Months after the Katrina disaster, U.K. Guardian columnist Roy Hattersley observed that nearly all of the unpleasant work in alleviating the continued suffering of victims was being performed by groups having a religious association. Hattersley commented, "Notable by their absence are teams from rationalist societies, free thinkers' clubs and atheists' associations--the sort of people who not only scoff at religion's intellectual absurdity but also regard it as a positive force for evil."


After wondering why his non-Christian comrades did not respond more christianly, Hattersley went on to say,


"The only possible conclusion is that faith comes with a packet of moral imperatives that, while they do not condition the attitude of all believers, influence enough of them to make them morally superior to atheists like me."


For Further Reading:
A Purpose-Driven Nation?  Alan Wolfe, Wall Street Journal

Purpose Driven in Rwanda, Timothy Morgan, Christianity Today

Faith does breed charity, Roy Hattersley, UK Guardian

The World Factbook--Tanzania, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency

Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, homepage

African Orphans, homepage

Missionaries Of Africa, homepage

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