According to The Huffington Post newsite, the Franciscan Action Network has strongly criticised US presidential candidate Mitt Romney for recent statements and advertisements on the issue of welfare policy.

The newsite cites a press release issued by FAN which states: "Our Christian tradition teaches that we are to treat the poor with dignity and to prioritize the poor in our policies as a society. At a time when millions are struggling financially, it is degrading to talk about the 'dependency' of people hurting in this economy, as Gov. Romney did recently."

The report cites FAN spokesperson Lonnie Ellis claiming that Romney's recent statements and advertisements are "worse than ignoring" poor people. "It's saying look, 'President Obama is actually supporting poor people too much, or he's just giving a free ride to poor people.  So it's actually using poor people in a really bad way."

The full story can be found here.
Ivan Himmelhoch
8/15/2012 02:04:11

In the Mormons' book of "Doctrines and Covenants" one reads at 52:40:

"And remember in all things the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, for he that doeth not these things, the same is not my disciple."

Yes, I know that as a Quaker and Uniting Church Pastoral Committee member, I fail far too often for comfort to live up to even the basics of James, let alone our Christian teachings on compassion and welfare.

And yes, I know that cherry-picking verses from a book of Mormons that I am not familiar with, may be unfair.

But this verse seems to be so fundamental. Surely it would be a sign of respect to Mormonism, rather than prejudice, were some journalist to put directly to Romney the above verse. And ask what it means to him?


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