Christian Dems take on debt ceiling in new ads
July 26th, 2011
01:43 PM ET

Christian Dems take on debt ceiling in new ads

By The CNN Political Unit

(CNN) - An organization of Democratically-aligned Christian leaders will launch new radio ads Tuesday attacking Republicans for neglecting Biblical lessons to care for the needy in their plans to raise the debt ceiling, according to the group.

Sojourners, a progressive Christian coalition led by Rev. Jim Wallis, will place ads narrated by local pastors on Christian and country radio stations in House Speaker John Boehner's Ohio congressional district and statewide in Kentucky, targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Nevada, in support of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The size of the buy has not yet been disclosed.

The minute-long spot attacking Boehner's plan says the book of Proverbs "teaches that where there is not leadership a nation falls and the poor are shunned while the rich have many friends."

Read the full story about the new Christian debt ads on CNN's Political Ticker
- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: John Boehner • Politics

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  1. @Avdberg

    To gays, every man is a gay. They belong to mental hospitals. Americans have become perverted. The ending of Sodom awaits America.

    July 30, 2011 at 4:56 am |
  2. AvdBerg

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    July 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
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    July 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
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    July 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  5. Bonnie

    A very beautiful, poetic photo with nostalgy and sadness. It's so fine it can be sold as prints ; )

    July 28, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  6. Hunm

    This debt issue may have many different varieties of people attempting to gain a foothold in this stalemate, but i think that the time for partisan politics should have ended months ago. This just seems like a ridiculous attempt at making the GOP feel guilty. And while i do feel that it was a brave attempt it was futile because it seems like this tax increase proposal is fire to these guys. This congress has gotten to the point where sacrifices are going to need to be made by people on both sides of the spectrum if we are going to see any real improvement in this deficit. And the only way we will resolve this quickly in the event that things do go sour is if we all together carry the burden of this debt. The rich, middle class, amd even the poor will carry this burden if we do not act quickly.

    July 28, 2011 at 4:15 am |
  7. Bonnie

    Yes, Morgan. Only Christians and Christian Churches do the real, effective charity for all. All others are mere mimickers not that effective.

    July 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  8. morgan painter

    Name one government program that is as efficient as volunteer or church operated programs. Whether they be education or assisting the poor, the volunteer programs get the most help to where it is needed. Government programs end up with layer after layer of administrators and overseers sucking money out of the fund.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  9. David Johnson

    Christian Right wish list:

    The Texas history books are rewriting history to give the conservative slant. The objective of this effort, is to create a Christian Nation, a theocracy with Jesus as Head of State.

    A huge campaign is underway, to convince the American people, the founding fathers never intended a separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson's role as a founding father is played down. In some cases Jefferson is smudged.

    Expect an attack on the 1st and 14th Amendments. The founding fathers will weep.

    Most of the Tea Party are for a Christian Theocracy. The Tea Party is in bed with the Christian Right. A vote for any Tea Party candidate, is a vote for Christian Right domination.

    The Republicans are the puppets of the Christian Right and the Rich.

    You will see an amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman. The repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell", will be in grave jeopardy. Gay rights will dwindle and die.

    Roe Vs. Wade will be reversed. Women will once again be forced to seek back alley remedies. Men will be forced to buy condoms on the black market.

    Stem cell research will stagnate. The hopes of damaged and sick people will be dashed.

    All scientific research will be scrutinized by the Christian Right. "If a theory is in agreement with Scripture ", will be the new metric. Get use to hearing "God Did It". No one will dare question otherwise.

    P_ornography will be illegal. The Religious Right will decide what is p_ornographic , as well as what is art. You will watch television programs approved by the Evangelicals. Lots of reruns of "Growing Pains", starring that Evangelical darling Kirk Cameron. Thank you Jesus!

    Creationism will be taught in public school, most likely alongside evolution rather than instead of, but no guarantees.

    Vouchers will enable parents to send their child to religious schools. Funds to public schools will dwindle. Quality education will be out of reach for the masses. The finite amount of money, will be spread too thin. But what does it matter? It is the will of God.

    Little Johnny will believe in talking snakes and Zombie Messiahs. The rest of the world is spending their time learning real science and math. Good luck Johnny. Can you say: "Would you like fries with that?"

    State-sanctioned Prayer will be in our schools. The Christian Right think they know better than the Founding Fathers and want to tamper with the Bill of Rights. They want to amend the U.S. Const_itution, so that the Government would legally sponsor and take over the activity of prayer. Only the one true god, the Christian god, will be given homage. The non-Christians will be allowed to put their heads down on their desks, during the morning worship. They can contemplate their damnation, for not accepting Jesus.

    $ex education will consist of abstinence only. Studies have shown it is a worthless concept. But, it will please Jesus.

    The war against unions, commenced during the Bush administration, will continue.

    Jesus will be the Head of State! He will be represented by an empty chair at the head of the leadership table. Only the Evangelicals will be able to hear His voice. They will tell the rest of us His will. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

    We will be slaves to a make believe god. If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny.


