We have been encouraged to clear out old emails, as a lot of space is being occupied on the server unnecessarily. Came across this article, which was emailed to me back in 2005
WORKS WITHOUT FAITH ARE DEAD
The role of the Salvation Army as lead provider of disaster relief in the hurricane-hit USA has led a former deputy leader of the Labour party to admit the crucial place of faith in works of charity. Writing in The Guardian, Roy Hattersley notes that a general appeal for 40,000 volunteers by the Red Cross was "virtually ignored" but "almost all" the groups who responded to the disaster "have a religious origin". "Free thinkers’ clubs and atheists’ associations" who often regard faith "as a positive force for evil" were "notable by their absence", he writes. Although liberals and atheists like himself have no disapproval for the likes of drug addicts and prostitutes, whose lives lead them into distress, he notes examples of Christians who actually respond to their anguish. Free-thinking "has not made us as admirable as the average captain in the Salvation Army," he concludes.Source: The Guardian (12/9)http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1567604,00.html
Couldn't help wondering whether anyone other than the Salvation Army would have produced the same set of questions from Roy Hattersley.