This statement comes from the Burlington Area Ministerial Association (BAMA).
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From Clergy and Laity Concerned About America Today:
A Call for Community Concern and Action
on behalf of our friends and neighbors in growing need
Everyone in our communities is entitled, simply in being human, to good water, nutritious food, a secure home (at the very least, warm shelter), affordable health care.
Acceptance of this proposition is the heart of the political debate today. Some people still cling to the “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” way of thinking, ignoring the effects on our vulnerable neighbors of cuts in Food Stamps, Section 8 Housing, fuel assistance.
We would guess that those who fail to see the suffering do not realize that many if not most of the people who have received assistance out of federal funds are children, older Americans, veterans, single mothers with children, and physically and mentally challenged Americans.
As clergy and laity, we are called to say publicly that cutting these economic and social supports is wrong. Theologically, to our minds this abandonment of our neighbors is, simply put, a sin that is a consequence of structural changes in our economy and society and breakdowns in our democracy.
We understand the root of the problem is the drain on the federal budget of trillion dollar warplanes and billion dollar warships, leaving a pittance for the most vulnerable of us. Our prophets and sages call us to speak out about this injustice. We call upon our neighbors to speak out.
The vulnerable are scattered all about our communities. We will endeavor to provide the limited resources of the private sector to meet the growing need. And we will alert our neighbors that the private sector is not able to meet this need. We will advocate strongly and actively for more compassionate priorities on the federal level.