Ken Blackwell, of Christian-based at the Family Research Council, expressed strong support for the Republican-controlled House's recent vote to cut $40 billion out of the federal food stamp program over the next ten years.
Blackwell recently told the Christian Post that there was “nothing more Christian” than denying poor people food stamps, which are part of the “plantation of big government."
"I think through empowering others and creating self-sufficiency… there within lies the path to sense of worthiness. When I was growing up, there was fundamental belief, that there were times in people's life when they needed a hand up… there were temporariness to hose programs, where they were structured so that they didn't breed so that they didn't breed dependency," stated Blackwell.
However, the Department of Agriculture's latest report on food stamps says that 41 percent of people using food stamps live in a household with earnings from a job, 47 percent were under the age of 18 and 8 percent were 60 years old or older, noted USA Today.
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Blackwell also said that there was "nothing more Christian" than "not locking people into a permanent dependency on government handouts, but making sure they are participants in their own upliftment and empowerment so that they in fact through the dignity of work and can break from the plantation of big government."
However, there are over 20 verses in the Bible that command people to feed the poor, including their enemies.
Blackwell added: "We are not lacking in churches in church communities across this nation in making sure that basic human needs are met without creating another government program that establishes rules that have very low expectations for self-discipline."
However, Rev. Gary Cook of Bread for the World told the Christian Post, "What churches do in terms of the kind of generous giving to poor, hungry people is amazing, but their work is worth $4 billion dollars annually, which is essentially equal to the annual cut Congress is proposing in food stamps."
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"The people who take advantage of this are some of the poorest of the poor people in the country. Their average annual income is $2200 a person. They are among the most difficult to employee. If the government says our economy works well, when we have five or six percent unemployment, because that's our policy, at least they can eat."