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Budget Fray Gets Religion

August 1, 2011

HOUSTON - Thousands of mainly conservative, evangelical Christians are expected to participate in a day of fasting and prayer at Houston's Reliant Stadium Saturday. While billed as non-political, "The Response" is a call to action for "a nation in crisis," according to the event's high-profile organizer, Governor Rick Perry. He blamed taxes and government regulations for the country's economic problems in a speech to event planners.

Meanwhile, conservatives aren't the only religious voices weighing in on today's high-stakes political battles. Bishop Wayne Miller of the Metro Chicago Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, recently joined other faith leaders for a White House meeting with President Obama, asking him to participate in a "Circle of Protection" for the most vulnerable while negotiating spending cuts.

Miller says wealthy Americans should pay their fair share during tough times.

"Privilege has to be married to responsibility. When privilege separates itself from responsibility, it's bad for everyone."

While conservatives argue that everyone benefits when the economy grows, progressives say there was plenty of growth in the past when the wealthy contributed more in taxes. Besides, says Miller, too many needy people get left behind when fiscal austerity becomes the sole focus of government.

"We're creating such a gap between haves and have-nots, where no matter how much skill you have it's getting harder and harder to find that spot where you can participate in your own growth advancement."

A federal judge last week dismissed a lawsuit against Governor Perry by atheists who argued his promotion of "The Response" violated the Constitutional separation of church and state. Earlier this year a similar suit was dismissed against President Obama for proclaiming a National Day of Prayer.

Peter Malof, Public News Service - TX