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This is a wake-up call to the “Joe Biden Catholic Social Teachings” voters out there.

Who do you think really cares about the poor – Mitt Romney, who gave $6 million of his own money to charity last year; or Joe Biden and President Obama, who want to give your money to others?

We are taught that we have the responsibility to share our “time, talent, and treasure” with those in need. Jesus gave us His example of this. We are not taught that we should turn this responsibility over to the government and thus excuse ourselves of any personal responsibility.

Never in our history have we had an administration so hostile toward religious freedom as Obama’s. I understand our laws allow women the right to have an abortion, but neither my taxes nor our religious organizations should be forced to fund them. People have the right to own firearms, but I don’t think that you should be forced to pay for my firearms through your taxes or through your religious organizations.

Various forms of birth control are readily available for both men and women, but should our religious organizations be forced to pay for them if their use violates their beliefs and teachings? This administration has mandated that Catholic and other Christian religious organizations fund abortions and birth control. They have greatly restricted religious freedom for our own military personnel – all while seeking re-election. Once reelected, how restricting will they be?

Our Christian teachings and values tell us to help those in need and the Catholic Church, among others, has a long history of providing such help. Through both organized and individual efforts, Christians have provided assistance with housing, food, clothing and utilities, as well as Catholic schools, hospitals, orphanages, etc.

This help is our Christian duty, not the primary responsibility of our government!

Ken Dendinger

Augusta

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carcraft
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carcraft 10/22/12 - 03:36 am
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Excellent letter and very

Excellent letter and very good analogy!

Techfan
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Techfan 10/22/12 - 04:20 am
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Preliminary 2011 return AGI-

Preliminary 2011 return AGI- $20,901,075.
Final AGI for 2001- $13,696,951.

What happened to the $7,204,124?

Techfan
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Techfan 10/22/12 - 04:51 am
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Catholic schools and

Catholic schools and hospitals are charities? I wasn't aware they didn't charge for attendance and care.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 10/22/12 - 05:36 am
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Ken

I totally agree with your feelings and the point you have made..Except for this;

"but I don’t think that you should be forced to pay for my firearms through your taxes or through your religious organizations."

I may have missed the point you are trying to make but wish you would elaborate a little more on how my taxes or religious organizations pay for your firearms?

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mikesaul 10/22/12 - 07:31 am
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"Catholic schools and

"Catholic schools and hospitals are charities? I wasn't aware they didn't charge for attendance and care."

Sure they charge... So do the GOVERNMENT schools, with the difference being, they charge those who may or may NOT be using them, whereas the Catholic schools and hospitals only charge those that use them! Also, a large portion of what the Catholic schools and hospitals DO charge goes back into the communities as charitable works, so YES, they are charitable organizations! They take what is given VOLUNTARILY in order to provide their services and "good works", whereas the government takes through threat of force and imprisonment in order to dole the monies out haphazardly and without any real intentions to ensure they are used responsibly, or even for the purposes for which they were confiscated!

That is the big difference between charitable giving and what the government does... One is GIVEN by choice, the other TAKEN by force!

Techfan
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Techfan 10/22/12 - 07:43 am
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What part of the money that

What part of the money that goes to Aquinas and when St. Joes was around went back as charitable work? Bogus argument. They serve only those who pay. Taxes support the entire community and country. I find it interesting that the right wingers hate taxes so much now, but were silent when rate were higher. Why not the Tea Party protests under Reagan or Bush? Oh yeah, they had less melanin. No birth certificate demands either.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/22/12 - 07:49 am
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mikesaul.....liberals are

mikesaul.....liberals are quite charitable with OTHER people's money.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/22/12 - 07:50 am
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"Oh yeah, they had less

"Oh yeah, they had less melanin."

OMG.....I can't believe someone is making the baseless "racism" charge again. These people just can't face reality.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/22/12 - 08:01 am
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Well angie

What would you do? Talk about jobs?? Race baiting is about they have left.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 10/22/12 - 08:03 am
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Angie

The cloak of "racism" is the bullet proof vest of Liberals and their only means of survival.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/22/12 - 08:07 am
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What say, techfan. Care to

What say, techfan. Care to back up your accusation of racism, or have you "logged off" again?

Angie H
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Angie H 10/22/12 - 08:15 am
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When I applied for the job I

When I applied for the job I currently have, I was required to show a birth certificate......I guess it was only because I was white.

sheesh..... Liberals will stoop to anything.

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OpenCurtain 10/22/12 - 08:39 am
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What happened to the $7,204,124?

This is a reach, but could it be a bad economy,
DOW / S&P /NASDAQ were all down between 2001 and 2010?

10 year average between December 31, 1999 to January 4, 2010
DOW lost -0.82%
S&P lost -2.56%
NASDAQ lost -5.50%
I know I lost a bundle in tech stocks when the bubble burst.

As we all know a few years in early 2000' were absolutely devastating and again in 2005-08. Plus pulling out of a high income corporate position with bonuses in order to run for office twice, likely hurt also.

