Poll: Americans pin poverty passage on Obama
    November 25 2009 by Angela Abbamonte, Religion News Service

    More Americans believe a statement about giving “justice to the poor and homeless” came from President Obama instead of its true source, the Bible.

    A survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Bible Society found that 54 percent of U.S. adults polled believe the statement — “You must defend those who are helpless and have no hope.

    Be fair and give justice to the poor and homeless” — came from a celebrity or politician, when the statement actually comes from Proverbs 31:8.

    Of the 1,001 adults surveyed, 16 percent believed the statement came from Obama; 13 percent said it came from the Bible. Other popular answers included the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr. and Oprah Winfrey.

    Other questions in the survey also addressed poverty and the Bible. In a question about the teachings of the Bible, 40 percent said the Bible offers the most teaching on heaven, pride or adultery, even though poverty is actually mentioned more than any of these subjects.

    The survey was developed to coincide with the release of the society’s new Poverty and Justice Bible, which highlights verses about poverty and justice and provides tips on helping people in need.
    11/25/2009 5:31:00 AM by Angela Abbamonte, Religion News Service | with 1 comments




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Cyrus B. Fletcher
Even the Book of Job indicates that even slaves have rights to fair treatment from a religious man and that a truly religious man will use his resources to take care of the poor and hungry. It is in the Book, and that ought to settle it. Jesus had a whale of lot more to say about aiding the poor than he did about economics or governments. The first group of deacons were set aside or ordained to wait on tables, not for the church but for the widows and orphans. Paul collected an offering not so the leaders of the Jerusalem and Palestine churchs could drive golden chariots, but because a drought and famine in the land was causing widespread hunger and want. Its is in the Book and that ought to settle it. Cy Fletcher, Baytown, TX
11/30/2009 12:12:56 AM

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