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Atheist Says Government Gives "Superior Benefits" Over Charity

Geoff34 Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 10:59 AM
I don't see this as a religious argument at all. I don't think it matters if Prof. Wolfe is an atheist or a baptist. As Madison pointed out, there is NO authority in the Constitution to provide charity for the public or any section thereof. In fact, the Constitution was specifically written in such a way as to prevent the govt from doing this kind of thing. The primary underlying function of the Constitution was always to provide for maximum individual liberty and freedom for each citizen, rather than to provide for their security or welfare, and it does so primarily by prohibiting the federal govt from having enoujgh power to meddle in the personal affairs of the citizenry.
Bob115 Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 12:56 PM
I think it is a religious issue when you run the line of reasoning. If an atheist, one has to believe that giving something I have to others when I can use it to further myself is foolish. Darwinism teaches us that the strong survive, not the compassionate. Charity to the Atheist is an odd byproduct of tribal man, to be dispensed with as soon as possible. Religions in general, and Christianity and Judaism in particular stand in stark contrast to this notion. We are told to be generous and giving because it pleases God. If you are an atheist, there is simply no grounds for being charitable, and in fact you may be harming the human race as a whole by allowing the weak to continue to survive and propagate.
Tacitus X Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 11:41 PM
Actually Darwin wrote in the "Descent of Man" that moral sense or conscience was a result of natural selection and had obvious survival value. Oops.

A new study produced by the Chronicle of Philanthropy shows that 14 out of the top 20 states in charitable giving are red, or Republican states, while 12 of the bottom 15 are blue, or Democrat states.

“The nation's sharp political divide can provide a clue to fundraisers,” writes the Chronicle. “The eight states that ranked highest in The Chronicle's analysis voted for John McCain in the last presidential contest while the seven lowest-ranking states supported Barack Obama.”

The study also found that the more religious states- which also happen to be more Republican- tend to give more than the...

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