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Catholic Hierarchy Attacks the Capital’s Homeless
First published in his blog Unsilent Generation earlier today, 12 November 2009
Not since Reagan, who in cutting social services, dumped the poor onto the streets in the early 1980s, telling faith based charities to take care of them, has the prime source of charity – the church – made such a threat.
For the second time in a week, the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the US has jumped into sexual politics at a time when conservatives are trying to make sex a divisive issue in health care reform. Last Saturday the Archbishop of Chicago lobbied the House Republican leadership on the reform legislation.The Catholics wanted to make sure the anti abortion amendment to the legislation would pass–which it did.
Yesterday the Archdiocese of Washington DC threatened to cut off social services money provided by Catholic Charities to the homeless in the Capital because the church hierarchy abhors the very idea of gay marriage.
This threat is not just about gay rights. It is another sign the Church has decided to elevate its meddlesome policies on sex to the forefront of national politics and at a time when the entire social service sector of the economy faces dramatic change. Tying together abortion and gay rights is now a major factor in the health care fight. The conservatives have seized on sex as a powerful political lever in the debate scheduled to go to the Senate floor next week.
The homeless are a commonplace, fixture, in Dickensian Washington. They beg from downtown street corners as the lawyers, politicians and lobbyists brush past. Not since Reagan, who in cutting social services, dumped the poor onto the streets in the early 1980s, telling faith based charities to take care of them, has the prime source of charity – the church – made such a threat.
Here is part is the Washington Post’s report:
So what are we left with:
Born in 1936, James Ridgeway has been reporting on politics for more than 45 years. He is currently Senior Washington Correspondent for Mother Jones, and recently wrote a blog on the 2008 presidential election for the Guardian online. He previously served as Washington Correspondent for the Village Voice; wrote for Ramparts and The New Republic; and founded and edited two independent newsletters, Hard Times and The Elements.
Ridgeway is the author of 16 books, including The Five Unanswered Questions About 9/11, It’s All for Sale: The Control of Global Resources, and Blood in the Face: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads, and the Rise of a New White Culture. He co-directed a companion film to Blood in the Face and a second documentary film, Feed, and has co-produced web videos for GuardianFilms.
Additional information and samples of James Ridgeway’s work can be found on his web site, http://jamesridgeway.net.
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