home
RSS
London cleric resigns amid Occupy cathedral protest
Protestors camped near St. Paul's Cathedral have prompted the church to close for the first time since World War II.
October 27th, 2011
11:50 AM ET

London cleric resigns amid Occupy cathedral protest

By Erin McLaughlin and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

LONDON (CNN) - A senior figure at London's landmark St. Paul's Cathedral stepped down Thursday, apparently over concerns that it planned to evict anti-capitalist protesters camped outside.

Canon Chancellor Giles Fraser had been supportive of the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest camp, the presence of which led the cathedral to close its doors last week for the first time in decades.

"It is with great regret and sadness that I have handed in my notice at St. Paul's Cathedral," Fraser said on Twitter Thursday, but did not give a reason why.

However, he told the London Evening Standard newspaper he was stepping down from a post he had held since 2009 because he believed the cathedral was set on a course of action that "may lead to violence."

The Dean of St. Paul's, the Right Rev. Graeme Knowles, said the cathedral would be "very sorry to see him go" but did not elaborate on his decision.

A statement on the Occupy London website said the protesters were "deeply moved" by Fraser's resignation.

"From the moment Occupy London arrived at St. Paul's Churchyard he respected our right to protest and defended it," it said.

"For that we are very grateful, as he ensured that St. Paul's could be a sanctuary for us and that no violence could take place against peaceful protesters with a legitimate cause - challenging and tackling social and economic injustice in London, the UK and beyond."

Cathedral leaders are expected to make a decision later on whether St. Paul's, a major tourist attraction and historic center of worship in the heart of London's financial district, will reopen Friday.

Knowles said Wednesday he was optimistic the cathedral might be able to reopen after changes to the way the tent city, which sprang up outside 12 days ago, was laid out.

"The staff team here have been working flat out with the police, fire brigade and health and safety officers to try to ensure that we have confidence in the safety of our worshippers, visitors and staff which will allow us to reopen," he said in a statement.

Knowles said St. Paul's believed in the right to peaceful protest but had asked the protesters to move on peacefully. It was consulting lawyers on measures it could take, including court action, he said.

Last Friday, the dean said the cathedral, which normally welcomes thousands of visitors each day, would be closed until further notice because of "practical and safety issues," including a fire risk from stoves used by those camping out.

The Evening Standard quoted London Mayor Boris Johnson Thursday as calling for new laws to prevent tent cities "erupting like boils" across London, and telling the activists: "In the name of God and Mammon, go."

A separate piece written by the Bishop of London, Dr. Richard Chartres, for the newspaper said the reopening of St. Paul's would be a victory for common sense.

He urged the protesters to disband, saying their original message had been all but lost amid media reports on other aspects of the protest. St. Paul's would organize a debate on the issue if they left peacefully, he offered.

St. Paul's Cathedral, designed by architect Sir Christopher Wren, was built between 1675 and 1710. A church has stood on the site near the banks of the River Thames for more than 1,400 years.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church • Leaders • United Kingdom

soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Elizabeth

    It's nice that the Canon stood for something. Does anybody remember in the movie "Mary Poppins" that outside of St. Paul's, a little lady singing "Feed the birds, tupence a bag" represented taking care of the poor? And then the children cause a run on the bank. What a precious moment. Take a look at that old movie, and think for a minute: it's the same then as now, there's a special something about St. Paul's.

    October 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      That is so sweet! Bless you child.

      October 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      You are now One of four of us poor souls that remember that scene. It was a thread on the first article about the church. 🙂

      October 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  2. Muneef

    The protestors want to speak to God in his worship house complaining to him human greed and transgress against his fellow human brothers turning the life and death of mankind as cheap as the air we breath...millions die in poverty & ill health...while others hoarding treasures and not using it to improve life for others by creating jobs,teaching illiterates,training handy crafts skills,to train and assist them to grow their own foods....
    To teach and create for others a chance to feed them selves is much better than supplying the foods of charity... But as it seems that those Very Rich we hear about are not the real owners of their money but rather the cooperates that use them as icon of their industry... For example Who is the rich one "Bill Gates or Microsoft" who owns the money...?

    October 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      Not me. How about a pancake breakfast?

      October 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • warmesTghosT

      Muneef, Bill Gates is the single most charitable philanthropist in the world. And an atheist. I'm really not certain what you're blathering about.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Muneef

      Dear
      There must be many other than those on Forbes who give charity such as food & clothing to the poor in their countries or on international scale bless them all... But what I am saying is that this kind of charity is not intended to fight poverty in which they are to contribute more in creating jobs and free enterprises that aimed on constructively developing the poor communities and societies to conquer poverty and ignorance to becoming more productive human race...!

