<\body> Stories in America: 115 Christians Arrested for Exposing Budget Hypocrisy

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

115 Christians Arrested for Exposing Budget Hypocrisy

I guess Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson had other plans:
U.S. Capitol Police arrested 115 religious activists who were protesting a House Republican budget plan's cuts in social programs when they refused to clear the entrance to a congressional office building Wednesday.

"These are political choices being made that are hurting low-income people," said Jim Wallis, the event's organizer and founder of the Christian ministry group Sojourners. "Don't make them the brunt of your deficit reduction and fiscal responsibility."

Wallis called the House budget plan, which would produce $50 billion in savings over five years, "the real Christmas scandal," a reference to a campaign by some conservative Christian groups against the greeting "Happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."

Wallis, who was arrested, said the group had little complaint with a more modest Senate plan.

Outside in the frigid cold for several hours, more than 200 demonstrators sang religious and holiday songs, prayed aloud and chanted, "Stop the cuts." Those who were peacefully arrested and led away from the steps of the Cannon House Office Building faced booking and a $50 fine, said Sgt. Kimberly O'Brien, a Capitol Police spokeswoman.

Wallis refused to consider the vigil a partisan affair, saying the religious and political spectrum was widely represented. "The media seems to think only abortion and gay marriage are religious issues," Wallis said. "Poverty is a moral issue, it's a faith issue, it's a religious issue."

I wonder if Fox News will take a break from its "War on Christmas" to cover today's event.


At 12/14/2005 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will be pleased to know that Bill O'Reilly has had Jim Wallis on his show at least twice this year.

And here's the story from Fox News today...


At 12/14/2005 7:30 PM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

Great, was it on TV?

At 12/14/2005 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it was.


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