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Our readers had varying thoughts on a story about President Barack Obama's comments on how his religious beliefs affect his policy decisions at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Many disagreed with Obama.
RoboKnuckle: "For the first time in your presidency I can say that you are right Mr. Obama. People should be helping their less fortunate neighbors as the Bible says. But here is where you are wrong: I don't remember the Bible stating that we should give it to the government for them to decide who our donations help. I believe that is why there are numerous charities and nonprofit organizations available for people to do this on their own. I have very little faith in the government getting my donations to the deserving parties."
Others said Jesus would lean a bit to the left.
FreeRadicals: "Jesus would be a liberal. I can't imagine how he would react to the GOP pretending to be Christians."
But many readers didn't think the government needs to be the vector for social assistance.
papillon1: "Yes, Jesus taught us to be compassionate and help the poor, but where does Jesus tell us to have Big Government do it for us? We are to do it directly. Get government out of the welfare business, and let us keep our dollars for local people helping local people."
Others said one should not confuse religion and government. FULL POST
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