As reported by the weekly Standard: Along with progressive groups, a reported 36,000 pledges, including Moveon.org Director Justin Rubin, and more than 2 dozen democrats are joining religious left leaders (Jim Wallis) to protest the budget cuts being debated in Washington. Their protest is supposedly in the form of fasting.
Is anyone surprised this fast took place during Lint?
Rubin had this to say; “All week long I’ve been looking into the eyes of my 2-year-old daughter, and thinking about the hundreds of thousands of kids who will get kicked out of preschool, who will lose access to health care, who will go to bed hungry each night if these cuts pass. I joined because according to my faith and my conscience, letting children starve while giving handouts to giant corporations is wrong, plain and simple.”
The fast reportedly began in late March by former Ohio Democratic Congressman Tony Hall and Evangelical Left Sojourners chief Jim Wallis, and ended on Easter Sunday.
Hall stated, “By voting for the Ryan budget, my colleagues have chosen to continue ignoring the voices of poor and hungry people. On Easter Sunday I will start eating again, but millions of people here in America and around the world will not have the same luxury; they will continue to go hungry.”
Endorsers of the fast include United Methodist agencies, the Islamic Society of North America, SEIU, and the evangelical relief group World Vision, among others.
Jim Wallis also ended his fast on Easter Sunday. Jim Wallis, seems elated that “politicians have begun to feel the pressure of those in the faith community who believe that we should not balance the budget at the expense and pain of poor people.” Without the fasters’, Wallis concluded the cuts, would have been much worse.
Next week Wallis and his Sojourners group will announce a “new coalition of leaders and organizations who will work to grow a movement of Christians and other allies of faith and conscience who oppose unjust and immoral budgets.”
Not only are these groups and organizations exploiting a Christian Holy Week, but in 1995, the National Council of Churches urged churches during Holy Week to hang purple draperies from their sanctuaries to protest the then new Republican Congress’ assault upon “children, the elderly, the poor and the oppressed.”
Jim Wallis is a spiritual advisor to Obama and his primary support comes from the religious left. Last year he denied receiving funding from George Soro, then later admitted he had. He has been arrested 22 times for civil disobedience.