Amused, dismayed, but not surprised about South Carolina atheists being turned away from volunteering at a soup kitchen.
I told them we wouldn’t wear our T-shirts. We wouldn’t tell anyone who we are with. We just want to help out. And they told us that we were not allowed.
Executive director Lou Landrum:
This is a ministry to serve God. We stand on the principles of God. Do they think that our guests are so ignorant that they don’t know what an atheist is? Why are they targeting us? They don’t give any money. I wouldn’t want their money.
Dagnabbit if it’s not a tough thing to be shown up in generosity. Or shown up that sometimes service for the poor can be more an exercise in service to oneself. Do deeds count when the needy are used as a ticket to heaven?
Since we are evolving into a country where deeds are more important than creeds, I think atheists will one day be part of a respected mainstream in America, along with progressive religious allies. If that happens, I will be glad to see the Secular Coalition and its nontheistic partners go out of business and call it “mission accomplished.”
I have no problem aligning with atheists in the sense of putting on our respective pairs of work gloves, rolling up our sleeves, and doing our small part to make the world a better place. One task at a time. One friendship at a time.