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Fasting Because Budgets are Moral Documents

Posted on | April 2, 2011 | Comments Off on Fasting Because Budgets are Moral Documents

The practice of fasting is testament-honored but not much practiced these days, as any trip to the shopping center or the movie snack bar will reveal.  But starting this week, I along with more than 20, 000 Americans will be partial fasting for economic justice.  Jim Wallis and a number of other clergy have announced a fast, and I have decided to join, because, like them, I believe that budgets are moral documents and that advocating cutbacks in basic aid to the poor–such as Food Stamps–is moral bankruptcy.  Move-On, whose leadership is also joining, announced its participation with these lines from Isaiah:

Is this not the fast that I choose:

to loose the bonds of injustice,

to undo the thongs of the yoke,

to let the oppressed go free,

and to break every yoke.  (58:6)

You can join too.


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Charles Taylor Kerchner is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University. My daily musings appear in the blog. The archives of my EdWeek blog are available via link under the 'On California' head. Some of my photography can be seen by clicking on 'Gallery.' And numerous links to academic work and other research and commentary can be found by clicking on 'Projects.'


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