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  •  The argument also fails because... (4+ / 0-)

    ...there are places in the Old Testament (when the Jews ran their own country) where the prophets call on the RULERS to care for the poor. Or so I've been told -- I haven't done my own study on the subject.

    •  I think you're right (0+ / 0-)

      but I would need to check on that myself; the Prophets haven't been my primary area of Hebrew Bible study.

    •  You're right--it's part of their general critique (0+ / 0-)

      of the failure of the powers that be to be faithful to the demands of the Covenent.  Beyond that I can't give you chapter & verse -- my knowledge of the prophets comes mostly from a paper I wrote for OT class about 45 years ago.  (Arghh!) But reading them and Michael Harrington at the same time had a profound effect on my outlook on life & society. I went pretty quickly from a conventional middle-class Catholic to a afficianado of Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Caesar Chavez, the Berrigans, Liberation theology, etc.  

      •  Cool! (0+ / 0-)

        Online search engines (like, to name one example) make it a lot easier to look up such things. So if someone right winger challenges this, I should be able to find chapter & verse.

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