December 14, 2005 11:01 AM
Left Behind: The Right Loves the Poor Until They're Born
The Washington Post today reports on a protest at the Capitol today by religious groups who want to draw attention to Congress's Grinchian end-of-the-year cuts in welfare (now that's a war on Christmas). Among those groups urging a reversal that "brings good news to the poor": the United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church USA and United Church of Christ. Missing from this faith-based fandango? Prominent member of the religious right. And there's a good reason for that. They care about the poor, but they care more about fetuses. Or, as you might call them, the "pre-poor." Says a Focus on the Family spokesman:
It's not a question of the poor not being important or that meeting their needs is not important. But whether or not a baby is killed in the seventh or eighth month of pregnancy, that is less important than help for the poor? We would respectfully disagree with that.In other words, poor people, if you're cold and hungry this Christmas, the right would love to help you. You'll just need to find a womb to crawl into first.