a reply to: mOjOm
She could have worded it better, and she's aware of that. It was not a prepared answer, and it was directly asking her for her personal viewpoint. It
wasn't about policy or legality. It was about her own thoughts.
They're talking about generational poverty here. And in a deeply religious and spiritual community like this one, family is held together by their
spirituality. It's a very important part of people's lives here.
I could see people getting upset if she were talking about making policy changes in our city government and citing her own personal beliefs as reason
for that, but she was not. She was asked for her personal viewpoint on generational poverty, and she gave it.
But suddenly, she is painted as saying atheism is the reason for poverty in San Antonio. Not sharing her personal perspective on the issue of
generational poverty. And the simple truth is, she didn't say that at all.
Had it been some legislation that was being passed to punish people for having different religious beliefs than the mayor, I'd be outraged by that
myself. But her biased point of view was precisely what was asked for. Pouncing on someone for that is just beyond the pale.
I don't get your comment about her thinking that having a lot of connections makes people rich...what is that about?? She's not talking about having
connections. She's talking about families being broken, and how that directly impacts future generations of those families, resulting in continued
poverty. And she's right. The teen pregnancy rate here is ridiculous. The amount of single parent families is unbelievable. And as family becomes less
important, kids aren't being taught how to make it out there in the adult world.
When daddy is gone and momma has to work three jobs to feed the kids, nobody is home to make sure the homework gets done and the kids aren't out
running the streets. And those kids grow up without direction or discipline or any real ambition, so the cycle continues. That's what she means about
broken people. Broken families.
You keep saying stuff about wealth and getting rich...but that's not what this is about either. These people don't care about being rich. They care
about having food to eat and a roof over their heads. Bringing people out of poverty doesn't mean they need to get rich. They just need to be able to
better sustain their families so they can get off welfare and set the entire family on a better future path. And broken families struggle far more
than families who are close knit and unified. Future generations of families like that have a higher chance of continuing generational poverty, and
it's a serious ongoing issue here.
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