Sunday, October 04, 2009

A conundrum

I've been an atheist for a very long time, well over 1/2 my life. Growing up as a family we usually supported The Salvation Army. We donated our goods to them. We would shop in their store. We dumped change in the buckets at Christmas. It wasn't until I was an adult that I realized that they are a religious organization. And, based on their position statements on their website they are a religious organization that doesn't support the things I do. If I were voting, I wouldn't vote for them.

There are a couple of places local that I could donate to. I'm not really that fond of either of their stores. I find them kind of icky. They do good work, though, so I'm just being shallow.

So do I donate to the charity my family has always supported but whose values aren't mine or do I break out and start giving to some place new? (Of course, who am I kidding... I'll end up donating to the place that is open on the weekend since I'm not taking a day off to donate crap.)


Peeved Michelle said...

I donate to the place that picks up the crap off my porch. Three places here do pick-ups and I donate to the one that sends me reminder postcards, so ARC gets it all. Salvation Army and the Rescue Mission also pick-up here.

Cat said...

Well, the way I see it - people in need are in need, regardless of what they believe in. If you're helping someone out who really needs it, I don't think it should matter.

Unless of course the people helping out those in need are killing puppies, or into torture or something bad like that. But if it's just a matter of believing in something... I would go ahead and continue to donate to them. After all you're doing it to help others, right?

Does that make any sense at all? Gah. Sorry.