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  •  when my grandmother was a kid, (4+ / 0-)

    her family was dirt-poor. When she was 15, her dad died & the family became destitute.
    Her tiny church could not step in to help because the congregation was in the same boat.
    Expecting churches to take care of the poor presumes that all churches are wealthy.
    I would also fear that litmus tests might be used to determine who "deserves" the largesse-- would my atheist dad ever get help from a church if he needed it?

    Now & then, neighbors would leave my grandmother's family a bag of potatoes or a bottle of milk-- but a destitute family should not have to depend on sporadic acts of goodwill.
    My grandmother had to drop out of school at age 15, and become a live-in maid/babysitter in another town, in order to feed her siblings. Her arthritic mother took in laundry. No family should have to go through that.
    My grandmother was able to have a comfortable (not luxurious) old age because of social security.
    It makes me furious that anyone would want to go back to the way things were in her youth.

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