I guess I’m thinking along the lines of providing help to people in the third world.
(I don’t want to turn this into a debate on atheism vs religion, as I’m just curious about this!)
Are there any atheist groups or organisations who send “missionaries” to other parts of the world, where different religions currently have missionaries of their own? (I guess atheist organisations might do this in order to get “equal time” to express their views, to contrast with religious missionaries already present.)
For example, could there be an atheist version of something like World Vision, where they’d provide help to the people in their area, (like religious organisations try to do), but it would be done while expounding an “atheist alternative” to the people.
If atheist missionaries could provide the local people with at least an equivalent level of health care and other aid (when compared to the religious missionaries), would they be welcome in areas where missionaries from the many religions are already established? And if they are welcome, could they eventually sway the local people into become atheists themselves?