The Common Good

'Faithful Filibuster' Protest Asks Politicians To Focus On Poor, Vulnerable In Shutdown Fight

Date: October 10, 2013

A group of evangelical leaders have embarked on a "faithful filibuster" protest, asking political leaders to address the impact of the partial government shutdown on the poor and vulnerable in society.

These leaders, including the Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, Galen Carey, vice president for governmental affairs at National Association of Evangelicals, and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, will be reading 2,000 Bible verses dealing with poverty at an outdoor location near the Capitol. The "faithful filibuster" is planned to last until the shutdown ends.

They are also sending each member of Congress a "Poverty and Justice Bible" in which each of those 2,000 verses are highlighted.

The "Faithful Filibuster" is organized by the Circle of Protection, a group of 65 Christian leaders who have asked political leaders to prioritize the needs of the poor and vulnerable as they try to deal with the nearly $17 trillion national debt.