According to a September 25 article on the website “Addicting Info;” former Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell called the elimination of food stamps an act of Christianity. Blackwell, now with the Family Research Council, made his comments during an interview with the Christian Post.
On September 18, the House of Representatives voted to cut $40 billion dollars over the next decade from the existing food stamp program. The bill passed by the House would establish work requirements for recipients; and allow for some drug testing.
There are an estimated 47 million Americans receiving food stamps.
Blackwell believes that his position on food stamps is supported by the Bible. The book of Thessalonians says that if a man doesn’t work; he won’t eat. He, like others, views the food stamp program as a safe haven for able bodied men and women who can work.
Critics of the bill and stance on food stamps point to the book of Philemon. In it, Paul (they say) went a step further than government assistance when petitioning for a runaway slave. Paul asked that the debt be charged directly to his account.
President Obama has vowed to veto the bill in its current form.
Should the food stamp program be cut?
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Source: Addicting Info