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Evangelicals Issue Warning on Budget Cuts


Cutting the deficit without sacrificing the needy is a moral imperative, several prominent evangelicals stressed Thursday in a push-back against debate over taking government budget cuts out of humanitarian aid.

"From a fiscal perspective, cuts in global health programs are insignificant; from a moral and humanitarian perspective, they would be tragic," said Michael Gerson, former speechwriter for President George Bush and current Washington Post columnist.

Ron Sider, founder of Evangelicals for Social Action, and Gideon Strauss, President of The Center for Public Justice, announced on a conference call March 3 that they, along with other faith leaders including Florida megachurch pastor Joel Hunter and Jim Wallis of Sojourners, have signed a document entitled "Christian Proposal on the American Debt Crisis."

The proposal, available at EvangelicalsforSocialAction.org and The Center for Public Justice, is a response to the "double moral challenge," in Strauss' words, to both reduce the debt ...

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