      October 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  3. Religizz

    So "challenging and tackling social and economic injustice in London, the UK and beyond." makes you "anti-capitalist", CNN? Wow, this organization has really lost its way.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • aksdad

      So the permanent class of people living off the dole at taxpayers' expense are victims of social or economic injustice? Those people who are temporarily jobless or working jobs they don't really like or aren't paid as much as they wish are victims of social or economic injustice? What solutions do you propose that aren't anti-freedom and anti-capitalist? My solution would be to improve your skills and marketability so you would be appealing to an employer willing to pay you more. Or start a business. Complaining about my situation never accomplished much for me. Maybe the OWS protestors will magically defy the immutable laws of human nature and commerce. Or maybe not.

      October 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • Moderation and Balace

      @AKSDAD: So that freedom would allow me to freely take your money and you would have no problem with that. I would only be excercising by innovative entreprenuerial skills by doing so, as long as they would remove those pesky regulations about outright stealing.

      I worked constantly, productively, for 38 years in a high paid profession and was always improving my abilities to remain valuable to my company. The only problem was there were folks from overseas or just out of school who could do the job for dirt cheap. So that's how your hard work often ends up being rewarded in the in the current system. Work hard and get enough raises and benefits till you are easily replaced by someone less skilled, so the company can reduce expenses. Its a spiral downwards for almost everyone, but the well connected; and you usually don't have enough time in the work world today to be well connected cause your too busy working overtime to keep your job.

      Maybe your just not old enough or maybe you are well connected enough that you haven't had to experience this yet. Your time will be coming soon and then you will wonder like many of us, what did I do to deserve this. Perhaps you are better off not knowing this though. Just close your eyes again and ignorantly believe every one suffering deserves it, until it hits you. At least you'll continue feeling okay until then.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:57 am |
  4. aksdad

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but St. Paul's is not public property. It belongs to the Church of England. I don't know what England's laws about public assembly are, but in the U.S. you can't do it legally on someone's private property, except at the owner's discretion. I suppose that even the most sympathetic people would eventually tire of a weeks-long 24-hour occupation of their property by the screeching unwashed. Why not protest in Hyde Park? Oh, it's warmer inside St. Pauls. Convenient. Too bad for the tourists who just want to enjoy one London's most iconic landmarks minus the company of rabid hordes.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      aksdad, why do you call them "rabid". I don't understand.

      October 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • aksdad

      @Father O'Blivion, have you watched video, seen pictures or heard the din or any of the strange "demands"? They're behaving like feral animals. There's a difference between protesting and whatever craziness this is–squatting? domestic invasion?. If their intent is to win sympathy their actions are accomplishing exactly the opposite.

      October 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      Europe has a tradition of "Sanctuary" on church properties for all those who are poor, in need, or even escaping prosecution. It was for that reason that St. Thomas Becket of Canterbury was Martyred; he was offering Sanctuary to a known criminal in his church. Look throughout literature, and you will find the concept that Church means Sanctuary. What does the character Quasi Moto yell when he arrives at the church? Only in the U.S.A. does Church mean "private property" without any need to give back to society. The churches in Europe were not taxed BECAUSE they offered Sanctuary; they were considered holy ground, which also meant a zone of truce. If St. Pauls is now going to change that age-old tradition, it would be too bad.

      October 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      My son, did you call people animals?

      October 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  5. jasper

    CNN no longer reports news stories, they are almost a FOX faux affiliate, grinding and churning right wing sentiment

    October 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      You are comparing FOX to CNN? Really? Really? Someone get me my bucket! I can't find my bucket!

      October 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Religizz

      Why did CNN find the need to describe the protests as 'anti-capitalist' in the very first paragraph? Did somebody say they were anti-capitalist? Just FOX...maybe Erin Burnett's husband the Citigroup executive.

      October 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • G-D

      Get you a bucket,,,, your bucket,,,,,, just where did you put your bucket,,,?

      A new bucket with a six-pack of bottles surrounded by ice will cost you $10.oo,,,, A handle is extra,,,,, 🙂 😐 😦

      October 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • studdmuffins

      Dolt.

      October 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      Hey I would live to keep kissin' and huggin' but I gotta go eat. SUSHI NIGHT!!!!

