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Rev. Livingston Defends Anti-Poverty Programs on Fox News

April 16, 2012, 2:40 pm | Posted by Nick Sementelli

Reverend Michael Livingston, director of the National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative, went on Fox News Live last week to talk about the Church’s fight to end hunger and poverty in America and how the House GOP budget actively undermines those efforts.

Despite having to deal with the factually challenged bias of anchor Lauren Green, Rev. Livingston did a great job making the case for the need for a strong partnership between churches and government to address these challenges.

One of the most poignant parts was Rev. Livingston’s discussion of how child poverty statistics highlight that the problem has serious structural and economic causes rather than simply being a result of individual moral failure:

LIVINGSTON: It’s about 16 million children living in poverty — most of them are in families with parents who are working. That’s a part of the tragedy of this situation. The parents simply aren’t earning enough in order to be able to support their families. And this will only worsen if the budget that the house just passed — the Ryan budget that the House just passed — is actually enacted. It will make things worse for children and families.

Watch the whole interview:

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