Nuns on Tour(!)

Posted on July 3, 2012

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The Religion News Service reported yesterday on a group of nuns heading out on a nine-state bus tour, concluding on Capitol Hill, decrying the proposed GOP budget and criticizing the Catholic leadership’s opposition to President Obama’s Healthcare plan. Most notable about this escapade was that it “coincided with the ‘Fortnight for Freedom‘ campaign, a two-week effort by the U.S. bishops to modify or overturn a health care mandate that could require some religious organizations to provide insurance coverage for birth control.” Indeed, that fact reminds American Christians, not just Catholics, of the stark difference that exists between the political causes for which these women advocate and those for which the aforementioned bishops, all men, push.

Here are some highlights from the article:

  • “Nuns on the Bus claims that the Ryan budget would raise taxes on low-income families while cutting taxes for millionaires and corporations, push families into poverty, and kick 8 million people off of food stamps.”
  • “‘Many politicians offer deeply flawed theological justifications for the federal budget. They ought to get some theological help,’ [Sister Simone] Campbell said.”
  • “‘Nuns on the bus speak for not just Catholics, not for Christians only, not for Jews. They speak for all of us,’ said Sayyid Sayeed, national interfaith director of the Islamic Society of North America.”
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