I had an email from Lois Clark who was keen that we address a comment made by David Cameron in a speech some time ago that there is “no such thing as a Humanist Soup Kitchen.”
I have scanned around the blogoshere and found an interesting rebuttal in the form of an open letter to David.
One point made in this was the fact that “the non-religious give more to charity than the religious do. But of course that doesn’t even begin to paint an accurate picture because most non-believers don’t give to charity in the name of atheism so the actual higher is much higher.”
Chris Worfolk, the author of the piece, also links to the social venture capital site Kiva which shows that the non-believer/Atheist group has loaned more to social enterprises than any other group on the site. And, of course, many of the world’s largest charities are secular – such as the International Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontiers.
So much for the claim there is no such thing as a Humanist Soup Kitchen. And then again perhaps David is right. It’s just that humanists just call then Soup Kitchens. No glory is sought.