Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 13/12/2011 (3270 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
A sneak peek at the Youth for Christ building at Main Street and Higgins Avenue was an opportunity for some readers to launch a sneak attack on possible motives behind the facility.
Why can't this place be honest with the public? Services such as these do not come free and our impressionable youth will soon learn the painful lesson as pressures mount to give to the cause. The typical guilt trip will be employed as "Christ wants them to have fun, but he needs money in order to help them have that fun." After all, there is no business with as much experience as christianity in "righteously" fleecing the public.
Seriously, people? At the end of the day, this provides an option for many young people who have no other options for safe recreation, safe haven, or 'normal' interaction. If this is the alternative to being on the street, being at home with a drunk parent or stealing a car, a little information about religion (and I'm not religious, so no advocating for that here!) cannot be the worst thing in the world. Are you all so blind being self-righteous about how much you abhor church-run programs that you cannot see the value in this for kids? Get over yourselves and remember this is about the kids.
I am non-religious. I understand the risks of subtly wrapped religious messaging within the context of social services. However, to support YFC for a moment, at least SOMEONE is building a big, beautiful building downtown in the ghetto. If not for YFC, this corner would've been an ugly empty lot for dealers and pimps. We need more development downtown whether it be religious or not.
-- peg city on the prairies
Youth for the guy behind "the Good Samaritan" and "love your neighbour as yourself" and "love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you?" Sounds like exactly what that area needs.
I'm a former Christian and a former YFC volunteer. I genuinely liked this group of people when I was there, and there are certainly scarier groups than this one. But I really would prefer to see a secular group running this kind of place. I managed to escape religion. I don't like to see vulnerable kids get wrapped up in it.
People are far too afraid of religion to see the wonderful things believers are capable of. I have been going to their previous location for the last 10 years, since I was 15. Never once was I indoctrinated or pressured to give donations. We paid to get in, to keep the building heated and kept up. This building is a first for Canada, the quality and intentions behind it are great. It is terribly telling of a secular society when it is so afraid of faith that they can't see the selfless commitment many people make to help others.
I won't be overcritical here. It's great there's a new place in town where our youths can stay safe and have fun, but what better way to get youths to join an organized religion than to guise it as a facility with all these awesome features? I remember getting asked to go to the Springs Christians Church. The minute I stepped foot in their building they were pressuring me to convert, I politely told them I was secular humanist and was asked to leave. Kids these days have no rationality and it just pains me to see organized religion prey on our youth. +1 for an awesome rec centre -10,000 for stalling the progression and development of youth and humanity.
I have written and deleted pages and pages of responses to this article and the people who have posted here. In the end, I'm borderline depressed that all the volunteers and people who contributed their own after-tax dollars to build and operate this facility are being disparaged by people who ascribe them as having vicious motives when all they want to do is help kids who never got a decent shot at a normal life. They don't tell these kids who to vote for, how to dress, and they don't in any way "force" Christian teachings on them. Some of the misinformed comments made here really make me sad for the future of this city.