Feed the poor if you want, but don’t mention Jesus — not if you want to give away free food. So says a low-level Florida government official.
The United States Department of Agriculture goes to a lot of trouble getting Congress to tax Americans. This is necessary so that the USDA can buy food from farmers at above-market prices.
This reduces the amount of affordable food available to the poor. Everyone knows this. It has gone on for 80 years.
So, the question is: Should the USDA give away this food? To whom? Not to potential buyers. That would force down the price of food. That in turn would require the USDA to pay even higher prices to farmers for their excess production.
So, the USDA gives it away to state agencies. These agencies then give it away to charitable groups. They in turn give food to the hungry.
One non-profit outfit in Florida has given away free food for 31 years. But not any longer. It turns out that this group — Christian — mentions Jesus to the poor people it ministers to. It took 31 years for some low-level government bureaucrat to put two and two together. “What’s this? They talk about Jesus? Well, that’s got to stop.”
So, the bureaucrat told them: “Either stop mentioning Jesus, or else let the poor bastards starve.”
The ministry did an amazing thing. It went out and found other sources of food to give away.
So, the state of Florida is now looking for another outlet to give away the free food it gets from the USDA.
Maybe MoveOn will do it. Or “Hillary 2016.”