Should churches be allowed to help the poor?
It would violate the separation of church & state for the government to try to place any restriction on it. It would most certainly violate freedom of religion by preventing me from practicing what I believe.
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Attempting to prevent this would be a major violation of both freedom of religion & separation of church & state.
No, it wouldn't be a violation of either. In no way does it violate the separation of church and state. You might be able to argue it violates your freedom of religion as you wouldn't be able to do your charity work.
Regardless, it would be wrong.
Yes. Also I would rather see a more organized effort. All the churches team together and pool resources and have a larger operation to stop replicating services and expand to seasonal needs.
Yes, I think that is what church is largely about.
Churches are supposed to be God's representatives here on earth...and if part of their commission is NOT to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick and visit those in prison, then they have no business existing.
Someone just told me that helping the poor was the exclusive domain of the government. I was wondering how many people believe that.