If someone wants to volunteer to help the needy, why wouldn’t you welcome them in? Well, the group Upstate Atheists attempted to volunteer for the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen but were turned away because… they’re atheists. And in case the turndown wasn’t clear enough, the director of the soup kitchen said atheists are banned from joining them.
You would figure that atheists joining a soup kitchen to help the less fortunate would be embraced by good Christians, but Lou Landrum, the executive director of the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, made it clear kindness and goodwill for all does NOT apply to nonbelievers.
Lou Landrum… told the Herald-Journal she would resign from her job before she let atheists volunteer and be a “disservice to this community.”
“This is a ministry to serve God” she said. “We stand on the principles of God. Do they (atheists) think that our guests are so ignorant that they don’t know what an atheist is? Why are they targeting us? They don’t give any money. I wouldn’t want their money.”
Her objection to the dirty, godless money did not deter the Upstate Atheists from doing good works regardless, and they created care packages to give away to homeless people across the street from the soup kitchen, raising over $2000 for their cause.
[h/t Raw Story]
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