(Warning: the following post is rated R for language.)
I know FB is where all the ignoramuses of the world go to hang out, but really? An acquaintance of mine asked in her status for opinions as to what counted as community service, and the examples given were all religious, as in being a Sunday school teacher or director or volunteering for a church function.
What. The. Fuck.
Excuse me? What if the person in question isn’t religious at all? Or what is they’re Muslim and would like to volunteer at a mosque? I would bet a paycheck on the person who gave the religious examples balking at that idea. “But we were founded as a Christian nation!” You can go to hell. That point could be argued for hours and no one would succeed in convincing the other person that their view was wrong (and this post is not meant to open that discussion, so take your flaming elsewhere). The bottom line for community service should be, does it benefit humanity in general? I don’t care if it wins you points with your deity of choice or not.
Anyway, I know that most communities do have other options for community service, I am just rather outraged that the idea that service has to be religious still exists. How about animal shelters? Or literacy centers? Or soup kitchens (some of which are non-faith-oriented)? And on, and on. There are so many more ways to contribute and give back to your community that don’t involve shoving your religion down anyone’s throat.
Lots of straws breaking this camel’s back today…back to your usual, mild-mannered, generally child-safe posting at a later date.