The Kansas City Atheist coalition was recently informed by the Kansas City Rescue Mission that, despite the group’s enthusiastic response in assisting with feeding the poor on Thanksgiving for the past two years, the KCAC’s assistance would not be needed this Thanksgiving. Julie Larocco, missing the point of “giving” entirely, told the local paper, “We want to share the message with the people we serve that ‘God loves you, and you are not alone.’ It seemed to us that this (atheist) group probably would not want to deliver those meals.”
Instead of enthusiastically welcoming the chance to join with people who hold different belief systems in a concerted effort to help the needy, the Kansas City Rescue Mission has decided to go a different direction. The Atheist group was informed that it would not be a “good fit” in the Mission’s new endeavor to use hunger as a means of conversion. The group was informed that the Mission intended to include religious propaganda with meals.
Like the Upstate Atheists in South Carolina, who were not permitted to help feed the hungry in Spartanburg because the local soup kitchen did not want Atheists to muscle in on the “feeding the hungry” racket, the KCAC has found alternative means of helping the needy.
According to the Huffington Post, an “overwhelming” number of agencies reached out to the Kansas City Atheist Coalition through its web site. The KCAC decided to help the Micah Ministry, the outreach mission of Independence Boulevard Christian Church, serve Thanksgiving dinner to the hungry in an event that, according to Huffpo, “offers guests the chance to sit and be served in a dignified way without waiting on ‘food lines.'”
The KCAC wrote on its web site that,
Senior Minister Lee Chiaramonte has expressed that they do not require an acceptance of faith from those who volunteer, nor do they ask one of those who need a warm meal for the night. They accept all who enter their doors regardless of faith, sexual orientation, race, creed, or legal standing. We are quite excited to simply work together and sincerely help those who are less fortunate.
Now, THAT is a Christian organization! Congratulations to the KCAC for winning the fight against discrimination, and thank you to the Micah Ministry for proving to the world that real Christians do exist!