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Jul 27, 2011 | Al Kamen

What Would Jesus Cut?

Diolog - Money[The Washington Post] In Washington, when you’re in crisis mode, when your back is to the wall, when no solution is in sight, you . . . meet.


So every interest group in Washington is meeting these days — with President ObamaHouse Speaker BoehnerSenate Majority Leader ReidHouse Majority Leader Cantor and House Minority Leader Pelosi, or with other groups, to influence the debt-ceiling debate.


Perhaps the most unusual of the meetings was one Obama had last week with a coalition of Christian religious leaders who urged him not to hammer the poor in trying to reduce the national debt.


It is, one participant said, “an unprecedented coalition,” including leaders from the Episcopal Church, the Salvation Army, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.


It’s unprecedented because “we don’t agree on much else,” said John Carr of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.


The coalition focuses on those Jesus called “the least of these” (Matthew 25:45), which speaks to obligations to look to the less fortunate. One goal is to get lawmakers to consider “What would Jesus cut?” (Actually, to ask the question is probably to answer it.)




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