Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, now with the inappropriately named source of lunacy known as the Family Research Council, said that the House GOP's massive food stamp cuts that could remove around 4 million people from the program next year was an act of Christian compassion.
Despite the move being denounced by countless churches and Christians organizations, Blackwell told the also inappropriately named Christian Post that there was "nothing more Christian" than depriving low-income families of aid.
Blackwell referred to food aid as part of the "plantation of big government" and said that churches and charitable organization will replace government assistance.
"America is such a compassionate nation," said Blackwell, "nothing in history that suggests that churches and communities and our families would let people die of hunger, there is absolutely nothing."
Except, of course, for the fact that it has happened and continues to happen to this day.
Yet the Post's own article also quotes Rev. Gary Cook of Bread for the World, a critic of the Republican plan, who noted that the work of churches "is worth $4 billion dollars annually, which is essentially equal to the annual cut Congress is proposing in food stamps."
Somehow, Ken Blackwell expects the churches to double that amount.
Yet even without history and the statistics leaning against him, Blackwell cannot seriously expect to claim the moral high ground in this debate.
The Bible has many liberal hippie phrases in it. For example:
- "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35)
- "Give, and it will be given to you" (Luke 6:38)
- "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have" (Hebrews 13:16)
- "Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord" (Proverbs 19:17)
- "Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered" (Proverbs 21:13)
But Heaven help me, I can't find anywhere in the Bible where Jesus yells "Get a job, hippie!"