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  •  It's good, but I couldn't sustain my suspension of (0+ / 0-)

    disbelief after the response to the question about executing the innocent.

    I don't think that conservative Christians think it's OK to kill the innocent, I think they believe that it has never and will never happen (contrary to what probably all of us here believe).

    I don't think they explicitly exclude the unworthy from charity either, although they do let it happen implicitly by focusing a lot of their efforts toward the worthy. One of the things about charity is that since it is voluntary, the personal preferences of the giver can determine who receives aid, whereas a government program is required by law to be equitable. Therefore, a lot of the unworthy go without charity, but most givers assume that “someone else” will give to them, and they give according to their own priorities.

    As a result, the Reverend Ted sounded more like a bad guy on Criminal Minds than a real-life wingnut Christian minister.

    •  Yes, (0+ / 0-)

      it's all about the "deserving" versus the "undeserving."  That's how all of it is rationalized.

      "If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life." — Albert Schweitzer

      by mozartssister on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 07:41:37 PM PDT

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