“The president basically endorsed our concern for protecting the poor as we work on balancing the budget,” Galen Carey, vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals, said after the meeting. The Rev. David Beckmann, president of the anti-hunger organization Bread for the World, supported the administration’s efforts to negotiate a budget that calls for spending cuts and revenue increases. “We applaud the president for acknowledging that any budget deal must protect programs vital for hungry and poor people,” he said in a statement. Churches Press Obama to Protect Poor in Budget Talks on EthicsDaily.com Inspired by a common spiritual conviction that God has called on all Americans to protect the vulnerable and promote the dignity of all individuals living in society, the faith community has worked along the United States government for decades to protect those struggling to overcome poverty in the U.S. and abroad. Without a sustained federal commitment to these programs, the interfaith leaders fear that their Houses of Worship will be unable to solely support the country’s most vulnerable in their time of need. Among those who were arrested include Jim Winkler, General Secretary, General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church; Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Shalom Center in Philadelphia; Rev. Jennifer Butler, Executive Director, Faith in Public Life; Rev. Paul Sherry, Director of the Washington Office, Interfaith Worker Justice; Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Director of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); Rev. Michael Livingston, Past President, National Council of the Churches of Christ (USA); Sandy Sorenson, Director of Washington Office, United Church of Christ; Martin Shupack, Director of Advocacy, Church World Service; Jordan Blevins, Director of Peace Witness Ministries, Church of the Brethren; and Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, President of Common Cause. Faith Leaders Arrested In Capitol Hill Protest To Protect The Poor On Wednesday, faith leaders met with President Obama to pray, read scriptures and urge him to protect the poor. Before meeting the president, the leaders met with Republican Rep. Paul Ryan. They are now setting their sights on sit-downs with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell. "We are not among those who want to kick the can down the road," said Galen Carey, vice president of Government Relations for the National Association of Evangelicals. Carey and members of the faith coalition Circle of Protection believe the budget is a moral issue that they must address now rather than later. Christian Leaders Lobby Obama, Congress for the Poor, Christian News What Would Jesus Cut? Christian Leaders Say Protect the Poor Republicans Reverse 26-Year Old Budget Precedent to Protect the Poor July 28, 2011 As we reported earlier today, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as local Catholic leaders have criticized Speaker John Boehner for his proposed debt-reduction plan, which would "make tax cuts for the wealthy our most sacred national priority" instead of protecting the most vulnerable members of society. Faith in Public Life ------------------------------------------------------- I don't even have supernatural beliefs, but I still know what's right. These aren't "crazy wacko left wingers". These are "religious leaders", many of them Republicans and conservatives.