A group of Republican lawmakers in
Connecticut said they would not allow themselves to be bullied by a
bunch of angry, out-of-town atheists.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based horde of
atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers were outraged after they learned
that Republican lawmakers were raising money for the Salvation Army.
“I received a letter from the group and they suggested quite strongly
that I should refrain from volunteering from any organization or charity
that is religious based,” State Sen. George Logan told the Todd Starnes
Radio Show. Click here to listen to the entire interview.
For the past several years, Republicans in the Connecticut house and
senate have volunteered their time to ring bells during the Salvation
Army’s red kettle drive.
But the Freedom From Religion Foundation pitched a hissy fit and fired
off a nasty letter to Sen. Logan – obtained by the Connecticut Post.
“We urge you to consider supporting only secular charities in the
future,” the group wrote. “This will ensure that representatives do not
give the appearance of promoting an overtly Christian mission and will
prevent citizens from feeling ostracized by their elected
representatives because of their religious beliefs or sexual
I just can’t imagine people infected with such a deep-seated hatred of
What kind of a vile human being would find pleasure in watching people
go hungry for Christmas or watching a homeless child shiver outside in
“Their whole premise is I should not work with any organization that has
any religious ties because it may offend someone in the community,” Sen.
Logan told the Todd Starnes Show.
The money raised by the bell ringers funds a variety of Salvation Army
ministries – from homeless shelters to addiction programs to providing
warm coats for children.
Sen. Logan dismissed arguments from the Freedom From Religion Foundation
that helping the Salvation Army was a separation of church and state
“It doesn’t mean lawmakers like myself are supposed to turn our back to
our faith. That is not the intent,” he told the Todd Starnes Show. “It’s
utterly ridiculous. The purpose of ringing those bells is to raise money
for the needy.”
So Sen. Logan did what any red-blooded, freedom-loving American would
“I decided to ring even more bells for the Salvation Army,” he defiantly
declared. “We’ve raised more money than ever now – thanks to all the
attention.” (A development that is certain to curdle the atheists’ egg-nog.)
He has also received correspondence from the good, church-going people
of Wisconsin – who are irate at the FFRF troublemakers.
“They want it to be known that not everyone in Wisconsin is against the
Salvation Army,” he said.
So here’s to Sen. George Logan – an American patriot. He rang the
Salvation Army’s bells and he jingled the atheists’ bells.
Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary. His latest book is “The
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