My brother’s keeper

Dear Editor:

Every political campaign season and/or during efforts to sell some huge expensive new entitlement, quotations from the Bible are used to support the candidate and/or program. Frequently the verse or passage has its meaning stretched or distorted, sometimes beyond recognition.

President Obama has used the phrase “my brother’s keeper,” which is found in the Bible (so far so good), but only once (Genesis 4:9) and was used in an attempt to hide a premeditated murder (not so good). After Cain killed his brother Able, God asked Cain where his brother was, to which Cain responded, “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” How does this story support income redistribution through assorted welfare programs such as Obamacare, bailouts of banks and the automobile industry, etc.?

An educated guess is Able would have preferred not to have had his brother’s keeping.

David Greer
Cambridge

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