Atheist volunteers turned away by Kansas City Rescue Mission

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The Kansas City Atheist Coalition has been told that its volunteer services will not be needed to help deliver Thanksgiving meals to the poor and elderly this year.

The atheist group has taken offense at the rebuff, but a local rescue mission defends its position.

“We are an unapologetically Christian organization, and we always have been,” said Julie Larocco, development officer for the Kansas City Rescue Mission. “We want to share the message with the people we serve that ‘God loves you, and you are not alone.’ It seemed to us that this (atheist) group probably would not want to deliver those meals.”

The Kansas City Rescue Mission dates to 1950 but began delivering holiday meals only two years ago.

The Atheist Coalition has been pleased to help and was looking forward to another year. But “Kansas City Rescue Mission has decided to use the meals they deliver as a chance to proselytize to its recipients by inserting religious literature into the meals,” Atheist Coalition President Josh Hyde posted Saturday on the group’s website.

Written By: Matt Campbell
continue to source article at kansascity.com

20 COMMENTS

  1. Wasn’t this story posted sometime last month or was it a similar situation in a different place? Either way I am not sure why this is a story, I am sure there are plenty of other organizations who would gladly accept the service from the Atheist Coalition.

    • In reply to #1 by Mormon Atheist:

      Wasn’t this story posted sometime last month or was it a similar situation in a different place?

      Soup Kitchen situation differs in that the ring leader thinks we atheists are devils incarnate. >(

  2. “If god cared about them at least as much as the (Atheist Coalition) volunteers, there would be no need for dispensing meals to the needy — god would’ve taken care of it.”

    How true! Obvious evidence that there is, in fact, no benevolent, all-loving, all-caring god. How is it that everyone but Christians can see that? It’s so obvious to anyone with the smallest scrap of ability to reason.

    • In reply to #3 by Neodarwinian:

      Could start a totally secular rescue mission and pass the food out without the ear banging from the apologetically christian types.

      A good idea. We give because you need,

  3. Mormon- Yes, it was in Spartanburg, SC. The atheists ended up setting up across the street and passing out their own care packages. I suspect this current attempt was inspired by the earlier.

  4. We want to share the message with the people we serve that ‘God loves you, and you are not alone.’ It seemed to us that this (atheist) group probably would not want to deliver those meals.

    Actually this kind of makes sense. The Christians wanted to spread a message of God and how they could turn to him for help, whereas the atheists wanted to, you know, actually help! Do they really not see the irony of this? Do they really not see that whilst they claim to want to help the poor and elderly their commitment to God first and the poor and elderly second actually hinders rather than helps them achieve what they claim they want to? Religion really is a powerful blinding tool.

  5. Thanksgiving meals served with a large sidedish of religious dogma.NOT very palatable.

    Now wouldn’t it be better to give without any strings attached.These Christians are afraid that people will see that atheists are not wicked, selfish creatures as portrayed by the religious, but ordinary men and women wanting to lend a hand to others.Better still, doing good without any agenda.

  6. From another source: what if the recipients ask / want to know more about god

    Devil’s Advocate ~ The atheist group was allowed to deliver meals for Rescue Mission the last two years. This year, the mission truly thinks goD is the only answer to folks who are feeling extra lonely, depressed, hopeless during ‘the holidays’.

    Obviously, there are a zillion different ways to connect with fellow humans. Keep truckin’, KC atheists!

  7. The Kansas City Rescue Mission dates to 1950 but began delivering holiday meals only two years ago.

    So let’s see if get this straight. For 60 years, this organization’s mission was to rescue people from?… Not believing in god? But helping to feed poor people has only been added (as an afterthought) to their mission 2 years ago? That looks a lot more like PR than genuine charity to me. The Atheist Coalition has only been around for a few years but their goal was to genuinely help people from the get-go, no strings attached. People need real food to fill their stomachs, not religious Spam to fill their minds with harmful dogma.

    If religious people and organizations would show just an ounce of good faith (excuse the pun), tolerance and GENUINE concern for their fellow humans, we could get somewhere. But they consistently, stubbornly refuse to look in the mirror. Are they afraid of what they will see?

    • In reply to #13 by NearlyNakedApe:

      For 60 years, this organization’s mission was to rescue people from?…

      The inner city streets, i.e. homeless and downtrodden.

      but helping to feed poor people…

      They serve meals at the mission site; only started delivery two years ago.

  8. Well, really if this organization has collected the funds under its name for the purpose of providing meals, I don’t see an issue here. EXCEPT, they should be made to advise any donors that they are a Christian organization and that they deliver literature with meals to recipients. Then donors can make up their own minds as to whether they want to donate to a Christian or to a secular organization (provided a secular organization exists for this purpose). I guess the secularists have to get busy creating their own fund drive to maybe provide Xmas toys for kids and inserting literature to encourage kids to think critically. Bet that would piss off the Christians.

  9. This is why social services are always secular. The atheists would be better off working for a political solution, the homeless deserve shelter, enough to eat, and a special meal on thanksgiving, but they shouldn’t have to depend on Christian charity. They should have it as a human right, and it should be delivered by a system that is supported by the whole of society, only then does it have a chance of working for everyone. Homeless atheists, Buddhists, Hindus etc., may wish to avoid Christian messages being thrust down their throat. Getting a meal shouldn’t depend on having to sing hymns, or put up with a message you don’t believe in.

  10. “We want to share the message with the people we serve that ‘God loves you, and you are not alone.’ It seemed to us that this (atheist) group probably would not want to deliver those meals.”

    They want to deliver the meals, just not the message.

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