NC Protests Split On Bible’s Message To Help Poor
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Over the last two months, hundreds of protesters have walked out of North Carolina’s capitol in handcuffs to oppose policies by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
While a broader coalition of supporters is building around the “Moral Mondays,” they were started by the state chapter of the NAACP. The inspiration behind the protests is a throwback to the biblical message of civil rights leaders fighting segregation.
They argue that cutting benefit programs and cutting tax breaks for low and middle-income families violates Jesus Christ’s teaching to care for those with the least.
It’s running into another school of Christian thought followed by many Southern conservatives: The best way to help the poor is through private charity, providing jobs and promoting self-reliance, rather than government programs.
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