      October 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  6. Carole Clarke

    It seems to be less about protecting freedom of speech and more about who's on the receiving end of a redistribution of the wealth. For one percent of the population to hold more than a third of the wealth, you have a recipe for revolution such as they had in France under Madame La Guillotine. But the people who want to take away that wealth are the very people who have done nothing to earn it – also not fair. The politicians are waiting for the next shoe to drop to show which way they should jump as we head towards the 2012 elections. The Occpuyers are also very naive about how the real world works. It does not run on the milk of human kindness and never has. Business is sitting on its investible dollars until they see alot more stability in the market and from Wall St. Gvt is hiding its cards until they see more capital being invested. This is a catch-22 and if it keeps up there may be real violence. The Occupuyers are trashing their own cause by creating fear and instability in the streets, which is another side to the catch-22. Someone has got to take hold of the situation and MAKE some sense out of it. You better hope its not the military, like the 82nd Airborne patrolling some suddenly quiet streets as they did in D.C. when the Viet Nam War protests got out of hand.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      Carole Clarke said,” But the people who want to take away that wealth are the very people who have done nothing to earn it "

      I need to clear my throat for this one, hmm hmm.....

      Are you saying the middle class has done nothing to earn a moderate to well-heeled life-style? The middle class, those that do ALL the heavy lifting around the world, those that are swindled by white collar criminals, republicans, banks, religious leaders and politicians? The middle class that can't even afford a home any more, much less put their children through college, but who allow their children to die on the battle ground fighting for "so-called" freedom? The middle class that gets kicked in the teeth time and time again only to get up and keep the world moving forward due to THEIR hard work and ethics? Are those the people that don't deserve it? Fuk you.

      October 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      Oh my, bless me, did I say that? Perhaps HP needs to pour me a shot!

      October 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @Father O'Blivion How many members of the middle class have taken an extended vacation to join these protests?

      And maybe, just maybe, if the oh so enlightened and compassionate left hadn't spent 150 or so years deriding the middle class as the bourgeoisie and making them out to be in some ways worse than the most connected of upper crust plutocrats, MAYBE the whole liberal to far left end of the spectrum wouldn't have pursued policies that have been anything but helpful to the middle class. Water under the bridge now, but hearing the left attack the upper crust by pretending to be the bourgeoisie's best buddies is vomit inducing.

      October 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      No, the people who are protesting are young and strong enough to do so, but they represent those who have earned it, and many of the protesters are also wage earners. And no, it isn't about distribution of wealth, it is about fair trade laws in the stock exchanges; put back the laws that were around before the 1980s that regulated the markets and kept them honest. And yes, tax those who can afford it, not to "redistribute," but so that needed projects can be done. Money that sits in a vault is worth nothing, because money only has value when it is exchanged. Try to eat gold some time: it will just kill your kidneys. You need trade to make it work; at some point the rich will wake up and realize that their fortune is worth nothing, even if there is no redistribution.

      October 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @Elizabeth Taxing wealthy people more so that "projects can get done" IS redistribution. It may not direct redistribution in the same way that taxing some people and using the money to write checks to others would be, but MOST redistribution has always been at least somewhat indirect. There is nothing per se evil about redistribution, but it helps to know exactly what some of these "projects" are before one can declare them economically productive.

      The protestors represent only their own views. A lot of others agree that much is wrong with how things are and may even agree with some specifics of what the protestors are asking for, but not all.

      Your nostalgia for the 1980s of Reagan and Thatcher and "greed is good" is more than a little ironic

      October 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  7. Ilene

    They are NOT anti capitalist!!! They are anti corporate greed and fraud. Please, CNN, at least get the story straight. And Kudos to Chancellor Fraser.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      Please forgive me my daughter, but where does the article state that they are Anti-Capitalist (and with a hyphen deary)?

      October 27, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      @Ilene
      And just be clear deary, don't quote me the first sentence. "apparently over concerns that it planned to evict anti-capitalist protesters camped outside."

      "Apparently", by definition, means they don't know why.

      October 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Cedar rapids

      In the first paragraph where it says: 'planned to evict anti-capitalist protesters camped outside.'

      October 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      Anybody with any sort of religious background knows that to feed the poor is one of the obligations of any Christian. I would hope that any church or religious order has those who distribute alms, or is that just too passe now?

