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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 05:32 PM

Christian leaders weigh in on policies which would seriouly impact the poor.

100 Christian leaders have called on government officials to protect the poor and fragile as they seek to find a way to avoid devastating cuts implicit in the “sequester.” For some time these officials representing denominational and religious agencies and calling themselves. “ A Circle of Protection” (for the poor), have been advocating national policies and programs which take seriously the vast number of Americans who would be injured by the implementation of draconian national policies.
Here is a summary of their statement.

We urge our leaders to protect and improve poverty-focused development and humanitarian assistance to promote a better, safer world.
1. National leaders must review and consider tax revenues, military spending, and entitlements in the search for ways to share sacrifice and cut deficits.
2. A fundamental task is to create jobs and spur economic growth. Decent jobs at decent wages are the best path out of poverty, and restoring growth is a powerful way to reduce deficits.
3. The budget debate has a central moral dimension. Christians are asking how we protect "the least of these." "What would Jesus cut?" "How do we share sacrifice?"
4. As believers, we turn to God with prayer and fasting, to ask for guidance as our nation makes decisions about our priorities as a people.
5. God continues to shower our nation and the world with blessings. As Christians, we are rooted in the love of God in Jesus Christ. Our task is to share these blessings with love and justice and with a special priority for those who are poor.
Budgets are moral documents, and how we reduce future deficits are historic and defining moral choices. As Christian leaders, we urge Congress and the administration to give moral priority to programs that protect the life and dignity of poor and vulnerable people in these difficult times, our broken economy, and our wounded world. It is the vocation and obligation of the church to speak and act on behalf of those Jesus called "the least of these." This is our calling, and we will strive to be faithful in carrying out this mission.


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Reply Christian leaders weigh in on policies which would seriouly impact the poor. (Original post)
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DreamGypsy Feb 2013 #1
panAmerican Feb 2013 #2
skepticscott Feb 2013 #3
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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 05:58 PM

1. Here's the link...

...for Circle of Protection: http://www.circleofprotection.us/

I personally am not particularly influenced by the references to faith, prayer, scripture, church, and deity. However, many of the conclusions ultimately ring true.

I especially appreciated this quote from Ms. Kathryn Lohre, President, National Council of Churches:

"It is a scandalous reality that today more than one in seven Americans (46.2 million people) – and one in five children – are living in poverty. Budgets are moral documents, reflecting our core values and commitments. For this reason, we urge our elected leaders to continue to seek financial health for this nation while protecting those who are living at its margins


Yes, budgets are documents about morals and values. Does the allocation of 59% of discretionary spending to the military what we value and what we think is right?

Thanks for the post, Tmo.

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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 08:13 PM

2. Amen to that

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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 09:33 PM

3. You better let those "Christian leaders" know

that the "god" they're invoking is an outdated and totally mistaken concept, Charles.

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 05:16 AM

4. I hope they focus on the 218 GOP who voted for the Sequester. No Democrats did.

It went along party lines and those are the people responsible for this. Obama has sought to protect the poor, including those recieving scant attention.

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