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Marianne Williamson on Welfare & Poverty

 

 


Welfare is social justice, not charity

We hear many people say today that poverty is a "charity" issue, and that the government should not be involved in charity. According to that line of thinking, it should be the purview of nonprofits, churches, and so on, to support America's disadvantaged citizens. But as someone who has founded nonprofits, who understands the importance of charity work, and has led a religious congregation, I know very well that charity cannot compensate for lack of social justice. When I look at the advantages of my own child compared to the relative disadvantages of children a few miles away, I don't just think that I should be involved in charity work. I think that child on the other side of town is being denied his or her RIGHTS in a democratic society.
Source: Healing the Soul of America, by Marianne Williamson, p.146-7 , Jul 24, 2018

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