This Isn’t a Theocracy

Part of Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech, just begs for analysis.
And when I talk about shared responsibility, it’s because I genuinely believe that in a time when many folks are struggling, at a time when we have enormous deficits, it’s hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income, or young people with student loans, or middle-class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone.
And who gave us this deficit? You did, now, when you were in the Senate, your political party, and the Republicans!
And I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make economic sense.
But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.” It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others.
I really don’t think Jesus endorsed theft.  Which is what the income and capital gains taxes are. You don’t pay them, they’re taken from you. It’s theft.
I pull a gun and take your money, I’m stealing right? Ok, what if I pay someone to do it for me? They stole it and I’m guilty by theft from receiving. How is the government different?
When I talk about giving every American a fair shot at opportunity, it’s because I believe that when a young person can afford a college education, or someone who’s been unemployed suddenly has a chance to retrain for a job and regain that sense of dignity and pride, and contributing to the community as well as supporting their families — that helps us all prosper.
Giving opportunities at the expense of others. Jesus didn’t speak of that, he spoke of charity, the willingly giving of your money and time. Even of the poor, remember the poor woman who put but a small coin in?
Also, what if your an atheist, are you saying its their religious duty to help others. This isn’t a theocracy. It’s easy to be charitable when it’s not your money.

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