pickpocketby baldilocks

From the Federalist, on Christian charity and what it has become thanks to postmodernism.

The Christian creed of caring for the poor often morphs into a call for government to take the reins from industry and private individuals to ensure proper care for the poor. In reality, this is an abdication of responsibility toward that very creed. In effect, it says, “Someone else should do this.”

Obviously, the Catholic Church and various Christian charities have done wonderful work in helping the poor, weak, and downtrodden, as they should. However, the communist and socialist tendency puts the administration of that care into the hands of an all-powerful state bureaucracy, which is not beholden to any higher set of principles or to God. It replaces the priest or the nun with a wage earner at a cubicle desk who is just trying to get through a 40-hour week so he or she can catch the game on Sunday morning rather than crying into a confessional.

Giving into this temptation marks a confusion in Christian heritage between society and the state. The two are not synonymous. Society exists wherever an aggregate of humanity interacts in commerce, culture, shared values, and social interaction. Society is created out of human want and need, and is where individuals pursue those ends in a common arena.

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It is easy to see why [state-mandated charity] is so tempting for Christians and do-gooders in general. Individuals often become frustrated in the limitations of individual or small-group action, and they see the state as having the power to affect the entire population of a country rather than just the few in their immediate area. And, of course, everyone believes he has the best intentions when embarking on his will to power.

In doing so, however, such people fail to grasp the realities and complexities of human life; namely, that not everyone may agree with you. To use the apparatus of the state to trample dissenting viewpoints cannot be seen as anything but immoral.

My favorite part of this phenomenon is when non-Christians try to shame Christians who are against government-mandate charity using a Bible they don’t read as the shame-cudgel.

And I don’t ascribe such altruistic motives for government-mandated charity. Its proponents’ true purpose is simply to multiply plain-old graft opportunities.

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A week ago DaWife and I went to the Leominster Knights of Columbus for a fundraiser for a charity called Cameron’s crusaders
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In additional to the meal and the band there were various items to be auctioned off.

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The Charity supports families of sick kids helping to cover the incidental expenses of Hospital trips from gas to meals. I spoke the organizers of the event:

If you went to see the movie Miracles from Heaven you’ll get the idea of what kind of things they’re talking about.

Their website is here. They’re worth your support.

So blogging will be light this morning.

You can listen to the game live 7-9 on wcrn AM 830 or online at wcrnradio.com or using tune-in.

See you at Commerce Bank Stadium chandler St. Worcester. I’ll be the guy in the fedora and the Vibram five finger toe shoes.

Update: Pictures. We’ve got PICTURES!

Update 2: Mr. Mercadante speaks

No I’m not talking about my furnace woes, I’m referring to Zilla of the Resistance friend’s 4 children now orphaned after a horrific Murder suicide:

Sherry’s children are now orphans, and they will have to live with the horror of what happened forever. The kids are being cared for by relatives now, and a trust fund has been set up to help them. What has happened to these kids is beyond what anyone should ever have to endure. The relatives who are grieving for Sherry are now the guardians of four severely traumatized kids and will be dealing with the consequences of this real life nightmare for many years to come; you can help to at least alleviate one burden for them – money – by contributing any amount you can spare to the address below:

The Hayes Children Trust

P.O. Box 644

North Bellmore NY 11710

Please lift this family up in your prayers along with all of Sherry’s friends who are mourning their beloved friend

If you can help it would be a good thing. It certainly beats helping fund a trip to RIO for bureaucrats.

Update: Totally forgot the link to the full story, now in

It may be a laugh line and they will play it for publicity, but its a good cause:

In one of the more clever moments of issue advocacy in recent memory, the progressive media watchdog group, Media Matters for America, successfully won an online auction Thursday to have a “friendly lunch” with its long-time nemesis, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch.

The item, which was listed on the site Charity Buzz, was billed as a chance to “propose your business ideas” with the media mogul. The winning bid, according to a Media Matters representative, went for $86,000 — the proceeds of which will be sent to The Global Poverty Project.

Hey like I say, they will get a stunt over it but if Media Matters wants to drop $86k of Soros’ money to the Global Poverty Project all well and good.

Do you think that Murdock hasn’t handled situations like this before? If they do then their fools, but they will give some red meat for the far left that has little to cheer about right now.

If you can’t get real wins then stunts will have to do.