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Misguided Religion and the Debt Ceiling

[1]Religious groups: Debt ceiling is a moral issue [2]
The Washington Post
Perhaps the most unusual debt ceiling meeting was one Obama had last week with a coalition of Christian religious leaders who urged him not to hammer the poor in trying to reduce the national debt.
Read more [2].

If these “religious leaders” knew their scripture, they’d know they could find no reference where Jesus said it was the responsibility of the government to care for the poor. Instead, the New Testament says true religion is taking care of widows and orphans. (James 1:27)

How much do these groups spend on lobbying Washington in support of programs for the poor?

How much money could be spent actually doing something rather than lobbying the government to do it for you?

Cross posted to The Write Side of My Brain.