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The Faith Community Says Corporations Are Not People

Michael Greenman of Columbus, Ohio, national moderator of the Move to Amend Interfaith Caucus
Michael Greenman of Columbus, Ohio, national moderator of the Move to Amend Interfaith Caucus
February 10, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One group that disagrees with the 2010 "Citizen United" Supreme Court decision, which ruled that corporations are people and money is protected as free speech, is organizing in the faith community to get money out of politics. Michael Greenman, Columbus, is national moderator of the Interfaith Caucus of Move to Amend, which supports amending the Constitution to overturn that Supreme Court ruling and related ones that have increased corporate power.

He said his group first organized among Unitarian Universalists, "and then the organization group started to talk to people both in their own churches at home and to people in other faith communities."

So far, he said, several Protestant denominations, Hindus and members of the Ethical Culture Society have come on board. Those who agree with the group's three tenets - love thy neighbor, care for the poor, and stewardship of Creation or of the Earth - have united to oppose corporate influence in politics. Greenman is taking that message around the country, starting in Florida this month.

Opponents of "Citizens United" have said corporations put profits over people in many harmful ways, such as controlling the food supply and slashing the social safety net.

"We also understand and agree that Congress isn't going to do anything to change this, to change the power of corporations," Greenman added, "and the only realistic and viable way to do it is through a Constitutional amendment."

That proposed amendment would declare that "inalienable rights" belong only to human beings, and money is not a form of protected free speech and may be regulated in political campaigns. So far, 16 states and 500 cities and towns have passed resolutions in favor of such a Constitutional amendment.

Melinda Tuhus, Public News Service - OH