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Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

Suffer the little children?

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Okay, this is something I just have to get off of my chest.

There's a story on the Dallas Morning News web site about a Baptist group criticizing Texas governor Rick Perry over vetoing bills it thinks would have helped children in poverty.

Holy cow, did that ever bring the wingnuts out of the woodwork!

Would someone please explain to me why it's fine to thump the Bible over your right to bear arms or punishment of criminals, but be such a jerk when it comes to helping people in poverty? Children, for the love of all that is good and holy? What happened to, "Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me" I guess that's okay if it applies to the other guy, huh?

Children don't ask for their circumstances. They're not born lazy. They don't have any choice about being legal residents. Do they ask for childhood diabetes? Leukemia? Cancer? Do they beg their parents to not get a job so they can live in the back of an old car or at a homeless shelter? My kid told me he "needed" a lot when he was young, but he certainly didn't beg for any of that. And why would any child? The back of a car or a room in a shelter could very well be a step up for some children.

And we wonder why other countries look at us and think we're all idiots. There ya go.

Some of my readers are not Christians. If you follow a religion, does it tell you to help the helpless? If you don't follow a religion, yet have a moral compass, what does it tell you?

Sorry about the rant. We return you to posts about cats.

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