Look: I hear this. I hear that the role of government genuinely troubles some people. I hear that there is skepticism about whether the government’s intervention in this (huge-scale, nationwide, complex—obviously I’m tipping my hand here, but also, nobody is surprised) problem will really help. I understand that good people genuinely wonder that.
But like Squashed’s last post, I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that private charity, through churches or individual donations to non-profits, absolutely cannot and will not fix it. It won’t because it can’t, but more to the point being made above: the huge majority of people making this claim—that the state shouldn’t be doing this and private charities/churches should—will not do a single damned thing about it. They will not donate heavily to charities. They will not organize within their church to do something. They will take a ~principled stance~ against the government doing something big because big government is bad and ineffectual and inefficient, and then they will do nothing.
The sick anger I feel about this, about the sleight of hand that says “we don’t debate caring for the poor, only the role of government therein” that leaves the suffering to their misery, is not because of the protest against government, it’s because of how disingenuous the objection so frequently is. It’s because it is a sleight of hand.
It’s also, if I’m being totally frank, shitty theology. Read the fucking Old Testament (something besides the anti-gay laws), assholes. #aspiring pastor
Link h/t Squashed.
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