Saturday, November 9, 2013

Maher's new rule on regressive 'charity'

It starts at 50:55 in last night's show. Some excerpts:

"It's ok if you don't want to feed the hungry, or heal the sick, or house the homeless. Just don't say you're doing it for their own good."

He notes the rationalizations used for this, like creating a culture of dependency, are cruel and inhumane. It's a selfish philosophy that has little to do with the actual teaching of Jesus. This is particularly poignant given the recent cut in food stamps with some Congressional bozo quoting the bible that if you don't work you don't eat. Maher concludes with a series of one-liners highlighting their hypocrisy:

"We would love the help the unemployed but it would discourage working. I believe in charity, just not for people who need it. Or course we'd like it if everyone could see a doctor...but if the government does it it will destroy our way of life... Oh sure we'd like to help people who are starving but what if they use the strength from not starving to take drugs. There's always a good Christian moral reason to tell everyone you meet to fuck off and die."

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