Community Service Only Counts if It’s Religiously Oriented?


(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.

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5 thoughts on “Community Service Only Counts if It’s Religiously Oriented?

  1. Never remotely thought of community service as religiously oriented – but as that which directly served the community. Haha I wouldn’t even think of a Sunday School teacher as doing a “Community Service” however I’d think of something like Habitat for Humanity, picking up roadside garbage, soup kitchens, shelters, food for the homeless… I’d characterize it as basically most services that meet genuine needs in the community at large. I don’t really think of it as something to meet a specific religious group. It’s just member participation if you teach Sunday School or otherwise volunteer at a religious organization you belong to.

    So I’m genuinely shocked. But then again… you know I’m definitely against religious crap. πŸ˜›

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  2. Just so you know, that question of mine was really just the result of paper assignment aggravation. My school requires community service, which I do *not* mind at all – but they also require a paper on each hour of service, and the prompt questions are absurd. Hence my frustration. (usually any statti or comments of mine appearing on FB which could possibly be construed as “serious” are sarcastic in nature)

    I totally get your point – I don’t think that’s what the commenter meant, though. I think those were just the things that happened to pop into her head – while I’m sure there are some head cases out there who would discount community service if it wasn’t related to their religious group, I doubt she meant to be so exclusive.

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    • Ah well. I of course did not know the person, and the comment was directed at you who would have actual context for the person/comment, but the idea just (obviously) touched a rather sore nerve.

      πŸ™‚

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  3. Religious things are the last thing I think of when I think of community service.. I guess I’ve seen churches get together to do outreaches/donation drives/etc, but I’ve never thought of volunteering to do stuff *for* the church as being “community” service. Churches are cliques by default.

    When I did volunteer work, I’d go to nursing homes to help there. Usually they just needed people to visit the residents, and they were always so happy to have guests. I also volunteered at the women’s shelter a few times, as well as the zoo.

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  4. Dear person who wrote this blog,
    Take it easy there a second. πŸ™‚ Just because this person who posted the comment, or those who responded to it, only cited religious or specifically Christian avenues of community service doesn’t mean they are against all other forms of it. Perhaps if they are Christian, these were the things that first came to mind, as those from other religions or non-religious backgrounds would tend to think of aspects more specific to their lives. You cannot judge a person absolutely by what they do not do, unless they explicitly state why they do not do it. For example, if this person spoke hatefully against Muslims, you could assume they would have a problem with anyone volunteering at a mosque, but since they do not, you cannot assume that. Maybe if you had suggested your own ideas on this person’s post instead of coming here to vent, you could have educated the ignoramuses of the world to think beyond their own circle. πŸ˜‰ Do you really think this person was trying to shove religion down anyone’s throat, or just share honestly what he or she had in mind? Political correctness is so last decade, and our society at large is beginning to realize that it is in itself a form of narrow-minded prejudice, in which people are discouraged from saying what they believe, in order to supposedly not offend those who may believe differently. Why don’t we all just be honest and say what we believe, as long as it is respectful to those who may disagree?

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