The Common Good

Religious Leaders Stage 'Faithful Filibuster' In Hopes Of Ending Shutdown

Date: October 9, 2013

WASHINGTON — Religious leaders frustrated by the federal budget deadlock are staging what they call a "faithful filibuster" across the street from the U.S. Capitol, reading the more than 2,000 Bible verses they say express God's concern for the poor.

The Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, said the partial government shutdown and looming financial crisis hurt the nation's poor and vulnerable most of all.

The Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, said the rhetoric in Congress reminds him of the Tower of Babel, where no one can understand what the other is saying.

Galen Carey, vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals, says they hope wisdom from the word of God will help lead the nation's leaders out of the current crisis.

The Rev. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance in Washington, told KSL News the shutdown is not just a political issue, but also a religious one.