Sunday, January 30, 2005

From the Chicago Tribune and P6:

After an unprecedented assembly of four historically divided Baptist groups, presidents of each denomination declared their opposition to the war in Iraq and to the nomination and expected confirmation of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general.They also called for a higher minimum wage, discontinuation of recent tax cuts, investment in public education and reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, some provisions of which are up for review in 2007."We have power in terms of black registered voters across the country to impact who sits in the White House," said Rev. Stephen Thurston, president of the 3 million-member National Baptist Convention of America and pastor of the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church on Chicago's South Side.Leaders also demanded that Bush stop privatization of prison construction, reinvest in children's health insurance and increase global relief for black nations such as Sudan and Haiti.During this week's sessions, delegates passed the plate to endow two historically black colleges, fund care for African AIDS victims and provide tsunami relief in Somalia. The money will be distributed from a newly opened bank account shared by the four groups.

Note that these black church leaders are calling for actions that actually help people, and affect their communities, instead of superfical blah blah blah about how much Bush hates gays. That is the difference between real moral values, and this bs peddled by conservatives. Oppressing gay people and censoring the TV won't save any lives or make anyone's lives better, but health insurance for kids, and not buying into the huge prison industry will.

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