Faith leaders denounce tax bill and call for a moral economy

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December 2, 2017
Contact: Aimee Thunberg ([email protected])

 

Faith leaders denounce tax bill and call for a moral economy

Statement of Auburn Seminary President Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson

NEW YORK — In response to the passage of a tax bill by the U.S. Senate, Auburn Seminary President Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson issued the following statement:

“The tax bill passed by the Senate will affect our country’s most vulnerable populations and violate the universal tenets of all faiths, which call us to protect the lives of children, the sick and the poor. Our nation needs a moral economy, rather than the proposed tax cuts which likely will lead to the dismantling of existing programs that provide the most basic human needs, including health care, food, housing, and education.

“To deny millions of people services they need so the wealthiest get tax cuts is unconscionable. As people of faith, we must have the moral courage to live up to God’s call to do justice, love with kindness and walk humbly. We must denounce the false hierarchy of value — that some lives are more deserving and worthy than others.

Clergy across the United States must provide comfort and guidance while demanding that our leaders guarantee justice for all Americans. And so we call on faith leaders to raise their voices in support of a moral economy by joining the Poor People’s Campaign to demand economic justice. Together, we must work to bridge religious divides, build community, pursue justice and heal the world.”

 

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