Feeding the Poor on Human Rights Day

Ah, we would be a much better world if prayer actually worked; but, it does not and we all know it, even by some who believe in the power of prayer.

On December 10, “Human Rights Day,” Pope Francis is asking the faithful to pray to stop hunger. The prayer is to start on the island nation of Tonga at noon and continue around the world over 24-hours in 162 countries.

But prayer does not work, people do and to stop hunger we, atheists, secular humanists, free thinkers and others of our persuasion, can work with our local food banks to help feed those in need. And that number is still growing. Why? Prayer does not work, people do and to stop hunger we, atheists, secular humanists, free thinkers and others of our persuasion, can work with our local food banks to help feed those in need.

Of the 203,000 new jobs filled in November, 2013, about 60,000 are minimum wage food service or retail jobs. It is estimated that over 50-percent of the newly hired are “underemployed,” working jobs below their education level. Or the job is a second or third for the employee to help make ends meet.

Here in the middle of Middle-America, a family of four needs between $36,000 and $57,000 to survive. The median pay in Boone County, MO, home to the University of Missouri, is just over $33,500, which means a large number of families are in “economics hardship.” If it were not for St. Louis and Kansas City, the median wage in Missouri would be below $30,000.  

We can feed those in need. On week of December 9, have your local chapter of American Humanists or American Atheists collect canned goods for the local food bank. It does not matter if it is a secular or sectarian operation , the goal is the same: Helping those who are having problems helping themselves.

About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place). He is the winner of the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing. He is also an editor and award-winning speaker. His book, "A Christian Nation? An examination of Christian nation theories and proofs" is available on Amazon, com as a paperback and eBook.
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