Just so you all know now , Atheists do not give to charity or build hospitals or orphanages. You don't see Atheists sacrificing to help the needy.
Only Christians do this. Christians build hospitals to help children and those who suffer.
From the mouth of my Pastor. He is a follower of God so he must be correct ... correct?
Discuss. Links to stats and evidence would be great :)
I voluntered at the administrative office of a rotating shelter that housed clients in a different church or synagogue every week. I always wanted to give back for assistance I recieved at low point in my life, and the fact that I dont believe in an intervening god and pretty much tolerate religion was disconcerting to some of the clients and church volunteers. This is info I never volunteered, only when verbally poked and prodded. Also, I think motivation for charitable contributions and donations for medical research comes from a common humanity and shared experiences e.g. many of us have had friends and family who suffered with select ills and ailments.
Church members are expected to tithe, some of which is supposedly going to some sort of charity or another, if not to cover administrative costs and pastor-reverand-priest lifestyle.
I think perhaps we are more philanthropic. We don't believe in an afterlife, so we are rather concerned about the planet now. We are not bound to a certain set of beliefs, so we don't limit our caring to those who are believers or of a specific belief, we won't discriminate on race or sexual status, etc. We are supporters of science, so we want to support ventures that are going to advance environmental health, as well as better support current sufferers of diseases we are working to eradicate.
Here are some links to humanist/atheist charitable organizations:
Why does this even need discussion? It's a patently offensive statement which also happens to be ass-backwards.