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Christian Group Bans Atheists from Volunteering at Thanksgiving to Feed Homeless

| by Michael Allen

The Kansas City Atheist Coalition claims that the Kansas City Rescue Mission, which is a Christian organization, has banned atheists from helping to feed the homeless for Thanksgiving this year, even though they have done so in the past.

The Kansas City Atheist Coalition stated on its website:

Kansas City Rescue Mission has decided to use the meals they deliver as a chance to proselytize to its recipients by inserting religious literature into the meals. They informed us that we “would not be a good fit” (emphasis theirs) for volunteering with them, and declined to respond to any further inquiries.

The further unfortunate truth of this is that they waited until after we had spent roughly a month trying to get a hold of them to tell us they would not be accepting our offer to help volunteer.

On their website, the Kansas City Rescue Mission (KCRM) stresses the need for other people's help in their quest to aid "hungry, poverty-stricken and homeless" people:

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Hunger affects hundreds in Kansas City and KCRM wants to make it easy for you to reach out to our neighbors in need. This Thanksgiving season, KCRM and partnering churches will continue the tradition of providing feasts for the homeless through our onsite nine-day Celebration of Thanks.

We’re counting on your help to supply the hundreds of pounds of food needed to provide 2,400 meals for hungry, poverty-stricken and homeless men, women and children through our three Thanksgiving community outreaches.

According to RawStory.com, the Kansas City Atheist Coalition is looking for another group to work with for Thanksgiving.

Earlier this year, the Kansas City Atheist Coalition was banned from having a float in the St. Patrick's Day parade, reported KCTV5.com.

Parade organizers said the event celebrated St. Patrick, a patron saint of Ireland, and the Christian beliefs that he represented.

"The Atheist Coalition's published mission is to advance godlessness through activism, and its stated intent regarding the 2013 parade was to carry banners with phrases such as 'positively godless' and 'morals without mythology,'" parade organizers said in a statement in March.

"It was with respect for the legacy of St. Patrick that the parade committee turned down the Atheist Coalition's application to participate in this year's procession," the organizers added.

Sources: Kcrm.org, KCAtheist.org, KCTV5.com, RawStory.com