Humanist Soup Kitchen

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.


3 Responses

  1. I would have thought that any mainstream Christian soup kitchen would be a ‘humanist soup kitchen’, as mainstream Christianity is a fundamentally humanistic religion. Humanism is coming to be meant as ‘secular humanism’ only, which is a shame – religious humanists have as much claim to the humanist tag as secular humanists.

    • Humanism is good in all its guises – just as long as the focus is on charity rather than peddling myths or ‘conversion’. Secular humanism has no doctrinal agenda.

  2. That comment reads as though the authors meaning is ‘all humanism is good, as long as it’s secular humanism’. Well, at least you’ve got that off your chest !

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