The Episcopal Bishop of Milwaukee’s Message on Middle East / Madison Events

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Posted February 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Nikolaus wrote:

*sigh* Much fodder on which to comment.  All I will note is that when I’m in an Episcopal baptismal service I omit this clause:  “respect the dignity of every human being.”  In its current usage it has NOTHING to do with the Gospel except as an abuse of it.  This ministers use here is proof.

February 27, 7:14 pm | [comment link]
2. Steven in Falls Church wrote:

It’s these kind of politicized ignoramus comments that make the church an elaborate joke to so many.

I believe we can all agree that our baptismal vow to “respect the dignity of every human being” is not served by a majority simply pushing through legislation because they have the votes necessary to do so.

You mean like what happened with Obamacare?  Actually, Bishop, the majority is trying to save Wisconsin from the same fiscal meltdown that is happening to your own church.

[C]ontact your representatives and invite them to true leadership by taking the time to listen to the voices of all and provide a guarantee that the voices of all will be heard in the future.

How can you contact your fleebagger representative when he has left the jurisdiction and is in hiding?

February 27, 7:41 pm | [comment link]
3. Paula Loughlin wrote:

“We also are called to speak on behalf of the sick, the poor, the elderly, orphans, widows, and all those who live in the margins of our society. Matthew in his Gospel reminds us that in serving these we are serving the Lord Jesus himself. It would be a sin to balance our state budget on the backs of those who have the least.”

Very true.  I think he meant to make this address to the public sector unions.  Since failure to pass the bill would impact the ability of Wisconsin to deliver services for those very ones who have the least.  Cause it sure as heck is not teachers.

February 27, 7:53 pm | [comment link]
4. Jeff Thimsen wrote:

With all due respect to public employees, the are hardly the “sick, the poor, the elderly, orphans, and all who live on the margins of society”

February 28, 7:24 pm | [comment link]
5. Septuagenarian wrote:

It seems to me that “conservatives” yelled loudly about the Democratic majorities in Congress pushing through the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

It also seems to me that the “conservatives” of Wisconsin caused the fiscal crisis there by getting an irresponsible tax cut for wealthy corporations. Before that reduction in revenues there was no fiscal crisis in Wisconsin. Even with the cuts, the fiscal crisis is nothing compared with that of Texas, where “conservatives” have reigned for decades and created a $27 billion crisis with low taxes, corporate loopholes and corporate subsidies.

It also seems to me that the issue in Wisconsin has nothing whatever to do with fiscal responsibility. The unions have already agreed to assume significant increases in health insurance and pension premiums by the teachers and others—in effect a reduction in their total compensation. The dispute there has to do with an attempt to break the union’s ability to engage in collective bargaining. That, incidentally, does not necessarily translate into increased costs—the state still has to agree to any future bargain.

Finally, the real victims of this—as it is in Texas—will be the children who are the holy innocents. But the almighty dollar and the Koch bothers are obviously more important than those children or the future of the State of Wisconsin.

February 28, 7:56 pm | [comment link]
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