My wife and I volunteer at a local food pantry.Â While she and a few others spend time there nearly every day, the rest of the work is done by shifts of people who volunteer once every few months. It takes an army of people doing the unglamerous work sorting and lifting to keep that place going.Â One could not find a better example of community goodness.
An interesting sidebar of the place is that the majority of workers are provided by churches.Â Several churchesÂ volunteer to take aÂ week where their members sign up to give their time.Â On top of that, the churches do their own independent food collections and bring them to the Pantry.
There are also some people from the Freethinkers who volunteer.Â There are not as many, of course, because there are not as many Freethinkers.Â
And how do these people get along? Great.Â There seems toÂ be an unwritten rule that no one wears their views about religion on their sleave, Freethinkers included.Â
Contrast that with the evangelical soup kitichens where poor souls come to get something to eat.Â They have to endure a sermon and prayers as their payment for the food.Â Wouldn’t it be just as effective if the management would simply say, “This facility is providedÂ by the — Evangelical Group”, and let it go at that?
The even bigger problem is that once a set of people has it embedded in their minds that they are to spread the word atÂ any and every occasion, the ability to turn if off when its inappropriate seems to be lost.Â Every year new people are elected to office and carry this embedded idea with them, carrying on about how Christian they are and how they willÂ bringÂ this into office with them.
Please, check both your guns and religion at the door.