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19 June 2009

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June 19, 2009 - Senate to Legalize Hunger and Poverty

The Obama administration has signaled that it plans to secure passage of S.12008, the "Hunger Allowance" bill, this week. The House has already passed and the Senate is expected to vote this week on legislation that would create a new class of people based on the the individual's "actual or perceived hunger or poverty level." Even more troubling is that S.12008 could create special protections for those who are poor or starving. Democrats voted down an amendment to the bill that would have removed "can't even buy off the McValue menu" from the definition of "starving."

"If a mother hears that her grown child can't afford food, and she doesn't give him money or a gift card to a supermarket, she can now be gone after as a hate criminal because this is a protected class," said Rep. Joe Palooka, R-Texas.

For years, NFN and other pro-family groups have issued warnings about federal Hunger and Poverty legislation. The reality is that the purpose of this bill is to silence those who speak out against hunger. If the legislation passes, pastors could be prosecuted under the federal inducement statute for preaching the biblical view of eradicating poverty and hunger. For example, a person could commit an act of charity toward a homeless individual and blame it on the pastor's sermon. Similar laws have been used to prosecute religious speech in the U.S. at the state level and abroad.

The Senate is poised to pass S. 1209, the "Hunger Allowance" bill, unless there are an overwhelming number of phone calls today.

Take Action!

Click here to get the direct telephone number for your two senators, along with suggested talking points for your call. Call your senators today to demand politely, but firmly, that they vote against S.12008. Congress has refused to define the terms "hunger" and "poverty," which means that all income levels are protected.

Pastors, it is time to take a stand. Share this information with your members, and ask them to call.

Of course, this is a totally fabricated post. Don't call, because there's no such pending legislation. I'm not even sure this post totally makes sense -- I took an actual alert and simply changed the key phrases. I thought it would be telling to parody a typical alarm regarding an issue that is spoken about ad nauseum in the Bible but doesn't seem to get a whole lot of national religious press. Interested in your thoughts.


Jacob said...

[redneck voice] Boy! Quit talkin' and say somethin! [/redneck voice]

I totally didn't understand anything in this post. sorry Dean. =(

Dean Lusk said...


Apparently no one else understood it, either. I'll have to take this one back down to... whatever it is they take things back down to... and rewrite it.

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