Monday, April 27, 2009

More on the Volunteerism Law

I am 100% against this law...I don't believe that it is the Government's place to "mandate volunteerism" -- or to do anything else related to volunteering!

But we need to be sure we react to the right portions of the Law. I read a blog recently that tried to prove the point that this law was in some way, shape, or form prohibiting religion. The claim was based on Section 132A. It claimed that this section forbid volunteers from participating in religious activities. It does not do that. Section 132A prohibits a volunteer position from being used for partisan political activities or from being used to engage in "religious instruction, conducting worship services, etc..."

In that section it is not clearly not prohibiting a volunteer from engaging in political or religious activities. It is prohibiting someone from using their volunteer position in those manners. There is a huge difference between the two.

We don't do ourselves any favors by misquoting or misapplying portions of a law like this!

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