    July 27, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • morgan painter

      My Goodness, I think you should consider cutting back on the caffeine. It appears it is having a major hyperactivity effect on you.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • carol

      Possibly there is a lot of caffeine involved, but your points are (unfortunatly) totally correct. Not just sad but really terrifying that the Evangelical Nutters are trying to take over and no one has the nerve to stand up to them.

      August 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  10. pete

    So again explain to me how not increasing tax helps with revenue and how cutting spending will do it all? It seems like the only people that get helped are the people who have the money already. The people who really need the help through some of these programs just get hit again. Rich stay rich, poor stay poor.

    And haven't we had "lower taxes" for the last 10-11 years. I haven't seen things get better

    July 27, 2011 at 7:20 am |
    • Nonimus

      Not that I agree, but Revenue – Expenditures = Surplus/Deficit.
      In order to reduce the deficit you can increase revenue or decrease expenditures, therefore if you reduce the expenditures below the revenue you will get a surplus. Pretty simple actually.
      Revenue > Expenditure = Surplus
      Revenue < Expenditures = Deficit

      July 27, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • morgan painter

      The US government has a spending problem.

      It is almost like someone who loooves to shop. They spend all their cash, max out two credit cards and then apply for more credit cards. Spending more then one earns will end up in disaster. That is exactly what the US government has been doing for many years. It is a joint addiction fed by both republicans and democrats. All the spending has to go through congress and it took the votes of both parties to make it happen so they are equally responsible.

      Gov has to stop spending more then it takes in.

      Increasing taxes will mean the people have less spending power and therefore will buy less, stay home more, not plan trips and vacations. That will push the whole economy further down.

      Spending by the gov has to stop. At least OVERspending.

      I am certain raising the debt one penny more then absolutely necessary to avoid default is a big mistake. There are some people in gov with some sort of addiction to spending and the only way to control them is to shut off the money. Kind of like a teenager that keeps asking for more money to head for the mall, to buy more music, more electronic gadgets, more clothes. Eventually mom and dad will be broke, unable to make the house payment and the family will be out on the streets. Then the teenager will be angry and ask, "How could you let this happen?"

      Right now the gov is like that spoiled teenager with a spending addiction and no concept of what will happen in the future.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • tony c smith

      i agree the rich get richer the poor get poorer . i see thr gop is still trying to increase welfair for the rich . by welfair i mean the tax breaks the rich gets . if the usa gives tax breaks for rich the only way tou can look at these tax breaks is a welfair plan for the rich . i worked [ 34 ] years at my job most of that time paying [ 33% ] payroll taxes no loopholes no tax breaks . while i paid [ 33% ] big wealthy companys and rich people paid no taxes or recieved a refund . that is a welfair program for the wealthy . i am now retired and disabled and the gop wants to cut what little i get from medicare .i can not even afford to go to the heart doctor . i am ashamed that their is people like that running this country . lets rember when clinton left office their was a big surplus . george bush and the gop created this problem . i am begging the gop to stand down so somebody can get the usa back on track . thanks from a retired /disabled amercian .

      July 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  11. Buddy R

    Jim Wallace is a communist seeking to use religion.

    Jesus did not teach that the government should provide for the poor. Jesus taught charity, not welfare. Never did he say that the government should steal money from hard working individuals to give to slouchers.

    Also, the Bible clearly states every man should eat HIS OWN bread, not my bread. It says if a man will not work neither shall he eat.

    Of course the dems are all in favor of a woman murdering her unborn baby, which Christians have opposed from the very beginning. They also seem to ignore the Bible when it comes to gay marriage. Hmmmmmm.

    2Th 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

    2Th 3:12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Hmm... The rich cling to the verses you quote, which were the words of Paul. Paul was targeting the people who believed Christ was coming back immediately and that they did not need to work. Paul was not talking about the poor in general.

      Everyone, that is able, should work. Liberals don't have an issue with this.
      Proverb 10:4: Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.

      But most are poor, because of things that are beyond their control. Poverty often breeds poverty.
      "God must love the poor. That is why He made so many of them.” – Lincoln

      This is what Jesus had to say:

      Matthew 19:21-24
      Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

      Matthew 6:24
      No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Money.

      When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats: And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say to them on His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry, and you gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave Me a drink: I was a stranger, and you took Me in: Naked, and you clothed Me: I was sick, and you visited Me: I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, and fed You? or thirsty, and gave You a drink? When did we see You as a stranger, and took You in? or naked, and clothed You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and came to You? And the King shall answer and say to them, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it to Me. – Matthew 25:31-40

      And then there is this:

      Acts 2:44-45
      All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.

      Hmm... "they gave to anyone as he had need." They didn't judge the person they were giving to. Maybe there is a lesson in there somewhere...


      July 27, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Nonimus

      Doubt I'll ever completely understand the Bible. Just before your quote doesn't it say, "9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate." (2Th 3:0)
      Isn't he saying that he has a "right to such help," i.e. charity?

      So confusing... why bother with it?

      July 27, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • eric calderone

      RE: Buddy. When Jesus speaks of Charity, he is speaking of behavior motivated by love for God and other people. It is a commandment, not a volitional exercise. Caring for your disadvantaged neighbor is equivalent to expressing love for God.

