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Re: [humanism-174] Religious charities

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Friday, November 28, 2008 2:31 PM
On a global scale, OXFAM might be a worthy charitable org. I had never heard of them 'til we received a mailer this past Wednesday.
This organization doesn't appear to be religion-based, other than the fact that it was co-founded by a group of Quakers in the UK.
 
According to Wiki, the worst critcism of OXFAM is due to an entanglement with Starbucks.
 
I didn't know much about Quakers either... they seem pretty cool, very equality-oriented & anti-authoritarian.

 
On Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 8:28 AM, Ginger <[address removed]> wrote:
Two nice alternatives that help out locally are communityshares.org and earthsharesofohio.org The first distrubutes to local organizations, including the ohio aclu, as well as legal aid, chairities, etc. The latter to environmental related orgs including parks, etc.

--- On Wed, 11/26/08, Randy <[address removed]> wrote:
From: Randy <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [humanism-174] Religious charities

To: [address removed]
Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 12:18 AM

In the early 90s, i had a job at an Akron based grocery chain where the Salvation Army bellringers were a fixture. I used to contribute some spare change and spare dollars to them, but a few years ago or so, i found out that they were antigay, so i quit giving to them. I'm glad that you mentioned that the United Way discriminates against gays and atheists. For at least one year in the early 90s, while i was working at said grocery store job, we were asked if we would donate a percentage of our weekly paycheck to the United Way. I agreed to give them a fairly generous contribution. Shortly thereafter, my father who is a social conservative/Christian said that he was approached to do the same thing through his workplace,and he was considering doing so. This all changed when he found out that they funded planned parenthood, which is a leading provider of abortions, or at least abortion referrals. Looks like they have something to offend everyone.

On Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 12:13 PM, Ginger <[address removed]> wrote:
Just wondering what people's opinions are on contributing to the many religious charities seeking donations this holiday season. For example, do you give to the Salvation Army?
 
What about United Way which in most localities funds the Boy Scouts who discriminate against gays and atheists?
 
 




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