To The Daily Sun,
Regarding a letter that churches, not the government should help the needy, a local church has been asking for help to keep its food pantry open, obviously not able to help unless a large donation is made to them from the public.
As a former fundamentalist Baptist, I often heard from the pulpit a disregard for those who do not work and take care of their families. Every day on the radio, I hear conservative talk shows bashing the lazy bums that receive a government handout.
Most religions are conservative in requiring others to do their part in order to please God and not be a burden to others. Certainly there are many churches that help a few in the communities that they live in and they are also usually asking for donations from the public. Churches cannot miraculously produce 5,000 fish and bread to feed the needy as Jesus supposedly did. They ask for donations.
Government help was started because charitable organizations, including churches, could not or would not help all of those in need. Conservatives, many of whom are religious, are always complaining about having to pay taxes to support the lazy bums that won't work for themselves. I receive SSDI (Social Security disability income) and I regularly get insulted by others.
I know churches would not be capable of providing for all of the needy in their communities and would pick and choose their favorites to help, leaving out the ostracized, such as me, to fend for ourselves. Pity isn't it.
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