The Gospel is clear about helping the poor. The debate is about how best to do that. Is it best to have a godless, souless government collect taxes and then dissembinate various forms of aid, after taking a bureaucratic cut of the action? If so lets eliminate the charitable deduction so that government can raise even more money for the great charitable work they do. However, I'm of the opinion that faith based charity, especially person to person is the best form of charity.