ON-Lion Letter
As President Barack Obama and Congress negotiate possible federal-spending limits before raising the debt limit, Religious Left officials like Jim Wallis have gathered support from 5,000 clergy in an open letter calling for "a moral budget."  The proclamation deployed spiritual language to demand Congress protect favored federal social programs.

The effort follows an April Lenten fast and "circle-of-protection" campaigns by liberal religious officials to protest proposed limits on domestic and international aid programs.

"There are changes that can be made or efficiencies that can be found, but every day we see what government can do," the letter proclaims.  "We believe that God is calling us to pray, fast, give alms, and to speak out for justice."

Mark Tooley, president of the Washington-based Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD), said, "This letter cites Jesus Christ but seems to assume all good things originate from a less heavenly source:  Washington, D.C. bureaucracy.  These clergy might instead ask whether all federal poverty programs actually help the poor and how future generations will survive under endless debt and higher taxes.

"Calling for 'shared sacrifice,' these clergy don't seem to expect sacrifice from Big Government," Tooley continued.  "They admit small business and job growth are essential to prosperity but oppose reforms and limits on government required for markets to grow.

"These clergy seem to think only endlessly expanding Big Government can bring justice."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports IRD.
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