U.S. Humanists & Indian Atheists Aid Tsunami Victims

Nonreligious humanitarians take action to counter fatalism in India. The Institute for Humanist Studies of Albany, N.Y. is working with the Atheist Centre of Andhra Pradesh in southeastern India to help victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

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Albany, NY (PRWEB) January 12, 2005

The Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS) of Albany, N.Y. is working with the Atheist Centre of Andhra Pradesh in southeastern India to help victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

"It is a common belief in India that past karma determines the future. This encourages fatalism and inaction in the face of disaster," said Matt Cherry, executive director of the Institute for Humanist Studies. "Since we do not believe in god, we believe it is up to human beings to help themselves. That's why humanists around the world are helping the Atheist Centre in India take action to recover from this tragedy."

The Atheist Centre was established in the 1940s by colleagues of Mahatma Gandhi. In the 1970s, the Centre created Arthik Samata Mandal (ASM), a disaster relief agency that provides aid and rehabilitation to the victims of natural disasters in the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. One hundred percent of money collected by the Institute for Humanist Studies will be forwarded to Arthik Samata Mandal for relief work.

The philosophy of humanism maintains that science and reason are the best means to promote human welfare. Humanists accept that people can live ethical, moral, happy and well-adjusted lives free from religious or supernatural convictions.

The Institute for Humanist Studies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes secularism in government and education. Donations can be made by credit card or check and are tax deductible under U.S. law. For information, visit http://www.HumanistStudies.org, or call (518) 432-7820.

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