I am not a religious person by any stretch of the imagination. I was, however, raised as a Catholic so I have some real life experiences to draw upon in the ways of righteousness. This is hopefully, a little reminder to any who might lean towards more of a Moral Majority approach to government and the responsibility to it's people.
Here is a passage from the bible that directly confronts any issue one might take with health care reform. Seek the truth, do what your Savior would expect you to do.
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?
38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
40 “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;
43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’
45 “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’
46 “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
I no longer subscribe to any religion for a myriad of reason that are not relevant to this conversation. What I do subscribe to is the idea that, we, as human beings, sharing the same goals of health and happiness, should do a much better job of taking care of each other. It is not only a Christian or Catholic, Jewish or Muslim idea to love thy neighbor. You don't need religion to have morals and love for one another. I hear so much hate coming for so many directions that it is mind boggling.
Ask yourself, if you were down and out, sick without resources, would you expect that your country should take care of you. For those who say the market will save us, I say, on this subject of taking of our fellow citizens, the government should take care of it's people. Wasn't this government founded by the people, for the people? Did we all forget that? When did it become by the rich, for the rich, or by the politicians, for the politicians? This government belongs to us, and it needs to work for us, the people, not the corporations, not the special interest groups, not the religious right.
It's important to know that people who don't practice any religion whatsoever, have a great passion for helping our fellow citizens who can't help themselves. We care about people in our towns, our states, our country and our entire world. We are fighting everyday to stay alive and tomorrow we will be here to fight another day. Not for religious people but for all people.
I am fighting for my life, and for yours!