      October 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  8. Muneef

    And your god is one God. There is no deity [worthy of worship] except Him, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. 2:163

    Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation of the night and the day, and the [great] ships which sail through the sea with that which benefits people, and what Allah has sent down from the heavens of rain, giving life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness and dispersing therein every [kind of] moving creature, and [His] directing of the winds and the clouds controlled between the heaven and the earth are signs for a people who use reason. 2:164

    ----–

    It is Allah who has created seven heavens and of the earth, the like of them. [His] command descends among them so you may know that Allah is over all things competent and that Allah has encompassed all things in knowledge. 65:12
    -----
    Our Lord, indeed we have heard a caller calling to faith, [saying], 'Believe in your Lord,' and we have believed. Our Lord, so forgive us our sins and remove from us our misdeeds and cause us to die with the righteous. 3:193

    Our Lord, and grant us what You promised us through Your messengers and do not disgrace us on the Day of Resurrection. Indeed, You do not fail in [Your] promise." 3:194

    -----

    And Noah said, "My Lord, do not leave upon the earth from among the disbelievers an inhabitant. 71:26

    Indeed, if You leave them, they will mislead Your servants and not beget except [every] wicked one and [confirmed] disbeliever. 71:27

    My Lord, forgive me and my parents and whoever enters my house a believer and the believing men and believing women. And do not increase the wrongdoers except in destruction." 71:28

    October 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      Muneef, I know most people ignore you but can I just say that you take up WAY to much room with your copy and paste cr-ap. Can you find another hobby? Pretty please? No one reads your posts, it is pointless and sad.

      October 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      Father O'Blivion is just trying to stir up trouble; and no respectful Priest would have such a name.
      The only point he may have is that short posts are easier to read when there are so many letters.

      October 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  9. tesor

    Why do they call the occupy group as anti-capitalist protesters? Just because some of believe in "People over Profits" doesn't me we don't support capitalist system.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  10. Qtips

    Boris: "In the name of God and Mammon"!!!

    An incongruous pairing, since the Bible tells us we cannot "serve God and Mammon". But London wants not her hidden lustre: gems and gold, wherewith to raise magnificence–and what can Heaven show more?

    October 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  11. government cheese

    I am going to quit to protest unemployment. LOL

    October 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  12. Colin

    Anything that shutters a church, albeit briefly, is welcome.

    October 27, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Hmmm ..... They just had a wedding there the other day, so it looks like things are still a bit ok Colin.

      But, they are closing a little city corner church in town for a bit while they build their larger building.

      I hope that helps you a bit :).

      October 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
    • Colin

      Hmmmm, read the article Mark

      "Canon Chancellor Giles Fraser had been supportive of the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest camp, the presence of which led the cathedral to close its doors last week for the first time in decades."

      October 27, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • George

      Really .... people that provide food and clean up the city when no one else will? You welcome that?

      October 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Dear Colin, please read from more than one news media source. If you only go by a solo source than you will think and feel only how they want you to. Check out news reports from the BBC and others so that you can make informed views. Heck, I am a FoxNews guy but I still check other sources.

      October 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15416683

      October 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • Craig

      Mark from Middle RIver:
      Sorry you CAN NOT call yourself a fox news guy AND check other news sources.
      It just does NOT happen

      October 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  13. Father O'Blivion

    Here's to you. A toast to your wisdom, clever drink buyer – you have selected a classic fountain beverage, precisely mixed for maximum refreshment. I'm Lovin' it! Here is to the new world order.

    Amen

    October 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  14. Anglican

    A good and faithful man.

    October 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      And a champion for Gay rights!

      October 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  15. William Demuth

    The times they are a changin!

    October 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      Or something.

      October 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  16. Father O'Blivion

    I am guessing this was not as gut wrenching a decision as they make it sound. The man was born into a Jewish family, received a Christian indoctrination, supports Gays and Lesbians in the church and was probably looking for an excuse to get out and do his own thing. Tidy.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • Dana in Alaska

      Do I have this right, is this the church of London? If yes, then I can understand his views, he's a closet Episcopal.

      October 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      And your real name is? And your real views are? If you are going to character assassinate somebody, then you should not hide yourself.

      October 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  17. hippypoet

    good man!

    October 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Can't you give this person of Faith some credit for at least that? 🙂 October 25, 2011 at 1:46 am

      >>>"good man! October 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      There yah go Poet. 😀

      October 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • hippypoet

      do you remember the last post on our last convo... i did give credit to the good ones... i just feel that there are more bad ones then good ones – we are human and its human nature to be greedy and lustful and bias. no worries thou.

