The concept that caring for "the needy" is better left to religious organizations than to government is at least prima facie valid. It has the advantage that much more of the charity is delivered face to face by those who know. That advantage is lost in the anonymity of urban living and the magnitude of the function overwhelms religious institutions. The argument can be made that particularly Protestant churches lost much of their raison d'etre when charity was taken over by government. We see now that when government in Gaza lost its capacity to meet the needs of the people, Hamas took over. It is up to us to make the Being Blog a dialectic. Civic dialogue should not only tolerate disagreement but build on it to come up with the next better idea and concept.
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