Social Justice Advocacy as a Lenten Practice: This Budget Does Not Reflect Our Values

March 8, 2005

“Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations…He will not fail or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth.” -- Isaiah 42: 1, 4a, Old Testament Lesson for Monday in Holy Week, Book of Common Prayer

Congress this week will begin its consideration of President Bush’s FY’06 budget request. As Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold explained last month when the President’s proposal was first released, a federal budget “provides one of the most concrete expressions of our nation’s shared moral values and priorities.” Bishop Griswold urged us to ask the following questions in examining whether a budget properly reflects America’s values: (1) Is the budget compassionate? (2) Does the budget serve the whole human family, both at home and around the world? and (3) Does the budget serve the common good? Viewed through this lens, we are deeply concerned that the President’s budget does not reflect the compassionate values of our nation nor the Gospel’s command to care for the least among us.Click here to read more about the budget.

The President’s budget proposal is just that: a proposal. Final spending decisions will be made by Congress. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR LAWMAKERS URGING THEM TO PASS A BUDGET CONSISTENT WITH OUR NATION’S VALUES.


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