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Dreamers and immigration advocates gathered at the Capitol this morning for the Dreamer Prayer Rally, kicking off a week of planned civil disobedience actions as part of the Camino de Sueños/ Path of Dreams virtual pilgrimage coordinated by Christian Community Development Association. Faith leaders urged Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act and provide a permanent legislative fix to protect DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients from deportation and provide a path to citizenship.
National faith leaders were arrested by Capitol Police during a nonviolent, faith-based civil disobedience action in response to the proposed tax bill. Faith leaders publicly read the Bible and prayed for the nation in the Hart Senate Office Building Atrium. The treatment of poor and vulnerable people is lifted up in the Bible more than 2,000 times. According to Pew Research, 91% of the members of Congress profess to be Christian. Today’s action served to remind senators of their biblical responsibility to the poor and to raise the nation’s moral conscience to stop the attack on society’s most vulnerable people.
Washington, D.C., November 22, 2017 – Christian leaders from all the families of U.S. Christianity are concerned that the tax bill being considered in Congress will cause harm to people in poverty. Below are statements from leaders of the Circle of Protection. The statements follow a letter the Circle of Protection sent to members of Congress recently. It reads in part:
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Jim Wallis, President and Founder of Sojourners, released the following statement today on the Republican tax plan.
As Christians we are told by Jesus that we will be judged not by our profit margins, our corporate tax rates, or our repeal of healthcare, but how we treat the poor, the sick, and the most vulnerable in society. The Republican tax bill that passed the House of Representatives has failed that moral test on all accounts.
"Well, I think these issues are much deeper than politics. Many of us feel politically homeless these days, but the racial divide is of deep concern to me. So when white evangelicals say to black evangelicals, I didn't vote for Donald Trump because of his racial bigotry but because of other issues like the ones you mentioned, the response often back from black evangelicals is, so his racial bigotry wasn't a deal breaker for you, I guess?"
"Dr. Williams-Skinner was one of the religious leaders protesting in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building last week, as part of the evangelical social justice group Sojourners. She read from the Gospel of Matthew: “I was hungry, but you did not give me anything to eat.
"I have always believed that we can attain this necessary but difficult goal by getting beyond the superficial and tribal nature of our political debates as they play out in the media and the halls of power. We can accomplish that by identifying the deeper moral and spiritual values that are at stake and lie behind these debates. Don't go left, don't go right, go deeper."
"President Trump is an ultimate and consummate worshiper of money, sex and power. American Christians have not really reckoned with the climate he has created in our country and the spiritual obligation we have to repair it. As a result, the soul of our nation and the integrity of the Christian faith are at risk.
"Now this intellectual, emotional, and moral failure as a human being has his finger on the nuclear button. And that is the grreatest threat to America and to the world today. Will other senators stand up for their country and our national security, as Sen. Corker has? How many Bob Corkers are there – how many Republicans will continue to make their Faustian bargain with a president who will promote the economic interests of their wealthy donors?