So you point is?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/22/12 - 08:32 am
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Desperation

Let all the Catholic Hospitals, many of which serve communities that no for profit hospital would consider locating, and inner city schools close their doors. What happens then? Who fills that void? FOCA is not passing and Obama knows it. Just more pandering to the wacko left. Libs are becoming more and more desperate. They see the handwriting on the wall.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/22/12 - 08:48 am
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Funny thing time does to memory.

When I was a kid, in 60's I remembered the democrats were the racists?

Weren't the Democrats were the suppressors of the black man?
Weren't Democrats the ones that voted in Jim Crow laws.
Weren't they the ones that used attack dogs and fire hoses to break up protests.

When did this role reversal happen?

Angie H
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Angie H 10/22/12 - 08:59 am
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You are correct, OpenCurtain.

You are correct, OpenCurtain. Everyone should watch this video and see the FACTS that it presents, how the Democrats opposed almost EVERY piece of civil rights legislation that has ever been presented......but people claim the Republican's are the racists.

http://stolenhistory.org/viral/

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RMSHEFF 10/22/12 - 09:08 am
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The "master" plan for

The "master" plan for socialist is to push all charities out. After all, the Federal government is where all true compassion comes from...right. Look at the "War on Poverty" started in the 1960. We have lost that war. After spending trillions there are more poor than there were when we declared war. You can apply this to any area the Federal government gets involved in. Private charities work ! Biden is at best, is A cafeteria Catholic but most likely not a true believer at all. The federal government's idea of compassion is to send a check. If you are a drug addict or alcoholic, a check in the mail will "really" help.

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InChristLove 10/22/12 - 09:11 am
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Angie, Techfan always hits

Angie, Techfan always hits and runs.....but as always with no facts to back it up.

Techfan you asked "What part of the money that goes to Aquinas and when St. Joes was around went back as charitable work?"

With a little bit of research, this information and I'm sure there is more but with limited time, I thought I would enlighten Techfan with just a few....

Aquinus students held a bake sale and raised money for St. Judes Children's Researh Hospital in Memphis. The schools Key Club sponsored a canned food drive and also sponsored a Haunted House for "It's Spooky to be Hungry" and raised 1,128 lbs of food for the Golden Harvest Food Bank and 150 lbs for Our Lady of the Valley Social Service Center.

So Techfan, if you really want to know how they have helped this community and others through charities, do a little background checking before spouting off your religious hatred.

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Suleiman 10/22/12 - 09:31 am
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There's a big difference

between charity and extortion.

Charity is when you and a collection of your friends and associates voluntarily pool resources for the benefit of third parties.

Extortion is obtaining money/property by force.

Despite the best of intentions, when government takes money/property from a person (whether for the benefit of the legitimately needy, or war-mongering corporations) that is extortion.

The difference between legitimate charity and government extortion is who properly owns the resource being given away. In other words, it is not the government's money/property to give.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/22/12 - 09:31 am
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ICL

I believe Techfan has to leave for work early. He doesn't neccesarily hit and run.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/22/12 - 09:35 am
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But he has, frequently. If

But he has, frequently. If not hit and run.....certainly making baseless accusations such as the racism claim above.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/22/12 - 09:36 am
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justthefacts, it's possible

justthefacts, it's possible that this was not the case this morning but there have been other times this has occurred.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/22/12 - 09:45 am
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Perhaps, but it seems to me

Perhaps, but it seems to me that the better way to debate would be to go ahead and back up your accusations when you make them instead of hoping nobody calls you on it and requests proof.

Just saying.

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faithson 10/22/12 - 10:09 am
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WRONG Ken

"I understand our laws allow women the right to have an abortion, but neither my taxes nor our religious organizations should be forced to fund them". in 1977 Congress passed the Hyde Amendment which put limitations on Medicaid coverage of abortion, allowing it only in the cases of rape, incest, or if the mother's life was physically endangered.

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faithson 10/22/12 - 10:27 am
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Healthcare providers 'fund', not any organization !

"This administration has mandated that Catholic and other Christian religious organizations fund abortions and birth control." abortions being debunked, birth control is the issue. As a HEALTHCARE issue, not a 'theological' issue, this move to have insurance companies include birth control in their coverage is a legitimate requirement. THE healthcare provider, NOT the institution is being required to provide the coverage. The institution can opt out of insurance and self insure as a means to circumvent the requirement. Now anyone who wants to argue that birth control is anti-christian has a fool's errand on his hands. THE PEOPLE, by their behavior, have rejected the 'top down' authoritarianism from Rome. One can argue that this authority represents and is in fact, 'The Word of G-d', but the vast majority of members see it differently on the birth control issue. It is time for the powers that be to tend to the 'spiritual' needs of the flock, not their 'political' tenets.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/22/12 - 10:37 am
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Pesky Constitution

faithson, don't let the law of the land get in your way. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/22/12 - 10:38 am
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faithson

How is Ken wrong?

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Jane18 10/22/12 - 11:01 am
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An Answer, Please

Yeah faithson, how is Ken wrong? I thought he pretty much nailed it. It was a good letter.

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grouse 10/22/12 - 11:12 am
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Most of Romney's "charity" is
Unpublished

Most of Romney's "charity" is the Mormon church. I guess magic underwear is expensive...

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