Today I received two comments that expressed another point of view. Because I like to think of myself as an equal opportunity blogger, all opinions are respected here and I have re-posted those comments here. Because both posters posted anonymously, I am unable to respond to them personally, but it occurred to me that there may be others who might benefit from both the comments and my replies.
First, concerning the sale of our prayer shawls as a fundraiser for Grace Bay House, I received the following comment:
"It's beautiful but I don't think shawls should be sold! That was not the intent of the originators of this particular ministry. Find another way to raise your funds."
Nonetheless, this does raise an interesting point. I'd be interested to hear what other readers have to say. And of course, if you or other readers have other fundraising suggestions, by all means, please let us know as we are always open to fresh ideas and new methods and we have a very aggressive fundraising goal with a short time frame in which to meet it.
I think your cause is well thought out and very worthy.
My problem comes with the question of religion. I don't practice Christianity, and often find that those who do can be quite exclusionary. We each find God in our own way, and for me there are far too many "Christian fill-in-the-blanks." I think you are a good woman with a good cause, I have contributed before, but I find this a bit overwhelming.
It makes me sad that religion is even an issue with this project because rapists do not discriminate. Gender, age, income, social status, physical appearance, race and even religion have no bearing on who becomes a victim. Likewise, Grace Bay Charities makes no such distinctions about the women we are called to serve. The women we are reaching out to come from all walks of life and while they may have notable differences, they all share a common painful past. The bottom line is that Grace Bay Charities needs everyone's help because it is through your financial support, your love and your prayers that these women are beginning to see the light at the end of a very, very dark tunnel.