Thursday, December 15, 2005

There in Spirit

A bout with bronchitis (mine) and pneumonia (my wife's) prevented me from getting arrested at the Capitol in DC yesterday along with Jim Wallis, John Perkins and others. But much love and respect to those who are willing to speak prophetically against injustice. For more on the prayer protest against domestic poverty, read: More Than 100 Arrested in Capitol Protest (AP): "Wallis called the House budget plan, which would produce $50 billion in savings over five years, 'the real Christmas scandal,' a reference to a campaign by some conservative Christian groups against the greeting 'Happy holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas.''" A Religious Protest Largely From the Left (Washington Post): "Why in recent years have conservative Christians asserted their influence on efforts to relieve Third World debt, AIDS in Africa, strife in Sudan and international sex trafficking -- but remained on the sidelines while liberal Christians protest domestic spending cuts?" `Christmas scandal' outcry (Chicago Tribune): "'When our government stands before God Almighty, Jesus will say, I was hungry but you cut food stamps,' Haynes said. 'I was thirsty but you cut Pell grants. When I needed surgery I was not part of your social class so I was denied access.'" (The thirsty/Pell grant reference is odd, but the point is clear.)


At 12/15/2005 03:57:00 PM, Blogger SWK 254 Understanding Diversity said...


thx for the ny times link. very inspiring...hopefully this protest will stay on government's radar...more importantly the church's.


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