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Wed Jun 12, 2013, 07:36 PM

God is opposed to food stamps? Letís try an evidence-based approach to hunger instead.

Recently, I wrote about a Democratic Representative of Congress who used biblical arguments for doing something about global warming to counter a Republican Representativeís biblical arguments for doing nothing about global warming. I advocated for evidence-based decisions rather than faith-based decisions, which put me on the do-something side.

Now we have a Republican who used biblical arguments against food stamps to counter Democrats who used biblical arguments for food stamps. During a meeting of the House Agricultural Committee, Tennessee Rep. Stephen Fincher quoted from Matthew and Thessalonians that the poor will always be with us and that those unwilling to work shall not eat. Fincher acknowledged that caring for the hungry might be something for Christians to do, but not with government money. While I strongly support separation of church and state, I think thatís a rather bizarre framing of the concept. Private support for the least among us can be for religious or secular reasons, but I hope we will never have a government that ignores the least among us.

Unfortunately, biblical arguments have become so commonplace in politics that they are hardly worth noting. This one, however, has an added dimension. Although Fincher complained about Washington stealing taxpayer money from some and giving it to others, he had no problem with Washington giving him $3.48 million of taxpayer dollars since 1999 for farm subsidies. Last year he reportedly received over $70,000, which I assume he needed more than those low-income people he wants to cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Itís easy for powerful members of Congress to help themselves to such largess and justify it biblically with ďGod helps those who help themselves.Ē Thatís not really in the Bible, but no matter. It sounds like it could be, and thatís good enough. If Rep. Fincher were to read his Bible carefully, he might find a word or two about hypocrites.

http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/6/12/god-is-opposed-to-food-stamps-let-s-try-an-evidence-based-approach-to-hunger-instead#

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 07:49 PM

1. The problem is, ďGod helps those who help themselves,Ē isn't Biblical.

It appears Nowhere in the Bible. These sacrilegious goons are frauds.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 09:00 PM

2. Jesus certainly believed in feeding the hungry

 

Remember when he multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed the multitude gathered to hear him speak?

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