Monday, October 03, 2011

Is that the best you've got?

A lefty friend of mine shared this image on a social media site, and it got me to thinking...  

I suppose that was what my friend had hoped, but I do not think I came to the intended conclusion.  What I wound up mulling over was a handful of facts available via Wikipedia.  

It seems that, shock of all shocks, the vast majority -- approximately 70% -- of hospitals and health care facilities in this country happen to be in the hands of non-profit organizations (read: religious groups or organizations with strong religious affiliations).   These groups have built-in systems for providing care to those who can not afford to pay for it themselves, and who have no insurance to cover even the most basic care.   Often, that money comes from individuals or groups within the religious community, sometimes also from the friends and neighbors appealing to sentiment (ever go into a convenience store and see a donations jar for some kid with cancer?  Pay close attention:  they're not demanding that strangers help, via taxes,  they're simply asking.  It usually works pretty darned nicely, and, instead of  creating a well of resentment, the donors feel good about themselves and their fellow human beings).

In other words, followers of Jesus (and a few other faiths) are already giving away free health care to an awful lot of people.*  

So now, I have to ask my friend and the sign-bearer a simple question: what, precisely, are you giving?  Are you really demanding that Christians be more Christian than they are already, in their donating to hospitals and clinics and other NGO programs and emergency causes, or are you merely justifying another power grab by your favorite partisan beasts because you think that, when they rule the world, you'll get all the good table scraps without having to work to earn them?

*Oh, and, contrary to what so many leftists like this one would have you believe, Jesus was not a socialist.  Faceless, soulless governments were not His idea of the direction in which one should surrender one's life, works, and soul.  It doesn't require a degree in theology to figure that one out.

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