Posted by: smstrouse | June 23, 2012

The Nuns on the Bus Speak for Us


The nuns on the bus speak for us – especially Sister Simone Campbell.  Listen to her response to Rep. Paul Ryan claim that when government does too much for the poor,“you make it harder” for churches and charities to do that work.

Sister Simone: “The cuts that have been proposed and passed by the House will require every church, every synagogue, every mosque, every house of worship in the US each year for 10 years to each raise $50,000.”  

So as the pastor of just one little church – Rep. Ryan, please don’t do us any favors! It’s hard enough out here. We’re doing our best, really we are. Religious folks are mighty generous, but let’s be fair. Cutting the budget for food stamps and other necessary social services, while giving more tax cuts to the wealthy (and, according to Sr. Simone, adding more to the military budget than the Pentagon even asked for!) is downright insulting.

The ‘Nuns on the Bus’ tour was in Dubuque, Iowa last week.  If you haven’t been keeping up with this group of sisters led by Sister Simone, check out Bill Moyers’ coverage at http://billmoyers.com/category/nuns. They even have an interactive map so you can follow the route of this journey through the Midwest to Washington, D.C. spotlighting social justice issues and protesting the House budget.

In Dubuque, they became the singing nuns (OK, I’m sure that’s been done to death) with their version of the kids’ song:
The nuns on the bus go all around,
All around, all around.
The nuns on the bus go all around.
All through the land.

The nuns on the bus say, “No!” No!” “No!”
“No!” “No!” “No!”
The nuns on the bus say “No!” “No!” “No!”
Ryan’s budget: “NO!!”

The money in the land should make more jobs
Feed the poor, shelter all
The money in the land should be for all.
So justice can be served.

The nuns on the bus speak for us,
Speak for us, speak for all,
The nuns on the bus speak for us
Justice for all.

Yes!  The nuns on the bus do indeed speak for us.  And we in every church, every synagogue, every mosque, every house of worship in the US” should add our voices to theirs.

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