I don’t like to be such a debbie downer, but after that salvation army article, I’ve become more aware of the religious agendas of many charity organizations. (Aside form the article, please do your research and examine the nauseating responses the Salvation has to issues such as suicide.) I received an invitation to support “Miami Rescue Mission” and on the surface it looked great. It was only after searching descriptions of the individual departments (ex. Center for Men, Center for women and children, etc) that I saw their religious message brazenly used in the description of the programs. (See here http://www.miamirescuemission.com/men.htm and here http://www.miamirescuemission.com/women.htm for example.)
Now, I don’t want to be so negative. I mean, a toy drive for orphan children? How can anyone reject that and feel good? But I just can’t bring myself to support a charity that uses people’s unfortunate circumstances in order to promote their own religious ideas. It sickens me. And I never realized how many of these organizations DO INDEED promote specific religious values. How much of the money I’ve donated to these programs has been used to indoctrinate people who have no choice? Either they get help and listen to the religious drabble, or they risk it out on their own (hoping they can find another place to help them out.)
I like to help people. I think we all do. And I like to make it tradition every year to donate to a charity. Problem is, I’m really jaded now. To end on a more positive note, can anyone recommend charities that are NOT religiously affiliated? I thought I had donated once last year to a non-religious group, but I can’t remember what it was. The American Red Cross seems to be another possibility. Although the “cross” part put me on alert right away, I haven’t found any religious indications on their website. Thoughts or suggestions?
Please make sure that you ALWAYS do your homework before donating to a given cause or charity. Make sure they are what you think they are, that they represent what you want to support, and that you aren’t making a mistake with your generous donation.