Circle of Protection mobilizes to change nation’s budget priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Christian faith leaders pledged anew to build a “circle of protection” around vital social programs identified for deep spending cuts under President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget, saying their action is consistent with biblical principles.
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The Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, an ecumenical advocacy organization, said the group wanted members of Congress to stand up for the Christian values they hold and “speak as people of faith.” He called for a mobilization of religious congregations to tell Congress that programs that promote human life must become a priority for the country.
“Underneath the headlines in Washington, there are moral choices we make,” Wallis told CNS. “We want to make those moral choices clear. For us, this is not a matter of politics or partisan loyalty.

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