We’ve received a well thought out reply to our mass email. I’d like to present it and my reply to anyone who would like to know why we took the time and spent the money to send out a campus wide message.
“Homelessness has no regard for religious or cultural boundaries.”
I agree entirely. So why do you have to call so much attention to your atheism in your subject line? Atheism has absolutely nothing to do with what you are doing, and makes your e-mail look like your personal spam list instead of a let’s help the homeless communication. Good for you for doing something that is selfless and morally praiseworthy without being influenced by a higher power, but do you feel so oppressed as a result of your decision to not believe in a higher power that you need to prove you can be a good person to everyone on campus via mass e-mail when you do something praiseworthy? There’s got to be a better way to not believe in something than sending out a mass communication saying I don’t believe in something, but I do good stuff so I’m cool.
Good luck I hope you’re very successful in this event,
We debated for quite a while on what the subject line should be. We opted for something eye catching in hopes that people would open the message and read it. Lo and behold, it worked! We’ve already had some donations and people joining the team.
I do not know if you are aware, but there exists a certain discrimination against non-theists. We don’t necessarily want to trumpet our good deeds, but do hope that showing people that we are friendly and that we do good works may help to decrease that discrimination.
As for whether or not this message counts as spam, all student organizations at Iowa State may send out a campus wide email to all students for a small fee, the email you received is one of those. If you have a problem with that, you may want to take the issue up with GSB or the registrar’s office.
The officers of ISU AAS thought that helping homeless youths is important enough to warrant sending a campus wide email. As mentioned in the email, if you are uncomfortable sponsoring our team, we encourage you to consider sponsoring another team.
Anastasia Bodnar, President
ISU Atheist and Agnostic Society