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Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.'

For I was hungry and you gave Me food.

In March, James Kelly, a 44-year-old Navy veteran, was passing through Houston on his way to connect with family in California. Homeless, destitute, and hungry, he chose to check out the dining delicacies in a trash bin near City Hall. Spotted by police, Kelly was promptly charged with "disturbing the contents of a garbage can in the business district."

In 2012, city officials made it a crime for any group to hand out food to the needy in the downtown area without first getting a permit.

Common Dreams

I was a stranger and you took Me in.
Kelly Thomas was a homeless man diagnosed with schizophrenia who lived on the streets of Fullerton, California. He died five days after an altercation with members of the Fullerton Police Department on July 5, 2011...

...officers then repeatedly applied Tasers to Thomas, hit him with the butts of the Tasers and flashlights, and threw him onto the ground. A video of the event surfaced, and Thomas can be heard repeatedly screaming in pain.

Kelly Thomas, Wikipedia

I was sick and you visited Me.
The refusal by about half the states to expand Medicaid will leave millions of poor people ineligible for government-subsidized health insurance... even as many others with higher incomes receive federal subsidies to buy insurance...

...many of "the poorest of the poor" would fall into a gap in which no assistance is available...

"If only you had a little more money, you could get insurance subsidies, but because you are so poor, you cannot get anything."

New York Times

Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire...

It's too bad life isn't like a fairy Bible tale, isn't it? Can't you just picture the good burghers of Houston departing into everlasting fire, a morsel of food eternally just out of reach? Kelly's tormenters hearing "Protect and Serve!" reverberating oh so painfully in their heads forever? Republican legislators descending into the circle of hell labelled "Reserved: Legislators who denied Me health care."

Heading the other way, I hear the Pope just said that atheists might qualify for Heaven. Or at least they are capable of doing good (who knew?). I don't agree with the Pope on much, but he did nail it recently:

Pope Francis harshly criticized what he called "the cult of money" and condemned what he called the "dictatorship" of economies that are socially unjust and morally unfair...
and
"If investments in the banks fail, "Oh, it's a tragedy,"... But if people die of hunger or don't have food or health, nothing happens."
Almost, your Holiness. Nothing happens - that the rich and powerful don't want to have happen.

Originally posted to jpmassar on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:11 AM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street, Progressive Policy Zone, Healthcare Reform - We've Only Just Begun, and Single Payer: The Fight for Medicare for All.

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