Auburn Seminary joins religious leaders in healthcare legislation protest

For Immediate Release
July 18, 2017
Contact: Aimee Thunberg, athunberg@auburnseminary.org

Auburn Seminary joins religious leaders in healthcare legislation protest
“Yet another attempt by lawmakers to dismantle the social safety nets that millions rely upon,” says Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson

WASHINGTON – Today, religious leaders will be taking part in two actions at the U.S. Capitol to protest the unjust and inhumane approach to healthcare in this country, along with the dangerous budget proposal put forth by the House Republicans.

Auburn Seminary and the Auburn Senior Fellows stand firmly with the National African American Clergy Network and the Red Letter Christians, calling on leaders of faith and moral courage from around the country to demand justice and human dignity for all Americans. We join faith leaders from diverse backgrounds, including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh traditions, as well as secular leaders from across the United States who are raising their voices to hold policymakers accountable for the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans.

“Today we are seeing the power of the multifaith movement for social justice coming together to raise our moral voice and say ‘no’ to legislation that will harm the vulnerable,” said the Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, president of Auburn Seminary. “America is better than this, and our shared spiritual imperative requires that we join together across religious difference and fight for the justice that our traditions demand.

“The budget proposed by the House Republicans is yet another attempt by lawmakers to dismantle the social safety nets that millions rely upon, including Medicare and Social Security. Not only does this bill imperil the lives of those who rely on Medicare and Social Security, it seeks to abandon our moral obligation to care for the most vulnerable among us. We cannot — and will not — be silent at this important moment in time.

“With the latest proposed health care bills now dead, the president has called for lawmakers to repeal existing healthcare laws without a viable alternative. This callous move, which would leave 32 million people without health insurance, violates the universal tenets of all faiths, which call us to protect the lives of children, the sick and the poor. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, ‘Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.’

“Fifty years later, our nation is still in need of a moral system that provides one of the most basic human needs: health care services. To deny millions of people access to affordable health care is unconscionable. As people of faith, we denounce the false hierarchy of value — that some lives are more deserving and worthy than others.

“This is a crucial moment for the multifaith movement for social justice. Join us by signing the Moral Call to Defend Healthcare and let your representatives know that you value people over profits.

“We must work together to bridge divides, build community, pursue justice and heal the world.”

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