Because they only care about you "feeding the poor" when their funneling the money into their own pockets. Not when the government is taking care of people! Religious folk don't care about other people. They only care about their image to others.
Jesus had an unfair advantage--he could do real cool stuff like turning water into wine (what a guy) or feeding 5,000 people with a kid's lunch basket of 5 loaves and 2 fishes. To accomplish similar ends, Socialism usually involves a government redistribution of private resources, a practice viewed by many as theft.
Bible Belt States are among the poorest states in this country. More are on food assistance, welfare, long term unemployment.........All socialist programs.
How ironic is it that these clowns (Evangelicals, so-called Southern Baptists among others) claim to hate “Socialism” so much and yet they are ones using those programs.
Reasons like this is why I still look both ways even when walking down a one way street. That’s how little faith I have in things that are out of my control.
As far as I understand this issue, feeding the poor is not socialism if it is done freely and voluntarily, as a charity (and rich people enjoy doing charities now and then, because it gives them the warm glow), but when the government takes away your money by force - aka taxes - and feeds the poor: now this is socialism.
Well, the way I was raised was that the government shouldn't do it because they want people to turn to the churches--to god--for help.
Religion needs desperate people to turn to it. If the government properly ensures that its citizens are cared for (given help when needed and the opportunity to succeed) there is less need for churches and god. Just look at Democratic Socialist countries. They are less religious.
The statement is meaningless, unless you don't like socialism, then it's antagonist propaganda assuming you can't be pro christian and pro socialism. Either way, I still feel it's awkward comparing a belief system with an economic system....
I mean "why, indeed!?"
Its not. Its pandering. Politicians want something in return.
'Jesus talks about'? He talks about nothing and doesn't exist except to 'sheep' being pandered to by theologians who, like politicians, want something in return.
Our civilization is nothing more than a lot of over-lapping protection and salvation rackets that manage different herds looking for safety and security.
The games are all fixed. They vary only in the types of swindle employed.
It is all about control. And it is cynical. A caring society, ie a civil society, would put in place a social safety net that affords the needy the chance to feel some sense of security. That is unacceptible to conservatives who want the needy to have to beg for crumbs in desperation. That way, the proslytizers have more coercive power to pressure recipients of their "charity" go along with those domestic missionary aims.
Case in point, I think about The Salvation Army. Have, for example, an addiction problem? They'll be happy to help, in exchange for you having to accept being subjected to their blatant religious recruitment tactics. There are courts that mandate defendants into treatment programs run by religious groups. Then they claim no religious conversion is "required" for people to receive their services, but they sure will try to work their"witnessing" angle on their captive audience, whether subtly or less so.
Fact is politicians don't want to feed the poor. I work with low income and homeless populations. Not only am I paid ridiculously low considering my educational debts, but without donations of secondhand and expired food, these services would not exist. Furthermore, jesus founded this type of society and compassion for the poor and disabled. Dont believe me? Go find a shelter without a cross on the wall.. they are not only rare, but non existent. Notoriety and churches, fund the whole thing. Praise jesus.