During a discussion at Tuesday’s Calaveras County Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Darren Spellman said that Red Cross is a Christian organization.
His comment came during discussion on whether the Board of Supervisors should honor Door of Hope, a Christian anti-abortion group based in San Andreas. Spellman was responding to criticism from fellow Supervisor Merita Callaway, who felt the Board of Supervisors should remain neutral on matters of religion. Spellman noted that the Board had recently honored local Red Cross volunteers, and since Red Cross in his understanding is a Christian organization, that act was the equivalent of recognizing Door of Hope for its work to “assist” women facing unexpected pregnancies.
So what about that Red Cross? Well, in Muslim countries, it is a Red Crescent. And the international and national organizations for Red Cross claim that because the movement has roots in Switzerland (a nation famed for its neutrality) the Red Cross symbol was created by reversing the colors of the Swiss Flag.
Here’s a statement I found today on the American Red Cross website:
“In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Red Cross may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.”
I happen to also serve at times as a Red Cross volunteer. We are trained that we shall not in any way advocate for a particular cultural, religious or political perspective while we are offering aid to those in need. In contrast, the Board of Supervisors resolution recognizing Door of Hope specifically singles out the organization for teaching women about the “blessings” of following the “teachings of Christ.”