‘We urge you to consider supporting only secular charities…’
(Connecticut Post) Deep in the heart of Trump country, the Salvation Army’s ubiquitous red kettle is turning into a cauldron of controversy for Sen. George Logan.
An Ansonia Republican, Logan’s volunteer work as a bell-ringer outside a Walmart in Naugatuck for the Salvation Army, which is a Christian charity, has drawn opposition from a secularist group.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation called on Logan to keep up the separation between church and state.
The group wrote to him Tuesday to voice its objections to him ringing the bell outside the big box store twice this week, including an appearance scheduled for Saturday at noon….
“We urge you to consider supporting only secular charities in the future,” the Madison, Wisc., group wrote Logan. “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 preference.”
Logan will be pulling double duty for the Salvation Army Saturday, manning a kettle outside Walmart in Hamden in the morning.
“I think it’s kind of sad to politicize charity work,” Logan said. “The Salvation Army is trying to raise money to provide food, clothing and, in some cases, shelter for people.”
In 2016, the Naugatuck Valley, which Logan represents, overwhelming went for Donald Trump, whose “We’re Saying Merry Christmas Again” refrain resonated with many voters in the blue-collar region….