Maybe the problem is that I’m not a biblical scholar. But until now I didn’t realize that God was in favor of the government takeover of the medical system. The religious Left is busy attempting to fill in my–and your–gaps of knowledge.
In early April, Religious Left groups met with Senator Kennedy’s Chief Advisor on Health reform to plot how to exploit religion for imposing socialized medicine on America. Evidently, they easily agreed to the June 24 “Interfaith Service of Witness and Prayer for Health Care Reform” in Washington, D.C., supported by “echo” interfaith rallies across the nation.
These staged, ostensibly religious gatherings “will draw attention to the moral message offered by every American faith tradition: affordable, accessible, inclusive, and accountable health care coverage for all.” But for the Religious Left, these goals can only be achieved through a federally controlled, centralized health system governed from Washington, D.C. that ultimately squashes private insurance.
Sponsors of the rallies operate under a coalition called “We Believe Together” and include the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, the Islamic Society of North America, Michael Lerner’s Tikkun and Network of Spiritual Progressives, the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church USA lobby office, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Jim Wallis’ Sojourners, the School of the Americas Watch, and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Regarding the latter two groups, evidently opposing the U.S. school for Latin American military officers at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and advocacy for unrestricted abortion rights are causes that easily align with socialized medicine.
Speakers at the D.C. rally at Freedom Plaza will include Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Sayyid Syeed, of the Islamic Society of North America, and James A. Forbes Jr., Pastor Emeritus of famously far-Left Riverside Church in New York and now head of the Healing of the Nations Foundation.
Concurrently with the interfaith prayer rally in Washington, a group called People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO) is also rallying religious groups to socialized medicine. PICO was founded by Jesuit priest Fr. John Baumann, who learned Saul Alinsky-style community organizing in Chicago in the 1960’s and 1970’s and transferred his skills to Oakland, California. PICO and its allies see churches as convenient and susceptible tools for political organizing on the Left’s behalf, which nearly always entails expanding the power and control of government, while displacing the private sector. PICO’s socialized medicine campaign is working in coalition with Sojourners and Faithful America, which is the political arm of the National Council of Churches.
PICO and friends kicked off their latest national push for socialized medicine with a May 22 conference call between its activist clergy and reporters. Supposedly PICO has recruited nearly 600 clergy to preach the glories of socialized medicine and mobilize their congregations in June and July. It also professes that 10,000 religionists will lobby Congress “to work together to make quality health-care choices affordable for all families,” i.e., a federal takeover of the health care industry. PICO likewise will air radio ads called “Abundant Life” in key congressional districts. According to a PICO news release, the ads will stress “every person, created in the image of God, is of limitless value.” Listeners are asked to contact their members of Congress to encourage them “to work together to make quality health-care choices affordable for all families.”
So God is a socialist when it comes to medicine. And probably most everything else. Imagine that. I’ve got to get more serious about reading the Bible!