The Upstate Atheists from Spartanburg, South Carolina have worked with Adopt-A-Highway, Habitat for Humanity, and the Generous Garden Project, and they made plans this past spring to volunteer at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen:
As one of the members told me, though, that didn’t work out too well:
We asked the director… whether or not it would be permissible for us to wear t-shirts with our organization’s logo on them. She told us that we were not welcome to volunteer at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen because they are a “place of God,” and she knew “our motivations.”
Even after the group promised not to wear shirts with their logos — that they just wanted to help — the soup kitchen still refused to let them in.
So the atheists have come up with an alternative plan:
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