Friday, October 9, 2009

Proselytize this!

So after Keith Olbermann's fantastic and touching full hour Special Comment last night regarding Health Care Reform & his father's diminishing health, I decided that since I cannot afford to donate any money to the National Association of Free Clinics, that maybe I could volunteer and donate some time instead. On the NAFC website, I found one local free clinic: Haller Lake Christian Health Center. There site has a volunteer page outlining the varied types of volunteer help they could use and an application form. I opened the application form to find that, not only is the entire document written annoyingly in Comic Sans font, but it is laced with Christian "ideals" and propaganda. Here are a few nuggets:

"Mission Statement: To show Christ, the Great Physician, to the community of North Seattle, Washington through a church-
based health clinic for the medically underserved"
"...providing them with quality compassionate health care and asking the Holy Spirit for opportunities to share the Good News of the Great Physician
with them."
"HLCHC’s foundation for establishing an ethics policy is based on our understanding of the Bible."
"HLCHC Statement of faith: I. The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is inspired by God. It is the only infallible authori-
tative Word of God. There is only one God. He is infinitely perfect..."
"VIII.The second coming of Jesus Christ to the earth is imminent.—Hebrews 10:37"

And Then my favorite:

"Have you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Yes or No?" & "Describe your relationship with Jesus Christ (continue on back if more space is needed)."

All I want to do is volunteer some time in hope that my effort in some small way may help the Health Care Reform deciders come closer to universal care. You can name your center "Sacred Heart" or "St. Mary's", or whatever you want and I won't care, but the moment you start asking about how my life is or isn't affected by Christ on a application form...I get the feeling you may turn me down if you find out that I think you are ridiculous for believing in said god.

Am I off base here? I think it's really inappropriate.

1 comment:

Jessep said...

No, you aren't off base at all for that's incredibly offensive as well as just plain retarded! Would they turn down a neurosurgeon because they were an atheist? Of course not, so why should they turn down a janitor, maintenance person or any other volunteer willing to help because they have different beliefs or none at all?

That is incredibly offensive...