Nancy Pelosi’s office just sent out a press release commending the Jim Wallis-led protest against the “immoral Republican budget.” First, I’d like to thank whoever added me to this list. I’m giddy. On to the release:
Today, hundreds of faithful Americans descended on Capitol Hill in peaceful protest to stand up for working Americans, our children, the poor, those still hurting from Hurricane Katrina, and our elderly. In the freezing cold, in prayer and song, they called the Republican budget what it is — a moral failure, empty of spiritual hope and nourishing resources.
This mean-spirited Republican budget takes food from the mouths of hungry children, cuts housing for Katrina evacuees, reduces support for our veterans, and fails to adequately provide health care for our elderly; all to provide tax cuts for millionaires. I stand with those faithful who stood in the cold today proclaiming how this budget fails to work for all Americans. I commend Reverend Jim Wallis and the pastors and church workers from across our country who marched on our Capitol. I join them in prayer for those less fortunate. I stand with them in the struggle for a budget that lives up to our American values of fairness and opportunity. Together, America can do better than this failed budget being hoisted on the backs of the vulnerable. Democrats will continue to fight for a moral budget that is worthy of our great nation.
Sigh. “Mean-spirited”? Republicans are meanies? Seriously, though, the Dems really cannot get too far out on this religious stuff. It’s not in their best interest. Most folks who care about religious topics know their Bible, their Ten Commandments, and their theology. They know that faith doesn’t forbid federal budget cuts in ineffectual welfare programs. They know that “thou shall not kill” is a commandment. If the Dems find faith, they better be prepared to be consistent.