Sunday, June 19, 2005
Flaws of Religious Charities
Religious charities should be able to offer services and aid to people in the manner that suits them. If a Catholic charity would like to focus on servicing their own denomination, I think that's their choice. But when a government gives money to a religious charity, very distinct problems arise as to how that money is spent and which people the money serves.
This is merely my conjecture but I would guess that of the money that goes to "faith-based" charities, very close to 100% goes to Christian charities. Are there non-Christian "faith-based" charities? You bet. There are Muslim and NeoPagan charities, to name two I know of. Suppose there is a Satanist charity? Are they eligible for funds? (Given what I know of Satanism, it seems unlikely they are big on charity work but the point remains.) If they aren't eligible, why not?
Giving money to Christian charities but not to other faith's charities amounts to state sponsorship of Christianity in very real, monetary terms. That is not broadly "faith-based", that is quite specifically "Christian-based". It needs to be called that. I don't play that "Clear Skies Initiative" game of false and misleading names.