WPY*WE SUPPORT DAN ASH" but rest assured the money will be going to the right place. My apologies.
-- Some people asked me what would happen with the money beyond the $5,000 goal. The reason the fundraising goal was $5,000 was because GoFundMe needed a number and I made one up on the spot. All money raised (minus GoFundMe's fees) will be going to Mr. Bell.
You may have heard the story of Ryan J. Bell, a former pastor who decided to spend a year living without God -- in effect, giving atheism a try.
Within a week of going public with his experiment, he was fired from the two Christian schools at which he was an adjunct professor and the church at which he served as a consultant.
He wrote on his site:
"So I find myself, on Day 4, without any employment. My savings will run out in about two weeks and I'm scrambling to find immediate work doing, well:anything"”manual labor, waiting tables, other teaching and consulting, or whatever I can find."
As someone who criticized his methodology, I still admire the fact that he's putting his beliefs under scrutiny. Places of higher learning -- including Christian ones -- ought to encourage these sorts of experiments, not run away from them.
As an atheist, I want Bell to know that we appreciate what he's trying to do and that we'll support him even if his Christian community will not and (more importantly) even if he decides atheism isn't for him when the year is over.
You have my assurance that all money donated will be given to Mr. Bell (excluded whatever GoFundMe takes for their expenses). I will provide proof on here and on my website.
Good luck Mr. Bell. I'm agnostic and attend a UU church, but I believe that faith is a personal journey no person should be punished for. You obviously have credentials and knowledge that made you qualified for your various jobs, but some institutions are inherently intolerant. I hope this little donation helps.
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