April 21, 2005

Social Justice Sunday

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 11:25 pm

The Clergy and Laity Network and DriveDemocracy.org are sponsoring Social Justice Sunday as a response to the egregious right-wing effort to take over the judiciary, “Justice Sunday”. From the Building the Beloved Community website:

Progressive religious leaders from around the country are joining with Clergy and Laity Network and DriveDemocracy to take the fight to GOP Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and the extreme right’s unprecedented attack on the constitution and the judiciary.

WHAT: Social Justice Sunday – Faith and Freedom Vigil
WHEN: 2:30 pm, April 24, 2005
WHERE: Central Presbyterian Church
318 W. Kentucky St. Louisville, Kentucky
CONTACT: Clergy and Laity Network and DriveDemocracy

From a George Lakoff (of “frame” fame) dailyKos diary:

Religious progressives support social justice, not injustice. We want to protect life all the way from birth up until the edge of death. We will brook no government interference in difficult, even agonizing family decisions. We believe the common good is necessary if we are to pursue our private goods, and that government should use the common wealth for the common good. And we need our judges, and we need to keep them safe.

There are more religious progressives than right-wing fundamentalists. There are more of us than of them. They may be better organized, but this is changing and that change starts April 24. This is our test. Will we stand up to them? Will we write to our ministers, priests, imams and rabbis asking them to join us in speaking out? Will they put signs on their places of worship celebrating “Social Justice Sunday?” Will we organize and hold candle-light vigils and marches on the evening of April 24? Will we invite the media to sermons on Social Justice Sunday and to vigils?

We have already begun to organize – in just hours. Drivedemocracy.org and the Clergy and Laity Network issued a press release and activated their coalition of sixty progressive religious organizations. We called upon every religious organization to join with us.


  1. “We want to protect life all the way from birth up until the edge of death.” = pro-lifers not welcome?

    Comment by Lee — April 22, 2005 @ 4:40 am

  2. Lee –

    I certainly hope not. It sounds like Lakoff is pro-choice, although he may just be dodging the issue, since he’s presuming to speak for and to political liberals of all religious stripes.

    I think liberals are changing their tune in general regarding abortion — recognizing that the seamless garment starts in the womb, and wanting to work to reduce and eliminate unwanted pregnancies, while opposing the “criminalization” of abortion. A position that angers both the pro-life and the abortion-on-demand folks. Which means they probably have it about right.

    Comment by Bob — April 22, 2005 @ 7:31 am

  3. I don’t really know what term accurately describes me on the abortion issue.

    I am definitely opposed to the killing of fetuses based on tne notion that a child would inconvenient. However, I do believe abortion should be legal under certain circumstances.

    I wish the Democrats had stuck closely to their originally stated position on the issue: keep it safe, legal and rare.

    I firmly believe it needs a lot more regulation, but outlawing it completely does seem unwise to me. In the cases when its the choice of a mother’s death or an abortion, the mother should be the one making the decision. It seems that some extreme pro-lifers want to outlaw even that.

    Comment by Forrest — April 22, 2005 @ 10:24 am

  4. You might be interested is see a response from the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA.
    http://www.elca.org click “news releases”

    Comment by Tony — April 25, 2005 @ 8:30 am

  5. You can be opposed to abortion AND be opposed to laws forbidding it.
    More laws=more government=less freedom and liberty

    Comment by shape — April 25, 2005 @ 1:07 pm

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