Who says no to help? Christians, apparently

I get this article via a Freethinker/Facebook friend regarding a church-run food donation service in New Zealand that’s desperate for help delivering food, yet willing to deny secular folks the right to help out.

Kerry Bensemann, a born-again Christian who runs the 0800 Hungry food bank, said he was unable to keep up with the demand because the church community was not behind him.

He said many of the 120 orders could not be delivered on Friday last week, and he had the same problem on Thursday.

Bensemann, a former truck driver, said that while the warehouse had adequate staff, the charity’s policy was that parcels could be delivered only by members of a church.

He said many church groups were unwilling to help when asked if they could deliver food in their area. One group had told him it was too busy.

He said he had turned down help from non-religious people.

“I know it sounds really, really stupid, but you’ve got to understand how we’re set up.”

I can see how you’re set up – to be elitist bigots. People are willing to help you feed people in your town and you turn them down because they aren’t church people? How much more stupid do you want to look here? Yes, Bensemann, you are stupid, as is your entire organization. Charity only so far as it benefits the Christians doing it? Is that how you’re set up?

And you’re okay with that? You think that’s okay?


And then Christians wonder why many atheists are fed up with them on the whole. You know Jesus would have been gracious and accepted the help gladly, right?

He said the aim was to increase church involvement, and having the food delivered by non-religious volunteers would defeat the purpose.

“It’s like sending someone who plays ping-pong out to play for the All Blacks.”

I thought the purpose was to get people fed, myself. And why would you assume a ping-pong player couldn’t be good at rugby? Goofy ass logic, I think.

He said he was not attacking church groups, but wanted to encourage them to do more.

Other food banks said they were thankful for any volunteers. City Missioner Michael Gorman said the organisation had its roots in the Anglican Church, but it welcomed any volunteers.

Well that’s good news at least. At least this group isn’t the only one in town trying to do a good thing for only certain kinds of people. Hopefully those other church groups were too busy helping those groups instead of giving this doofus a hand.

And yet, whoever this group helps still needs the food he wants to bring around. Hopefully enough bad press will make him rethink his method of delivery, though.

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