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But where is the condemnation of the culture of violence fetishization? Where are the tough questions for those Christians who support the NRA, paying dues to an organization that spends millions to continually expand access to weapons of violence in a nation with more guns – and more gun violence – than nearly any other? Similarly, where is the condemnation of a system that is so broken that thousands of people can be deprived access to health care to the point of dying? Where are the tough questions for those Christians who demonize and promise to repeal attempts at making that system better, such as the Affordable Care Act? Are the victims of gun violence no less our neighbors than the victims of abortion? Are the children dying from preventable diseases in our own country no less our neighbors than the children dying in their mothers’ wombs? If Trayvon Martin Were a Fetus, Christians Would Be a Whole Lot More Upset

Sadly, feeding the homeless has been banned in major cities all over America. Other cities that have not banned it outright have put so many requirements on those who want to feed the homeless (acquiring expensive permits, taking food preparation courses, etc.) that feeding the homeless has become “out of reach” for most average people. Some cities are doing these things because they are concerned about the “health risks” of the food being distributed by ordinary “do-gooders.” Other cities are passing these laws because they do not want homeless people congregating in city centers where they know that they will be fed. But at a time when poverty and government dependence are soaring to unprecedented levels, is it really a good idea to ban people from helping those who are hurting? Paul Craig Roberts

We executed children in this country until long after the rest of the world — except Iran — thought that was a good idea. Almost six million children live in poverty in this country. Almost six million of them are without health insurance of any kind, and that’s reckoned to be an improvement. None of this is accidental. These children are expendable because the people we elect make policy decisions of which we approve — or, at least, of which we do not disapprove. The Republicans in Congress — behind the “leadership” of zombie-eyed granny-starver Paul Ryan — would like to zero out the SCHIP children’s health-care program. If they do that, it will not be done by accident. The Florida legislature, behind the leadership of the National Rifle Association, passed the “stand your ground” law, despite the fact that even police and prosecutors were warning that it amounted to a hunting license for anyone who had both a gun, and the ability to concoct a good story. Trayvon Martin is not dead by accident. Charles P. Pierce

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Should getting laid off make each one of these individuals a suspected drug user? It’s disgusting and disrespectful to think of our neighbors that way, and for politicians to think of their own constituents that way. It makes me sick. E.J. Montini

What Romney is essentially proposing to do is finance a massive tax cut by cutting Medicaid, food stamps, housing subsidies and job training. In other words, the neediest Americans — and, to a lesser degree, federal workers — will be financing a massive tax cut. Is this why Mitt Romney’s stadium is empty?

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Advocates for unemployed workers suspect that conservatives who would require unemployment recipients to submit to mandatory drug testing have a hidden motive: First, undermine public support for unemployment insurance by associating recipients with drug users. Then, get the public to think about unemployment insurance as just a government handout. Finally, blame the unemployed for their predicament, thus creating a political environment that allows benefits to be slashed. Legislating Under the Influence

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