Faith & Democracy


Some of my friends may now think I am the enemy. I have heard from them, and I am now to understand that the causes to which I am committed are viewed as Marxist. What causes are those, you ask? Apparently it’s any cause that smacks of “social justice.” If I am an enemy, I sure hope my friends will love me like Jesus instructed in Matthew 5:43-48!

Three bills -- important to PCG’s Common Good Agenda -- “made it out of committee” last week in Springfield and have been “reported favorably” to the Illinois House. Now the bills can be considered by all members of the House of Representatives. Each of these bills is likely to stimulate significant debate when called for a vote. Stay tuned!

How bad is the financial situation in Illinois? A knowledgeable source noted last week that the three national rating agencies have put Illinois on what is called "credit watch." This means that within 90 days, if things don’t start looking better, our debt holders will start flooding the market with the bonds they now hold, and Illinois will no longer be able to borrow.

I’m a tea drinker, in the morning, alone. I don’t, that is, attend tea parties.

Chicago, IL: Executive Director of PCG, Rev. Alexander Sharp, and President of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, John Bouman, will be speaking at St. Pauls’ Faith and Public Issues Conversation on the topic, “Red Ink: Our State’s Budget and Revenue Crisis.” Find out just how big the problems are and all about the proposed solutions. The event is free and open to the public; please rsvp to Nancy Brandt at or 312-787-6232. St.

Popular wisdom in Illinois said that we would address the state's fiscal and revenue crisis after the primary, but in this first week of the 2010 Spring Session of the General Assembly, it appears that the new message is "Not yet."

Pretty small potatoes compared with all the rest that’s going on in the 9th chapter of Luke

Call me crazy! Last Sunday I should have joined family and friends at a Super Bowl party and gotten into the spirit of the game. Instead I spent the day reading the recent Supreme Court ruling that – when it comes to campaign finance reform – there is no distinction between people and corporations.

Homosexuals seem to be getting a lot of attention these days. It’s almost as if everywhere you turn, somebody is letting out a screech for or against homosexuals. The way some say it, persons with homosexual orientation are human beings who deserve recognition for their basic human rights and equal standing in our diverse society. The way others describe them, you would think they are aliens from another universe, posing an intolerable threat to an established and ordained way of life.

Deerfield, IL: In this third Academy session, Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, will explore Illinois’ current budget crisis and the opportunity for structural reform. As crucial services and funding continue to be cut, find out what needs to be done to fix our outdated and insufficient tax and revenue policies. The session will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium. First Presbyterian Church is located at 824 Waukegan Road.


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