I saw a tweet about this article about a new welfare program where ‘street pastors’ help people on the street. I assumed it meant homeless people. The article says ‘The volunteers plan to patrol Brunswick, Smith and Swan streets to hand out blankets, bottles of water and thongs, as well as lend an ear to those who need a chat, and potentially diffuse dangerous situations.’
Fair enough, I thought. Homeless people have a difficult time and it’s good to see them getting some help. So I clicked on the link to the go to the organisation’s own site to read more. I read, then reread, what it said in disbelief.
The pastors aren’t going to be providing help to the mentally ill homeless people who really need it. It seems they are instead aiming to provide support for the suburban thugs who come into town to party and trash themselves. This is completely unnecessary middle class welfare.
Their site states ‘We will hand out bottles of water to sober people up, give thongs to those with sore feet from high heels, give blankets to the cold, help people get home safely, comfort the distraught, diffuse potentially difficult situations before they occur, protect the vulnerable, build relationships and connect people with help.’
WTF? Let me translate. They will waste money giving away bottled water to people who can afford to buy their own drinks. They’ll give disco princesses thongs to wear to stop them complaining about how sore their feet are after voluntarily wearing stupid high heeled shoes. They’ll give blankets to the bimbos who go out at night in winter half naked.
They’ll comfort the distraught bogans who sit in the gutter crying after having found their partner snogging someone else in the toilets. They’ll help people get home by calling them taxis and connect people with help, in other words call the police if the idiot twenty somethings start getting too stroppy.
If this is the modern face of Christian charity its a sure sign of the death of Christianity. I thought Jesus helped the poor and sick, not the cosseted and self-indulged. As an atheist, I think a lot of religiously inspired behaviour is absurd, but this is the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard.
These street pastors should reevaluate who really needs their help, because middle class suburbans with money to spend drinking on Smith St are definitely not the most needy people in the City of Yarra.