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Jim Wallis, Thousands of Christians Call on Obama to End Mubarak’s Regime

Source: Sojourners
Date: February 4, 2011

 

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Jim Wallis, Thousands of Christians Call on Obama to End Mubarak's Regime

In Sojourners call-to-action, Wallis urges Obama to take stronger stand on Mubarak


WASHINGTON, DC - Rev. Jim Wallis called upon thousands of Christians yesterday to send a strong and simple message to President Barack Obama - "It's time for President Barack Obama to call for Hosni Mubarak to resign. If Mubarak doesn't respond to Obama's appeal, the United States government should end its military aid to Egypt.”

Wallis sent out the call to action to the hundreds-of-thousands strong Sojourners network of Christians committed to social justice and activism.

"Mubarak is a thug, and his regime must end,” Wallis, founder and CEO of Sojourners, said. "As the largest supplier of military aid to Egypt, it is the responsibility of the United States to call for Mubarak's withdrawal.”

While President Obama has called for a "transition” to occur in Egypt, Wallis said that Obama's message is not nearly clear or forceful enough - especially when compared to the cries for democracy rising from non-violent protestors in Tahrir Square.

Wallis, a long-time peace activist, commended the Egyptian protesters for standing their ground in the face of violent actions by Mubarak's supporters, who are reported to be government-hired thugs themselves.

"This is a moral issue and an urgent issue, and it's time for the faith community to speak up and to speak clearly,” Wallis said.

The Egyptian people are willing to die in their own streets in order to see democracy and the end to a tyrant's regime. For Christians in the U.S. who are called to side with the weak and the oppressed, that makes Mubarak's resignation a moral imperative.

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Jim Wallis is the president and CEO of Sojourners, the largest network of social justice Christians in the United States focused on the biblical call to social justice. Wallis is also author of the New York Times bestsellers God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It and The Great Awakening: Seven Ways To Change The World,Reviving Faith & Politics. His latest book is Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street.

Sojourners' mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. Visit www.sojo.net, and www.GodsPolitics.com.