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5/30/2012 12:16:00 PM
Letter: Churches can't meet financial burden of poor
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Some on the Christian right have suggested that it should be the church and not the federal government that should provide for the disabled and the needy, but consider this fact check:

According to statistics, there are 53 million people on Medicaid at a cost for the federal government of $206 billion. There are 320,000 Christian churches in the U.S.

That means that each church would need to take on 166 people each at an annual cost of $3,886.79 per person per year. That means that each and every church would have to come up with an extra $53,767 per MONTH just to cover the fed's (not the state's) share of Medicaid.

Can YOUR church come up with that kind of money?

Andrew Summers

Prescott Valley

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Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Article comment by: Gini Norgard

The LDS Church Humanitarian Aid gives to all, not just members. They have several departments, ie. Emergency Response, Wheelchair Distribution, Clean Water Service, Neonatal Resuscitation program, Vision Treatment Training program, Perpetual Education Fund.
From 1985 - 2009, $327.6 million in cash and $884.6 million in commodities of aid was given throughout 178 countries. (Wikipedia)
I'm sure they keep a reserve of funds for future building, printing, missionary work, and let's not forget... lawsuits from a sue-happy country.

Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Article comment by: @ Wendy Fink


Please get your facts straight before accusing "Mormons" of only helping each other. Check out the following links for accurate information:



Please don't rely on what you hear from others for information on the Mormon church. If you want accurate information, ask a Mormon. We're always happy to share the truths about our religion and dispell myths.

Posted: Saturday, August 4, 2012
Article comment by: wendy fink

Remember the dust bowl:
I'm glad someone's finally pointed this out with the numbers to back it up.
People forget that during the famine in the dust bowl during the 30's, private charities could not handle the demand. Many starved before the federal government stepped in.
Oh, and one other thing- the Mormon church, which Romney is a devout member of, does no charity work at all for those outside their church. Gives you an idea of the kind of man republicans are trying to put in the White House.

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012
Article comment by: Discussion Not Emotion

I agree with the numbers, but the writer downplays the massive wealth of religious organizations. Organized religion as a whole is fantastically rich, but individual churches clearly aren't, so that much of the writer's claim is true enough.

Fiscal responsibility limits the government's ability to help the poor, however. Not to mention that Republicans in general tend to want to slash assistance to the poor overall.

Fortunately there are good people in this country, of any and all faiths, political views, and socioeconomic backgrounds (atheists, christians, democrats, republicans, middle-class, etc) that contribute to charities that assist the poor.

There will always be poor, but if we can at least give them the chance to improve their situation, we've done our part as compassionate Americans.

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