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Christian Group: There's "Nothing More Christian" Than Cutting Food Stamps

Is this what Jesus had in mind?

 

Former Ohio Secretary of State, Ken Blackwell has come under fire for expressing strong support for the Republican-controlled House’s recent vote to cut $39 billion from the federal food stamp programs over the next ten years. 

Blackwell, affiliated with the Family Research Council which has been branded a hate-group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, labelled the move an “act of Christian compassion” and said welfare programs breed ‘dependency amongst the poor’, Christian Post reported.

Despite the fact that numerous churches and Christian groups have denounced plans to cut food stamps, Blackwell argued there was nothing more Christian than denying poor people food stamps.

However, Rev. Gary Cook of Bread for the World condemned the Republican plan:

"What churches do in terms of the kind of generous giving to poor, hungry people is amazing, but their work is worth $40 billion dollars annually, which is essentially equal to the annual cut Congress is proposing in food stamps,” he said.  

Cook believes providing food stamps for the poor has strong Biblical support.  In fact, there are at least 20 ‘feed the hungry’ verses, in the bible as Opposing News aptly illustrated – a fact which Blackwell clearly chose to ignore in preaching the ‘word of God.’ 

The GOP-dominated house voted last week to cut $39 billion in food assistance programs in response to the rising costs of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. The bill, which is expected to have dire consequences for America’s poor, will cause 3 million Americans to lose food stamp benefits while at least 850,000 will see their benefits cut, USA Today reported.

 

Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.

 

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