I was thinking about volunteer work the other day. The fact that I enjoy helping others, and that it is also a requirement for the International Baccalaureate Programme, which I am in.
And the Salvation Army came to mind. Now, I know them to be a Christian based organization, but I thought I'd check out their website anyways, to see what all they do.
So I looked at their page online, and looked at all the wonderful things they do. I was thinking, well I would really like to be part of this. Then I looked further, to their mission statement and values, and it has "god" and "christian" every third word, practically. Now, I wonder why this is. Why is it so important that they be based on Christianity?
I don't have a problem with Christian organizations, only the wonder that they have to be based around only one religion! As if only Christians care about other people. As if you have to be religious to want to help make the world a better place.
Well I'm not, and I do! I am wondering, that if I ask to volunteer, they may not accept me because I am not Christian. Now I wouldn't want to pretend to be something I'm not, but I think this sounds like a really good cause and I would be willing to act Christian, to help out.
Do you think this should be necessary? Would they refuse my help because I am not a Christian? I believe in helping people, and the work they say they do, without religious belief.
I don't think someone has to be religious to care about the world, or to be a good person, or to want to do good things.
What do you think of the Salvation Army and their work?
Do you think it would be better if they weren't focused on one religion? Or even religion in general?
At first, I really paid this story no heed. Then after reading The Huffington Post, I decided this is another example of the blatant hypocricy and disconnect that infests in every corner of the Bush administration. Sex? OH DEAR GOD NO, YOU'RE FIRED, IMPEACHED, HUNG....Consider....
"Meanwhile, Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, the senior commander in Iraq during the Abu Ghraib torture and abuse scandal, is being considered for promotion to, yep, four-star general.
Talk about your utterly perverted priorities.
Now, it long ago became clear that the Bushies inhabit a bizarro, topsy-turvy universe -- a place where being utterly wrong about slam-dunk WMD earns you a Medal of Freedom, dismissing a “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in U.S.” memo earns you a promotion to Secretary of State, signing off on torture makes you AG material, another 123 American soldiers being blown up is the mark of an enemy in its “last throes”, and outing an undercover CIA agent (and then lying about it) merits a vote of confidence instead of a pink slip."
In other news, the neo-cons are at it again, using the Rove tactic of attacking the messenger on their strong points. This time, the "family" of Cindy Sheehan supposedly released a mysterious letter calling the mother of the fallen solider who is camping outside of Crawford to be a politically motivated bimbo with ultra-left wing tendancies. Since this will most likely turn out to be a complete and utter lie/fabrication, we'll see nothing has changed with right-wing deviance. But most of the public and Fox-news watchers will latch onto this and be able to sleep at night with their skewed logic: http://drudgereport.com/flashcs.htm