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Great Protector of Christmas Bill O'Reilly has these tidings of comfort and joy for you, America: Yeah, sure, Jesus fed the poor and he wants people to feed the poor. But is that any reason to feed the poor? In a spirited chat with yes-man priest Fr. Gerald Murray (with easily dismissed contributions from token liberal pastor Joshua DuBois), O'Reilly questioned how far good Christians need to take this whole "feed the poor" shtick anyway:

“The problem I have, as I stated is that you’re helping one group by hurting another group and a bigger group, and so I don’t know if Jesus is going to be down with that.”

DuBois thought maybe Jesus might be down with that, seeing as how private charity only makes up about 10% of what's needed to feed everyone. Father Murray thought it was RIDICULOSE to think that Jesus would support Big Government, because that's just silly. "We take care of the poor for spiritual motives," he said, which presumably means that if government does food stamps, that's like taking away people's chance to be all spiritual somehow.

In answer to O'Reilly's setup, asking whether there's any Christian duty to provide the poor with health insurance, Murray cheerfully rejected the very premise, insisting "In comparison to other countries of the world, we've done pretty well," which is true if you don't include any of the industrialized democracies. Suck it, Ghana!

Besides, said O'Reilly, DuBois makes a huge mistake in thinking that "need" actually includes all hungry families:

“You’re making a powerful argument, but there is one huge mistake in it,” O’Reilly opined. “And that is that some of the people who don’t have enough to eat, it’s their fault they don’t have enough to eat. Particularly with their children.”

He continued: “If you’re an alcoholic or heroin addict or a drug addict and you can’t hold a job, alright, and you can’t support your children — and that’s a circumstance of millions and millions of people, not most, but a lot, a substantial minority — then it’s your fault, you’re bringing the havoc, that you’re asking people who may be struggling themselves to put food on the table to give their tax money to you. And then you’re not even going to buy food with it, you’re going to buy booze and drugs with it.”

(Commenters, before you start shouting a bunch of actual "facts," do know that the nice lib in the segment actually manages to get most of them in there without even having his mic cut, wha???)

Because Billo knows his Bible, and is very familiar with Matthew 25:42-43a (Revised GOP Edition), where Jesus says

"For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 43a But I had been using drugs and I caused all my own problems, so you totally get a pass. Here, have a tax cut"

[RawStory / Crooks & Liars

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