What would you do to further the secular cause?
I don't think donating a portion to a secular charity is enough. I would want to be hands on and involved, making sure my money went somewhere AWESOME!

I would invest in a fleet of party barges ala Moore.
It would exist simply to drown out hate speech like WBC. Any event they planned to be at we would be at, too. I want to fight freedom of speech with more freedom of speech.
We would ask the parents of fallen soldiers if they would prefer glitter and sequins or a simple wall of black-suited men and women linked arm to arm.
I would also invest in macho men and women with hearts. Pay a fair wage to folks who take on the duties of safe-haven escorts and private(ish) security outside of abortion clinics.
I want to do what the government fails to do..
-or what they don't have the right to do in the first place.

I figure it would take about fifty buses and a few thousand people.
We would have to have our own IN-HOUSE training for protest safety and riot -management.
We'd need dispatchers in every state and diplomats working with local officials (where possible.) In states like Texas, we'd have to have a clear liaison with the ACLU or other big hitters that could help ensure fairness and equality in permit granting.

I think that action like this could change the face of America.
This is my secular pipe-dream.

What's yours?

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After I bought myself a new house, a nice car, an XBox 360, a huge TV, and an iMac, I'd start an organization that would promote tolerance and collaborative activities between believers and non-believers. I'm so tired of all the fighting. We need to figure out a way to get along. We can agree to disagree, and still vote against the things we don't agree with. But we don't need to be in constant war mode with each other.
I would start with getting my family and close friend out of debt. Put some into an account towards education for my children and their future children. Invest some of it to keep my money making money. Take my family on a nice vacation. Put together a brain pool of like minded people to campaign against putting Creationism in science classes and text books. Eventually having my own version of the four horsemen to travel through out the United States helping those in need without strings or dogma attached. Introduce the masses to critical thinking.
What is "the secular cause"?
Anything you decide it is. For me, personally.. it's something that furthers America towards her heritage of being true to the Constitution..specifically the First Amendment.
Your definition of it might be something much more narrow or broad.

Well before I went off half cocked squandering away good money on any cause I would have to ask if any donations to this cause or that were Tax Deductible, and since a secular cause is not a Religion, I don't know that any donations to the nebulous notion of a 'secular cause' would actually get me a tax break, so I am thinking I would not put a dime into it unless it was a registered charity. If a registered charity than perhaps I would consider putting a few bucks in just so nobody thinks I was self centered because that would hurt my feelings.

Don't get me wrong now, I wouldn't be against it and would of course wish everyone the best in all the important 'secular cause'' bake-sales, and interpretive dance 'secular cause' fundraising gala concerts but it would pretty much not be high on my list of priorities.


I wouldn't want anyone to think I would be miserly with my new found 1 Billion in wealth though, so I would make it very conspicuous that I was spending large quantities of it on living a hedonistic lifestyle of excess and debauchery with yacht-loads of sultry looking yellow skinned, goldigging pneumatic tarts who would be more than happy to help me squander away the Billion on my 'Personal Cause' before they were rotated out at the end of the week to make room for the next batch.


Some of the people here would seemingly donate more to the 'secular cause' than a religionist donates to his religion. Do you really want to sacrifice & suffer for the sake of principle or is the 'secular cause' or Atheism more like a religion for some of you, and if so then bleeding off most of the cash into it just seems to martyr-like to me, as if you are saying I am willing to sacrifice deeply of myself for the 'secular cause'.


I can understand perhaps using the money to help the poor, or rescue muslim women from their abusive owners, but blowing something like a Billion in good hard cash on the 'secular cause' whatever that might be, just seems like a terrible waste of money. I guess many people are just more devout and faithful than myself, for which I should perhaps feel deep sense of shame and an overwhelming need to reflect upon and repent for. But I don't!

Interesting question. I'd always be tempted to just live off the interest, and there's also the temptation to use it to make more.


If I had to spend it?  Then I can come up with a lot of things to do.  

-The space elevator project that's being tossed around ( invest in materials science research for the stuff that will make it possible)

-A clinic to try to recreate the scenario where a german man was cured of an HIV infection- that same exact idea, but on a larger scale, almost as a 'cure resort'.  get a group of maybe 10-20 people in, close the place up, begin radiation therapy, etc.  If it was done right, the place could more than pay for itself, which means that they could be expanded to a large degree in places where they are needed.

-some investment in potential industry expansion or creation in various parts of the world.  Africa is completely untapped in terms of it's production capabilities, and they don't need much to do a lot there; some seed funding, donation of more sophisticated machine tools could create a large metalworking industry.  Beginning a trade school to teach practical sciences (on credit) could have enormous payouts on both sides: on one hand, creating a secular educational facility for people to better their own lives could teach why the foolishness they commonly seem to believe there is... well, foolishness: on the other hand, the payout of such a university could fund expansion in any other practical direction that could be determined there, or be used to increase the name of the school, for example by inviting prominent scientists to teach there on a sabbatical from other jobs.

After buying my own house and car and investing a couple million, I would dedicate the rest of it to keeping religion and government completely separate.  Just nonstop lawsuits and media campaigns and lectures and debates until theists get it through their thick little heads that they can't turn their religion into legislation that governs the rest of us. Also, I'd like to start a major news network that isn't owned by any corporation and reports the facts as objectively and unbiased as possible.
Sometimes I can be a huge pessimist so after the excitement of winning the money, I'd start to crib about the tax I'd have to pay on that.
Okay jokes aside, if I had a billion dollars to help secular cause,
  • I'd spend a good chunk on forming atheist/secular lobbies in major countries of the world. That would be a good start.
  • Support research in areas like AI(the whole works), evolution, abiogenesis, cosmology etc.
  • Set up an institute that would do to religious texts what mythbusters do to myths.
  • Support organizations that I feel are doing vital work towards making the world an ideal place.
Of course, this is only fantasy & the key part was if I had a billion dollars to help the secular cause. If I just win the lottery or something I would first try & fulfill my dreams & make sure I'm set for a comfortable life. And after that if there is any money left over or by some weird turn of events I make more money then I'd do the things I mentioned above.
I would spend nearly ALL of it in freethought causes & charities - secular ones only. At 85, my needs are few & simple. Lots of Atheist billboards - all over the country.

I'd build a dog and cat paradise along with other dog and cat lovers and then tell all other humans to go jump off a cliff.


Well actualy, I was not serious about that, but something along those lines.

Lobby to get a government that simply took away the classification of "Church".

brilliant idea, i would be in pure bliss to be part of such an organazation... and i would somehow try to include a comedy wing or tour that travels around using comedy to point out the absurdity of religion, people like to laugh,people like to feel good...


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