FRC -Family Research Center (Christian group) thinks people should be cut off food stamps
I happen to be right wing, and Salon, the site that is carrying this, seems pretty left to me. Still, I think they raise a good point: why would a Christian group who claims to be about supporting the nuclear family, be fine with kicking needy families off food stamps?
I get that right wingers also dig personal responsibility and self-sufficiency. I am right wing and am sympathetic to those concepts, but, I also note time again on this blog that conservative Christians regularly worship ~WORSHIP~ the family, they don’t just “defend” it from left wingers, and they don’t just “focus” on it, but they have turned marriage/ family/ children into little idols.
It doesn’t make sense to me that a group which idolizes the traditional family is fine and peachy with kicking such needy families off aid.
I really, really have to wonder about a “Let’s Worship the Nuclear Family” group who claims to be Christian but who is fine with families going with empty food pantries.
- Letting millions go hungry is part of the “path to worthiness” and “self-sufficiency,” the FRC’s Ken Blackwell says
- BY KATIE MCDONOUGH
- Sept 23, 2013
Former Ohio secretary of state and current senior fellow with the Family Research Council Ken Blackwell thinks that kicking 4 million people off of food stamps is a very Christian thing to do because being hungry, apparently, creates a sense of Christian “self-sufficiency” that not being hungry can never match!
As Right Wing Watch notes, Blackwell went on to tell the Christian Post that there is “nothing more Christian” than massive cuts to food stamps, and called food aid programs the “plantation of big government.”
More from the Christian Post:
Rev. Gary Cook, the Director of Church Relations at Christian anti-hunger advocacy group, Bread for the World, has told The Christian Post that he is worried that the latest cuts could further marginalize the most vulnerable, rather than mobilize people back to work.
“The people who take advantage of this are some of the poorest of the poor people in the country,” Cook told CP. “Their average annual income is $2200 a person. They are among the most difficult to employee. If the government says our economy works well, when we have five or six percent unemployment, because that’s our policy, at least they can eat.” But according to Ken Blackwell, who is the Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the conservative Christian lobbying group, Family Research Council, programs like food stamps prevented people from being truly empowered.
“I think through empowering others and creating self-sufficiency…there within lies the path to sense of worthiness,” Blackwell told CP. “When I was growing up, there was fundamental belief, that there were times in people’s life when they needed a hand up…there were temporariness to hose programs, where they were structured so that they didn’t breed so that they didn’t breed dependency.”
Blackwell also suggested that there was “nothing more Christian” than “not locking people into a permanent dependency on government handouts, but making sure they are participants in their own upliftment and empowerment so that they in fact through the dignity of work and can break from the plantation of big government.”
(Link): Good Grief! Five Million Dollar Family Idoltary on Display: Focus on the Family Launches $5 Million Project Targeting Family Breakdown, Social Ills – Please, when you say you support marriage, be honest about what you REALLY mean