…the bible made me do it, and other idiocies…

…just following orders, instructions of the Bible?…

In St Matthew there is that well-known invocation that starts, ‘Suffer little children…’ Well in the US, we see,

Outrage in Arizona: US dumps hundreds of illegal migrant kids in AZ warehouses. An excerpt,

Another 700 children were scheduled to be transported from Texas to the Arizona facility over the weekend. Following their brief holdover, the detainees – many of them women, children and unaccompanied juveniles – are abandoned without food and water.

Perhaps someone, even passably familiar with language, should explain to these moral, law abiding patriots that the Biblical phrase does not have an exclamation after ‘children’, and that ‘suffer’ really means allow, permit. After all, what’s this ‘In God We Trust’ business.

And this thing of ‘the poor we have always with us…’ is not meant as policy, a divine mandate to be enforced. Over in the Land of Hope and Glory, we have, Anti-homeless studs at London residential block prompt uproar. An excerpt,

David Wells said on Twitter: “These anti-homeless studs are like the spikes they use to keep pigeons off buildings. The destitute now considered vermin [sic].

A bit of confusion on the Biblical statement. Here we have the literal ‘Suffer, you poor (homeless)!’ In Merrie Old England??? No faith that we can hope for charity from such aggrieved home owners?

Then we have a strategy to ensure a healthy growth of the poor? As example, a formerly ‘atheist’ Russia moving into the civilised Western world of capitalism, we have its former President Boris Yeltsin credited with advancing the society into the twentieth century. We let Dean Baker examine the Boris Bounce to the Russian economy and its citizens. Economic Collapse Gives Russians Some Reason to be Unhappy With Boris Yeltsin. Couple excerpts,

… This is a far sharper drop-off than the United States saw in the Great Depression. During this period the health care system put in place under the Soviet Union largely collapsed and life expectancy plunged.

There was also enormous corruption. According to the World Bank the government received just $8.3 billion for privatizing most of the economy’s assets. This is less than half of the current market capitalization of Twitter.

That period in Russia saw a rapid and substantial rise in inequality, poverty, alcoholism, and homelessness. And oligarchs, and with active US assistance. Surely, a statue of Yeltsin thus seems more appropriate to the US?

Moral of the story? Some writings in the Bible are best left to those familiar with the subtleties of language, not meant to be interpreted literally, and especially by zealots. Better, official policy should be directed at social inclusiveness, at targeted reductions in in inequality and poverty.

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