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*

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Comment by Clarence Dember on April 28, 2009 at 11:29pm
As long as a person is sober, Catholic charities will help them.
Comment by Buffy on April 28, 2009 at 7:21pm
That's the number one reason I oppose the Faith Based Initiative and any form of tax money going to religious organizations. They refuse to help people who aren't members of their churches, require you listen to sermons as a condition for services, make you adhere to tenets of their religion while you're in their care, etc. That's not charity, it's coercion. Charity is supposed to be given freely and without strings. If you have a food bank/pantry in your area that's run by Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest) I recommend them. They're not "faith based" so they won't pull any of that religious nonsense on you. They're my favorite to donate to and I always recommend them.
Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2009 at 6:03pm
Geeze, I'm sorry to hear that. Are you going to be okay?

Every time they turn you away you should ask them WWJD.
Comment by Dre Smith on April 28, 2009 at 3:53pm
Christian love always means the opposite.



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