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Religion News Service

Religion News Service Press Items
President Obama agrees with religious officials' concerns about protecting the poor as Washington debates the nation's debt ceiling crisis, according to leaders who met with him this week.
WASHINGTON (RNS) As President Obama prepared plans to bring a limited number of U.S. troops home from Afghanistan, a group of 40 religious leaders called for the president to “bring the war in Afghanistan to an end.”
(RNS) A coalition of Catholic, evangelical, black and Latino Christian leaders have formed a "Circle of Protection" against U.S. budget cuts to poverty-fighting programs, gearing up for battle when Congress reconvenes next week.
"The congressional budget compromise reached last week did not go far enough for some progressive Christian leaders," writes Richard Yeakley of Religion News Service in an article about the continuation of the Hunger Fast.
(RNS) Faced with an unjust rule of Persian king who threatened the very lives of her Jewish people, the Jewish heroine Queen Esther called on the faithful to fast and pray for their rulers to have a change of heart.
Balancing the federal budget at the expense of the poor would be un-Christian, evangelical leaders warned Congress on Thursday as they work to reject proposed spending cuts to domestic and foreign aid.
In an article from Religion News Service, reporter G. Jeffrey MacDonald mentions Sojourners efforts to make sure deficit reductions are handled in a moral manner.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Many economists warn that the government’s huge national debt is a looming threat to long-term prosperity. But is it also immoral?
(RNS) A coalition of more than 50 Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders sent an open letter to Congress urging a "time of soul searching" and national dialogue about "violent and vitriolic political rhetoric."
But the Rev. Jim Wallis, a progressive evangelical who is close to Democratic leaders, said Tuesday’s election pointed to the party’s lack of vision, not networks.