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Catholic Leaders Urge Gingrich, Santorum To Leave Racist Talk Behind

 

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Catholic leaders issued a letter Friday to GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, themselves Catholics, urging them “to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail.”

The letter, signed by 45 Catholic leaders says:

“Mr. Gingrich has frequently attacked President Obama as a “food stamp president” and claimed that African Americans are content to collect welfare benefits rather than pursue employment. Campaigning in Iowa, Mr. Santorum remarked: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

“At a time when nearly 1 in 6 Americans live in poverty, charities and the free market alone can’t address the urgent needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. And while jobseekers outnumber job openings 4-to-1, suggesting that the unemployed would rather collect benefits than work is misleading and insulting,” the letter adds.

“This statement is urging prominent Catholics in the race to go back and look at church teaching,” John Gehring, the Catholic outreach coordinator at Faith in Public Life, told The Florida Independent, adding “that the letter is also about poverty.”

“The Catholic bishops have been incredibly important in raising a prophetic voice that really challenges those who think that the free market alone can sort of solve our economic problems,” Gehring said. “You have Catholic conservative leaders, like John Boener, Paul Ryan, Rick Santourm, Newt Gingrich and they’ve all been looking to dismantle vital social safety nets.” [More]

SOURCE

The Colorado Independent

 
 
 
 

5 Comments

  1. richard says:

    Very good advice. Stick to the issues.

  2. jim francis says:

    America has arrived at a horrible state. We have lost the middle Class. We have the working poor who live from pay chech to pay check. Its like standing in a pool of water on your toes with all your cloths on, the water is under your nose and you hope and pray that no one make any waves. The rich get richer.

  3. Charles Bolser says:

    It is also good to have safety nets when you become unemployed, because of lack of education, opporltunity etc. When factories close and lay-offs are common – and the minimum wage is considerably below the poverty line, how do people make choices between food and medicine? No one – and again, no one makes it through life without help, encouragement, challenges and opportunities – but without education and health – where do people turn? How many jobs have been eliminated in the past couple of generations due to globalization, the emphasis on the cheapest labor possible, and robotization? Standing in judgement of others makes us feel very self-righteous and it becomes easy to condemn others who don’t quite have the advantages that I – (we) grew up with.

  4. Eileen Kovatch says:

    I wish they wouldn’t use their Religious muscle for their own political agendae. I don’t think Christ ever preached that government should usurp the role of individuals in helping those less fortunate. The Catholic education I received always stressed the value of work and tat God helped those who helped themselves.

  5. buc says:

    These social programs are not safety nets. They are enslavement. They are ment to do one thing, Capture and keep those using the program enslaved to the government. It is far better to enable a person to take care of themselves and their family than to just make them dependent so that you can maintain political power.

 
 

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