Mostly these days we see the political branch of religion focusing on anti abortion and anti gay government laws. Today something different is afoot. On board are Catholics and Protestants, right and left.
Yesterday I mentioned the press’ desire to focus on emotion. While this is not all bad, I do get a bit cynical when I see full-screen close ups and long takes on TV of people crying. It’s as if reporters get bonus’ for tears.
Clashes of moral principles, which usually involve emotions, are also big with media. This story involving church officials seems to me an early indication of the kind of media coverage coming over federal budget cuts. Church officials stressed, in their letter to Congress, the moral principles of taking care of the poor.
My prediction is the argument these religious officials make, Congress should fund programs for the poor, will get more more and better coverage than the moral argument the Republican majority is making.
The moral argument Republicans are making is debt will be passed onto future generations, it hurts the economy and is creeping socialism. While these Republican arguments have been competitive in the recent past, I think I’m correct in saying they have never been confronted with these circumstances.
If budget sequestration shortfalls in assistance to the poor becomes a moral/religious issue, it will be fascinating politics to watch. Especially interesting will be to see how it affects the standing of the Republican Party with Christian politics.