Don't bother Conservative Christians with that pesky poverty issue! You can almost here them saying 'Poverty? What poverty?'
Seems like cutting domestic spending programs for the poor is not a sexy enough issue for so-called 'Christian' conservatives.
Paul Hetrick, a spokesman for right-wing nut job James Dobson's Focus on the Family, says "It's not a question of the poor not being important or that meeting their needs is not important. But whether or not a baby is killed in the seventh or eighth month of pregnancy, that is less important than help for the poor? We would respectfully disagree with that." (So let me see if I can get this straight, Mr. Hetrick. Love the fetus, hate the child seems to be your modus operandi. The obligation to a child ends once that child is born? I get it now!)
Hetrick's fellow right-wing fundie, Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council, says "There is a [biblical] mandate to take care of the poor. There is no dispute of that fact. But it does not say government should do it. That's a shifting of responsibility."
Forgive me, Mr. Perkins, for thinking that we all live in this world together, and we are not a country unto ourselves. Forgive me for thinking that Jesus Christ was talking to ALL OF US (as human beings) when he said "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40).
Forgive me, Mr. Perkins, for thinking He was talking to all of us in Matthew 25:35: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in."
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