Even worse was the reaction I got when I tried to volunteer at the local crisis pregnancy center. They were open and friendly when I told them I wanted to work there. They listened when I told them I had had a great deal of experience discussing abortion on the internet, and had helped numerous women choose life. Then I told them I was an atheist. “Sorry, we are a Christian ministry” the woman said. “We don’t have atheists or nonchristians working here. But you are free to give a donation.”
I asked them if I could have a position where I wouldn’t be called upon to counsel women. Could I do paperwork or answer the phone? The answer was no. They wanted no help from me.
As an experiment, I took up the phone book and called nine crisis pregnancy centers. I did not find a single one that would allow an atheist to volunteer.
So why are pro-life groups seemingly unable to look beyond their faith? I mean, even for self-serving strategic reasons, you would think they would *love* to get someone like Sarah on their side. It would show that their position isn’t purely based on religion; it’s one that even atheists can get behind.
I’m not saying that Sarah’s position makes any sense to me — it doesn’t — but I can’t understand why pro-life groups would reject help from someone who agrees with them on their core issue but disagrees with them on another (unrelated?) one.