A reader has this interesting question:
I just received a flyer in the mail asking for donations to fund a Thanksgiving dinner for the local homeless shelter. I would really like to contribute but they are a faith-based charity and I’m worried that my donation will not be used wisely. I sent them an email… asking if the homeless people they help are required to participate in any religious counseling or if all who come to them for help are treated equally, regardless of religious participation. As far as I know there are no non-religious charities in this area helping the homeless. My question is: should atheists donate to help people knowing that their donation may be used to fund religious activities? This may seem like a silly question but it’s one I’m facing for the first time and I don’t know any non-religious people in my area to discuss this with. Thank you!
What advice would you give her?
[tags]atheist, atheism, donation, faith-based charities[/tags]