Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Moderate Churches Support Government Infrastructure

It's about time the moderate churches started speaking out and separating themselves from the wingnut churches
Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, a local free-market think tank, is leading the charge against C and D. "If we're concerned about the poor, the last thing we want to do is put a tax increase on them," he said.

Caldara said the money the government would spend on services, rather than rebate to taxpayers, will stall the economic recovery. That would leave families with fewer dollars to contribute to private charities, including churches, he said.

But Melinda Lanyk, community relations director for Denver Urban Ministries, said churches can help best when there is a good government infrastructure to aid the needy.

Churches see their roles as primarily providing emergency food and shelter, but so many people aren't getting help from the government that churches are providing ongoing aid to families - and falling short, she said.

The squeeky wheel gets the grease, and I'm tired of hearing only the fringes squealing.

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