      October 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>”do you remember the last post on our last convo...”

      Ahh.... the last post of our conversation, was actually made by....

      ...me 🙂 Did yah forget?

      quote:
      “We have to stop this type of pre-judging people on the actions of some in the past.” October 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      October 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • hippypoet

      my bad, i meant my last post... no worries. and yes i do forget alot...mainly i just forget the order of things... ever since i did rather did alot of LSD i can't keep time or remember the order of events unless they were marked by something, a reference point for my mind kinda thing... its a work in progress. LOL

      October 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      Crunchy Groove, please tell me you didn't polish off both bottles??? I AM READY TO WORSHIP THE ALMIGHT SON, ER...SUN! Glad he stepped down like a man (LIKE a man) but as to his TRUE motives, none of us REALLY know. None the less, pass the dutchie on the left hand side and gimme your dam tots. I'm freakin' starving!

      October 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Our God Reigns

      hippypoet – You have a rude awakening coming!

      October 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      @Our God
      Hippy Poet is not asleep, he is just walking the dogs.

      October 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • hippypoet

      if you have any information on this so called "rude awakening" i'd like to know about it please... if you know anything about and don't help your fellow man then you are just as rude! evil is everywhere, we must be ever watchful right... i am worring about you baring a false message! afterall the devil comes in all shapes and sizes right? why not you then? IT says we will know the anti christ by the good he does... and you are giving me heads up on some kind of mean wake up call...maybe you are the anti christ!

      October 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      I can think of a number of ways one could receive a rude awakening... Oh my, bless me!

      October 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • hippypoet

      and no i didn't finish the first bottle, i have to run a biz monday thru friday... the weekend is more for that kinda stuff, but i end up awake till like 2-3 in the morning, not from the time it takes me to drink it but because its so damn good it almost wakes me up a little bit... its kinda wierd actually. drunk off my @ss but wide awake – thats when its time to blaze a fatty, sleep comes very fast after that! LOL

      October 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      @hippy
      Don't bogart the chronic by tan friend. Meanwhile I will be fully lathered and dancing in the SUN.

      October 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Father O'blivion, love your handle.

      October 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      Thanks Lis!

      October 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  18. kimsland

    Another pedo steps down
    No reason why, yeah right!

    October 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      You have proof that he is a pedophile?

      October 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Answer

      kimsland sure does – his words are enough. It is based on his highest level of faith that the person is a pedophile.

      Like in religion that doesn't require one to prove anything – kimsland – has his faith set on the man being a pedo. That is the proof. According to religious practices that is all there needs to be said.

      October 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Answer

      Now Mark.. I know your next set of words will be like this:

      "I meant something TANGIBLE! "Physical evidence." – Oh yah!! I forgot you do not like the words TANGIBLE and PHYSICAL EVIDENCE to coincide in a sentence against religion. Well then you can stop asking for proof from kimsland then.

      October 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Answer – The evidence I would seek is the same as when I have relatives declaring that all of white friends are racist Klan members. They like my buddy kimsland are so much against some group that they are willing to stereotype a entire group.

      The lawyers on the sides of the victims of abuse have stated that they estimate that their figures are between .5% to as high as 6 % of Catholic priest are suspected. For folks that have a dislike for the Catholic church or all faiths and religions, that is enough to label the every priest as such. The same as my uncles who witnessed Klan marches back in the day so to them every white man is a racist.

      It is silly when we were taught to not pre-judge people in society that some on all sides still do so to this day.

      October 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Edward R Murrow

      @kimsland: It's pretty spineless to anonymously make that sort of grave accusation on the internet. You're showing your true colors.

      October 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  19. fernace

    Glad to see this man standing up for what he believes! For the record OWS are not anti-capitalists, we are anti Big Biz monopoly on financial systems underwritten by governments! The Giants have all the $$ which leaves not much for the rest of us to function on! They are not hiring, not paying a living wage when they do, & generally behave as though they do us a favor by allowing us to buy their products! That is not democracy, but plutocracy & we just want to even the playing field! It's a world wide problem, not just an American economical problem!!

    October 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      But it IS our biggest export!

      October 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  20. AGuest9

    I may not share his beliefs (or, that of many of the "Occupy" participants, for that matter), but I can appreciate a person standing behind his/her convictions.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • Father O'Blivion

      @aguest
      Fuk'n A. Oh my, bless me! what have I said....

      October 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
1 2 3 4
Advertisement
About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.