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Faith Leaders Denounce GOP Budget as Immoral

March 20, 2012, 12:14 pm | Posted by Kristin Ford

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), chair of the Budget Committee in the House of Representatives, just released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013.  Just like his proposed budget from last year, the plan would gut the safety net and jeopardize health care for seniors, unemployment insurance for job-seekers, and food stamps for families.

Faith leaders, who rallied last year to urge Congress to reject Ryan’s budget, are springing back into action to denounce the proposed budget for its cuts to programs that protect the poor.

We worked with Half-in-Ten (a project of the Center for American Progress) and Sojourners to compile quotes from prominent faith leaders reacting to the budget.  Check out the full list of quotes here.  Some of my favorites:

Father Thomas Kelly, Catholic priest and constituent of Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI):
“As a constituent of Congressman Ryan and a Catholic priest, I’m disappointed by his cruel budget plan and outraged that he defends it on moral grounds.  Ryan is Catholic,  and he knows that justice for the poor and economic fairness are core elements of our  church’s social teaching. It’s shameful that he disregarded these principles in his budget.”
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director, NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby:
“The federal budget is, and always has been, an indication of the priorities of our
nation. The Ryan budget, if enacted, would say that we are a nation that favors the
super-wealthy by lowering their tax rates while we harm those most in need through
deeper spending cuts in safety net programs. We are a caring, compassionate people. To deliberately target struggling families while enriching the wealthiest is both  immoral and not reflective of our nation’s values.”
Rev. Michael Livingston, director of the National Council of Churches’ Poverty Initiative:
“Rep. Ryan’s budget uses the deficit as an excuse to pursue an ideological agenda that punishes poor people who can’t find a job. If Rep. Ryan wants us to take his moralizing  about the national debt seriously, he should have the courage to ask for shared sacrifice from his millionaire donors instead of kicking poor families while they’re down.”

2 Responses to “Faith Leaders Denounce GOP Budget as Immoral”

  1. Daniel Sanchez says:

    Noticeably missing is any official pronouncements from this country’s Catholic Bishops about this issue. I am waiting for another letter of condemnation read at Mass by our Pastor. The fact that we haven’t heard one is further evidence of what I have suspected all along: that that there is far more GOP than GOD in the Bishop’s actions. Shame on them.

  2. racing says:

    I’m ready for the primary to be over. I don’t like Romney or Obama. Unfortunately one has to be President.