If your church is over in areas of the world with very high HIV/AIDS burdens and is telling people that using condoms is “bad”, then please, shut the fuck up about how much “good” your church is doing. These are for-profit (prophet?) organizations that attempt to lure people into their religion with the promise of clean water, food, and medical attention. Many of the missionaries that go to these areas are more concerned with adding another “soul” to their little soul tally sheet or whatever (“saving” the person from eternal torment, blah blah blah) than they are with that individual’s very real, physical suffering in the here and now. And that is disgusting. One of my close friends wanted to volunteer with some church-based group in one such area. She was accepted. But then promptly had that acceptance revoked when she disclosed that she was an atheist. Here’s a hint for all of those religiously-affiliated charities: if you turn down someones help simply because her/his opinions about the supernatural differ from yours, you probably don’t really give that much of a rat’s ass about helping the people you so passionately claim to want to help. Same if you refuse to render that aid to a person because of a difference in religious ideology.
note: though this post is a bit heavy-handed towards those of you who are religious, it by no means is meant to say that all religious people are like this or that all “religious” charity work is bad. Hopefully this will get some of you more religious people to think: ‘hmmm…am I doing this charity work because I actually care about and wish to alleviate some of the suffering that I see because I genuinely have compassion towards these people, regardless of race, religion, etc or am I doing this because I want to “make good” with God/Allah/ect. because charity is commanded of me or prosthelytizing is seen as necessary?”