Associated Baptist Press Press Items
The PICO National Network, Sojourners, National Council of Churches and Auburn Seminary combined to collect signatures over a 72-hour period to add to the names of 12 Newtown ministers who signed the original letter.
“Leaders in Washington face serious moral choices on sequester and the budget that will have significant consequences for millions of people across the country,” said Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners and one of the faith leaders who signed the letter.
Wallis was among faith leaders who spoke at a press conference at the United Methodist Building in Washington announcing the initiative. Wallis quoted NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre’s comment in the wake of the Newtown shootings: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.”
Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners and a member of First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., called the Republican budget “an immoral document” because of how its priorities and principles apply differently to the rich and poor.
Sojourners launched an online petition drive urging the federal government to put a stop to attacks on American mosques.
Other white Christians have spoken out. The National Council of Churches and Sojourners, both groups with a large white membership, are among the groups that have expressed concern about the circumstances of Martin’s killing.
Two years ago conservative commentator Glenn Beck called on Christians to leave their churches if they were preaching about social or economic justice, comparing it to communism. Jim Wallis of Sojourners fired back by calling on Christians to leave Glenn Beck.
President Obama met 40 minutes July 20 with Christian leaders seeking to protect programs that aid poor people in any debt-reduction deal that the administration reaches with Congress.
Associated Baptist Press reporter Norman Jameson writes about the Wild Goose Festival, which took place June 23-26.
Other organizations in the coalition include Believe OutLoud, recently in the news after Sojourners magazine rejected their ad welcoming gays and lesbians to church.