The Common Good

The 2012 Faith Issue: Poverty

Date: October 30, 2011

Predictably the media will report the “religious issues” in the coming election as abortion, gay marriage, perhaps evolution and, this year, maybe Mormonism. But a growing number of people from the faith community, especially a younger generation, will also see the alarming Census number on growing poverty rates in America as a fundamental moral and religious issue that every candidate must address. And how they plan to deal with America’s growing economic disparity, now being protested by the Occupy Movement, is likely to be a primary factor in how many in the faith community will vote in the next election.