“Upstate Atheists,” a group of nonbelievers in South Carolina, has shown that they adopted the motto, “Charity Beyond Belief,” they really meant it!
Earlier this month, the group offered to volunteer at the local soup kitchen in Spartanburg, SC, and were turned down–because of their lack of religion! Lou Landrum, the “Christian” Executive Director of the soup kitchen was not pleased with these nonbelievers’ offer, though. Landrum said that she would resign before she allowed Atheists, in volunteering to help the hungry, be a “disservice to the community.” Landrum told the local paper,
“This is a ministry to serve God. We stand on the principles of God. Do they (atheists) think that our guests are so ignorant that they don’t know what an atheist is? Why are they targeting us? They don’t give any money. I wouldn’t want their money.”
That’s right–Landrum is the victim of a vicious gang of non believing scumbags who are trying to muscle in on God’s “feeding the hungry” racket.
The group refused to be deterred from their mission to help the needy.
Upstate Atheists vowed to put together hundreds of care packages and distribute them across the street from the soup kitchen, in an effort to continue their history of goodwill efforts in the community.
Landrum says she has no issue with the group doing its good deeds across the street, as long as the devil stays over there:
“They can set up across the street from the Soup Kitchen. They can have the devil there with them, but they better not come across the street.”
The group raised over $2000 to assemble and distribute over 300 care packages containing socks, gloves, deodorant, toothpaste, and other items.
Eve Brannon, president of Upstate Atheists describes the day as a success:
“I was upset with the hateful remarks. It certainly wasn’t necessary. However, it turned out well. Because we were turned away, we ended up being able to give the homeless care packages that they needed. The people in need are the ones who truly matter.”
The group hopes to raise money to obtain 501c3 status to enable further fundraising efforts. Upstate Atheists tries to do at least one community project a month. In the past, it has sponsored 25 foster children with holiday gifts, adopted a highway, cleaned up the grounds of a local cancer society, helped with park clean ups, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.
We wish the group the best of luck with their continued efforts to help the less fortunate, and sincerely hope that so-called “Christians” learn one day that unification in an effort to ease the suffering in the world is more important than dogmatic prejudice.
H/T: Huffington Post