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The Real Values Agenda

August 25, 2011, 1:17 pm | Posted by Beth Dahlman

With Religious Right figures like Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry dominating the Republican primary field, the spotlight is once again on the so-called “values voter.”

Too often – and especially in elections years — “values” are treated as the sole territory of the Religious Right.

While FPL and others have done a lot of work to show exactly why this is not the case, progressives and people of faith concerned about social justice need to continue to work hard to make sure their voices, and values, are heard.

Enter Faithful America’s Real Values Agenda which calls on people of faith to stand up for basic values such as economic justice – much needed pushback when leading figures on the Right are advocating for shifting more of the tax burden to the poor.

Check out the Agenda and endorse it here.

Real Values Agenda

  • We stand for integrity in word and deed, holding our elected leaders accountable and advocating prophetically for what’s right. We do not tolerate the abuse of faith to score political points or using lies and smears to promote an ideological agenda.
  • We believe the moral measure of America is judged by how those who have the least are treated, not Wall Street profits. It is not compassionate or responsible to expect wealth to “trickle down” while children go hungry and parents can’t pay their medical bills. The wealthiest should pay their fair share before struggling families are asked to sacrifice even more.
  • We believe we’re all in this together, and that real leaders put the common good ahead of self-interest. Our communities and nation are strongest when we keep our promises to seniors, protect safety nets that save lives and create jobs that honor the dignity of work.

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