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Oh Lord, Won't You Make Me Rich So I Can Pay More Taxes!

The gospel according to the movie True Grit (2010) is as follows: "You must pay for everything in this world one way or another.
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Woe to You, Legislators!

It is reported that Congressman Paul Ryan makes every member of his staff read philosopher Ayn Rand, the shame
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What Would Jesus Tax?

In the face of state and federal budget cuts, many of us have been fasting and contemplating the question: "What would Jesus cut?" In light of tax day, however, we might equally contemplate: "What would Jesus tax?"

After all, a great deal of our budgetary stress is the result of declining revenue, thanks to the economic downturn and decades of tax cuts.

A new report that I co-authored, "Unnecessary Austerity," argues that before we make draconian budget cuts at the federal and state level, we should reverse huge tax cuts for the wealthy and tax dodging corporations.

The Jesus I know would be concerned about the extreme inequalities of wealth and power that have emerged in our communities. He would rail against principalities and powers that rig the tax rules so the privileged pay less.

He would lament the destruction of God's creation through excessive consumption and pollution. And, he would be alarmed about financial and commodity speculation driving up the cost of food and worsening hunger. (In today's world of high finance, someone would be hedging investments on how quickly Jesus could multiply loaves and fishes.)

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Rediscovering Values for Lent: The Mind of Christ

[Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the Rediscovering Values Lenten Study Guide. We invite you to study God's word with us through these posts.]
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Friday Links Round Up: The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts.

The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week:

  • Dear Fork, You have a son.
  • Let's thank our members of Congress for joining the hunger fast for a moral budget. (Call your member and ask them to join.)
  • Stay updated on the latest news from the hunger fast for a moral budget.
  • Watch this CNN report on the hunger fast for a moral budget.
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I Am Fasting So People Don't Go Hungry

In the tradition of the church, the season of Lent was observed through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
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Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Quran Burning. Troop Drawdown. War Tax Calculator.

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest new
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The Church Called to Rebellion

People can take a certain amount of oppression. However, when it gets beyond their ability to tolerate, they rebel.
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Terry Jones: We Have Lost Our Brother

In a blog posted on God's Politics on September 14, 2010, I wrote that I rejoiced that Pastor Terry Jones had
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A Duty to Love in a Time of War

When President Obama addressed the American people and the world on the military operations in Libya, he spoke of a responsibility to act.
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