San Diego ACLU legal director David Loy objects to a religious organization involved in raising money in public schools in San Marcos Unified School District. (See story below.)
share Mr. Loy's concern about the charity for two reasons.
First, I don't like a charity that has the goal of merely passing out meals in Africa, without addressing underlying economic problems. I would urge citizens of San Marcos to give to Oxfam rather than this charity.
Oxfam teaches people how
to fish rather than giving them a fish to eat. They create better economic conditions, giving jobs to parents rather than meals to children. They let the parents feed their own kids with the money they make.
The San Marcos charity simply serves meals to kids.
Well, actually, I suspect that's not all they do. Which brings me to my second criticism: the violation of the First Amendment.
I suspect that the charity is serving meals for a limited time because
it wants to give religious training to kids. After they're converted,
the charity's goals have been achieved, and the feeding of the kids is
no longer a priority.
I can understand that Mr. Loy would be worried
about the slippery slopes that surround enterprises like this one, but
if he's going to worry about the dangers of everyday activities that
threaten the First Amendment, he should worry first about his own actions quashing free speech. Why should he hold San Marcos Middle
School to such an exacting standard when he is so lax about the First
Amendment in other situations?