At least the homeless drunk is a tragic homeless person and is still going to at least spend some of that money of food to survive.
The fact that these cons stress “Give until it hurts, even if you are dirt poor” is pure evil!
That story about the Widow’s Mite was not an endorsement of the impoverished giving every cent to a church OR ELSE! Jesus was merely commenting on the fact that the widow was dedicated enough to do what she did even if it was utterly ludicrous and self-destructive.
Also; What JeanP said. Religious institutions before the age of Faith / State separation were CIVIC institutions that provided all sorts of Public Assistance.
Certain scriptural teachings and prohibitions are created for a reason and when said reason is no longer an issue then said teachings need to be considered obsolete.