NC protests split on Bible's message to help poor
Over the last two months, hundreds of protesters have walked out of North Carolina's capitol in handcuffs to oppose policies by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
While a broader coalition of supporters is building around the "Moral Mondays," they were started by the state chapter of the NAACP. The inspiration behind the protests is a throwback to the biblical message of civil rights leaders fighting segregation.
They argue that cutting benefit programs and cutting tax breaks for low- and middle-income families violates Jesus Christ's teaching to care for those with the least.
It's running into another school of Christian thought followed by many Southern conservatives: The best way to help the poor is through private charity, providing jobs and promoting self-reliance, rather than government programs.