I have a question about UNICEF, which I know will probably be provacative and will probably irritate people.
As an atheist, I believe in complete separation of church and state, and I am wondering if anybody truly understands what UNICEF’s current perceived or actual mandate is vis a vis Christianity.
When I was growing up in the 1970’s my parents were very opposed to giving via UNICEF because it had very clear links to Christian organizations—and were were Jewish—and it’s not something we supported.
I realize that the leadership of UNICEF has changed over the decades and that until very recently there was a woman in charge who was very much in line with my personal philosophical outlook (whether she was an atheist or not is irrelevant - the fact was that she supported things like birth control education and other things).
Recently a more right-wing, Bush related appointee took over in 2005 and ironically the article I found was in the Christian Science Monitor, which I abhor.
I don’t know if the agenda has changed—or drifted back towards the right (religious) but I suspect that it has from the little I could find. I respect their overall mission as the marketing department on their website spins it—but I dont’ know the reality—and I don’t really want to assume anything-but it really, really concerns me.
I don’t want my kids—or myself—having to support an organization with an underlying Christian agenda—because I don’t think that religous philosophy furthers the evolution of our species in any way whatsoever. I think it is divisive, and without any foundation in reality and unncessary to the moral/ethical foundations of our species.
Most of you (obviously, from polls conducted all the time) cannot begin to relate to what I’m saying. I dont’ really care. But I’d like to know if and why the school system in Croton is supporting something with a hidden or not so hidden agenda—UNICEF.
I will continue my research but I’d like to see if others already have the information.
I realize I can just opt-out of supporting it - but I still would like to be able to make my voice heard if I find out that this is in fact a Christian organization at its roots.
— Mathew Peretz