Faith Leaders Join #OccupyWallStreet; Decry False Idolatry of Greed
Today in New York, faith leaders brought their moral voice to the #OccupyWallStreet movement, holding an inspirational multifaith service with hundreds of worshippers before marching from Washington Square to Zucotti Park carrying a golden calf statue.
Built to resemble the Wall Street Bull, clergy used the statue to decry the false idol of greed that led to the economic collapse and devastated millions of families.
Rev. Jennifer Butler, executive director of Faith in Public Life, gave these remarks from the march:
Wall Street’s reckless greed is not only destructive, it’s sinful. Scripture clearly condemns the values and predatory practices that fueled our economic collapse, and people of faith are here to remind our nation of this fundamental truth.
The missing voices of suffering American families has been one of the most conspicuous absences in our political discourse over the last four years. Faith leaders are celebrating the emergence of the #occupy movement that gives face to these stories and speaking about the broad moral support of their traditions for economic justice and fairness.
Photo credit: Catholics United
Update: Video from WABC-TV, New York