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Faith leaders join call of Occupy Wall Street protesters, find link between religion and movement

October 12, 2011, 1:55 pm | Posted by Brian Thorn
Albor Ruiz--NY Daily News
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Along with dozens of faith organizations, Faith in Public Life helped organize the construction and delivery of the golden calf to New York.

Some have called it “a sideshow” to the real-life drama taking place in Zuccotti Park.

But the Rev. Donna Schaper and the faith leaders who have rallied around the Occupy Wall Street movement, say their involvement is as solid as their religious beliefs.

Schaper, senior minister at Judson Memorial Church, thinks the time has come for faith communities to join the voices protesting the scandalous corporate greed and income inequality affecting 99% of Americans.

“Some say faith leaders should stay out of this,” said Schaper. “But actually every faith gives preference to the poor. The Hebrew and the Christian scriptures are full of warnings about the acquisition of wealth to the harm of others and of the requirement that the poor and dispossessed be cared for.”

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