Grassroots Illinois Action Rally on Thursday, Feb. 19th 2015
On February 18, 2015, Governor Rauner unveiled his FY 2016 budget proposal with devastating cuts for Illinois families and communities. The next day Community Renewal Society's Executive Director, Rev. Curtiss DeYoung, joined concerned community and faith leaders to protest Governor Rauner's harmful budget cuts.
The Budget is a Moral Document
I interpret the budget through the lens of the faith community. From this perspective the budget is a moral document. It defines and determines our moral priorities and values. The Scriptures state that government and we as individuals will be judged by how we treat the vulnerable and marginalized in society (Proverbs 17:5; Matthew 25:31-46; Surah 49:9). Both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jesus said that governments are judged by their concern for the least of these.
The budget presented by Governor Rauner fails the moral test of what is required of our state government. Rather than protecting, sustaining, and empowering persons who find themselves poor or homeless, this budget dismantles what little support systems they have. This budget cuts child care and higher education, job training and anti-violence programs, mental health and human services funding, and slashes Medicaid funding for families and seniors living in poverty. This budget hurts the most vulnerable.
Therefore, according to the Scriptures of the major world religions, the budget presented by Governor Rauner is an immoral document. And an immoral budget leads to devastating ends.
Rev. Curtiss DeYoung
Community Renewal Society