      Christian behavior is neither right-wing nor left-wing. It is God-centered, and that by necessity means people-centered. We are created i n the image of God, our soul comes directly from God. When we sin, either through commission, or omission, we sin against God.

      Buddy, if you feel you have a right to not care for your neighbor, then perhaps you should re-examine your true feelings towards God.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Buddy R

      Welfare is the government stealing from one person to give to another person. Charity is a person of his own free will giving to another person. The Bible teaches charity, not welfare.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • eric calderone

      RE: Buddy. No, YOU teach handouts are all right as long as they are voluntary, whereas, Christianity teaches that caring for one's neighbor is caring for God. Ever hear of the divine commandment? Love GOD and love your neighbor as yourself. For a Christian, there is nothing voluntary about Charity.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • carol

      To David Johnson – nice to know someone out there actually reads the bible. I think most of the Evangelical Nutters are no more familiar with what it actually says than they are with the religious beliefs of Jefferson and Franklin.

      August 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  12. Beatrice

    The fake "Beatrice" who degrade Mr. Romney is not the original Beatrice.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Maria

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      March 2, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  13. Beatrice

    Mitt Romney has big golden tablets in his magic underwear. I should know.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  14. Beatrice

    Godly wisdom, honest hard-work ethics and generosity must be taught. That's what The Book of Proverbs teaches. It condemns immorality like that of present USA repeatedly. The days of perverts are numbered.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  15. Beatrice

    This is a beautiful photo. Well done, CNN. I didn't know that present Dems have Christians within. That's a lot of consolation. But feeding the poor or not, Sodom gets destroyed. Christian Dems need a better priority.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • Beatrice

      I feed off the spout on the golden tablets in Mitt's Magic Underwear.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  16. J.W

    I hope they dont do one of those Your Take:.... articles on this one. That would be boring.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  17. Reality

    Too many ads and too many "talking-heads". Time for some ways to pay OUR bills and balance OUR federal budget:

    from :
    CNN- 2007
    " The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and anti- terrorist efforts abroad could cost the country $2.4 trillion over the next ten years, according to a report Wednesday.

    The money, over 70 percent of which would go to support operations in Iraq, includes the estimated $600 billion spent since 2001, Congressional Budget Office Director Pe-ter O-r-szag said in tes-timony before the House Budget Co-mmittee. That estimate includes projected interest, since the government is borrowing most of the funds required.
    The $2.4 trillion would pay to keep 75,000 troops dep-loyed overseas from 2013 to 2017. About 210,000 troops are currently deployed. It does not include the Pentagon's normal spending, which in 2007 is estimated to be about $450 billion."

    Obviously, we can no longer afford to fight Muslim terrorism abroad. So bring the troops home making it clear to countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan that W-MD already in our ar-senal and paid for will be delivered upon their capitals and mosques if our country is ever attacked again by Muslims from anywhere.

    And the pro-mul-gation of the flaws and f-al-acies of Islam should be made the number one priority of Departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security. With no Islam, there will no longer be any koranic/mosque-driven acts of terror.
    And do we still need troops in Germany? Ditto for Ja-pan? WWII was over 66 years ago.

    And then there are these other suggestions:

    Some incentives to live a healthy life style and also ways to pay for universal health care.

    1. An added two dollar health insurance tax (or higher) on a pack of cigarettes. Ditto taxes on alcoholic beverages, the higher the alcohol content, the higher the tax. Ditto for any product shown to be unhealthy (e.g. guns, high caloric/fatty foods??)
    2. Physicals akin to those required for life insurance- the overly ob-ese will pay signficantly more Medicare and universal health insurance (unless the obe-sity is caused by a medical condition).
    3. No universal health care coverage for drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or using cell phones while driving.
    4. No universal health coverage for drug addicts or for those having self-inflicted S-TDs.
    5. No universal health coverage for abortions unless the life of the mother is at significant risk and judged to be so by at least two doctors.
    6. No universal health coverage for eut-hanasia.
    7. No foreign aid given to countries who abort females simply because they are female.
    And then let us have a flat tax, no exceptions for individuals or corporations basically eliminating the need for most if not all of the IRS, corporation tax departments and corporation loop holes.
    And obviously the US government is now a charity case far worse than any group on the globe. The Buffets and Gates of the world should chip in via donating some of their 100's of billions to said government. Btw, there is a federal office already in place to receive said funds.
    And last but not least, those now getting Social Security payments who do not need said funds to live a good life style should not be be given said monthly payments. Instead, they should be able to deduct this amount from their current taxable income

    July 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
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      July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • John Richardson

      In principle, "sin" taxes sound like a reasonable way to offset the costs of the alleged sin. In fact, however, the money raised tends to be plundered for other purposes. The considerable "sin" tax on tobacco disproportionately hurts the poor, who are disproportionately prone to smoking. If it was tightly regulated where these funds could end up, that would be one thing. As it is, it's just more "steal and squander" by government tax thugs.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • carol

      W T F is a self-inflicted STD???

      August 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
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