My son and I struggle with hunger, like 1 in 8 Americans. Since I got laid off in February we've struggled. All the social services in my state (Florida) are out of money at this point - you call and ask for help and they say "Try again next month." It's discouraging. So I swallowed my nontheist pride and shamelessly whored myself out to every church in town, begging for things like food and help wtih my electricity.
You wanna know what the majority of these 501(c)3 non-profit organizations had to say?
"If you're not a member of our church, we can't help you."
Um, excuse me? Isn't the whole reason churches are tax exempt and get other special treatment is because they're assumed to care for the poor? Wasn't that the whole point of "faith-based initiatives" a la president moron?
This isn't a cry for help - just a ranty vent that I'm pissed at how these fuckers can get away with sending me spam mailings without paying for stamps, can bilk people for 10% of their income, but then turn around and turn away the poor. Didn't Jesus say you were supposed to provide for widows and orphans? *RAGE*