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Think twice before donating to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)

I have always had a problem with the begging of money and goal setting of the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). I don’t give through CFC anymore and certainly not after reading the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers CFC list. I do not support charities that directly or indirectly openly proselytize religion to non-religious groups, especially the underprivileged.  For example, missionary work takes advantage of those without the knowledge to see through what may seem like “magic.”  It also essentially serves as a bribe, offering essentials like food, shelter, and information in return for submission to religious indoctrination.

Here’s how I see it. Most charities offer some sort of newsletter or magazine benefit for becoming a member. When you donate directly, you get that benefit and “member status” which is usually not provided with a CFC donation. Also, CFC takes a small portion from each donation to cover their operating costs for things such as the brochure and donation form. That brochure promotes many charities that are religion based. So without even thinking about it, each person who donates through CFC is indirectly promoting all the other charities in that book, many of which they may not agree with.

So if you want to ensure ALL your money goes to the charity of your choice, donate to them directly, get the “member benefits” that go along with the donation, and have the peace of mind knowing that you’re not indirectly supporting all the other charities you don’t agree with in the CFC book.

October 30, 2007 - Posted by | Current Events, Money, News, Random, Religion

2 Comments »

  1. Hi
    I can understand in part why you say…
    “I do not support charities that directly or indirectly openly proselytize religion to non-religious groups, especially the underprivileged. For example, missionary work takes advantage of those without the knowledge to see through what may seem like “magic.” ”

    Think of it this way. Give a man a fish and he is hungry the next day. Teach a man to fish and give him a sense of purpose as say the Christian missionaries do and you help him and his family for life.

    In 1975 Papua New Guinea was given independence and the missionaries were mostly withdrawn. Today the country is given huge amounts of international aide and it is basically ungovernable and the infrastructure has collapsed.

    The only safe aircraft in the country are those of the few missionaries remaining. The only workable schools are the mission schools and the only towns that function are those where the missionaries were.

    Comment by scibox | October 30, 2007 | Reply

  2. “Think of it this way. Give a man a fish and he is hungry the next day. Teach a man to fish and give him a sense of purpose as say the Christian missionaries do and you help him and his family for life.

    In 1975 Papua New Guinea was given independence and the missionaries were mostly withdrawn. Today the country is given huge amounts of international aide and it is basically ungovernable and the infrastructure has collapsed.

    The only safe aircraft in the country are those of the few missionaries remaining. The only workable schools are the mission schools and the only towns that function are those where the missionaries were.”

    That’s great if those missionaries were doing it out of the kindness of their heart. However, they were asking the peoples of those areas to prostitute their free will to the devotion of said GOD or burn for eternity as most christians believe. PASS!

    Comment by realist | October 3, 2008 | Reply


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