Catholic Leaders To Newt And Rick: Stop Perpetuating Ugly Racial Poverty Stereotypes
More than 40 Catholic leaders are calling on two Catholics in the presidential race to stop using racial stereotypes in their messages about poverty. They’ve written an open letter from Francis X. Doyle, retired Associate General Secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Some presidential candidates now courting “values voters” seem to have forgotten that defending human life and dignity does not stop with protecting the unborn. We remind Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Santorum that Catholic bishops describe racism as an “intrinsic evil” and consistently defend vital government programs such as food stamps and unemployment benefits that help struggling Americans. At a time when nearly 1 in 6 Americans live in poverty, charities and the free market alone can’t address the urgent needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. And while jobseekers outnumber job openings 4-to-1, suggesting that the unemployed would rather collect benefits than work is misleading and insulting.
As the South Carolina primary approaches, we urge Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Santorum and all presidential candidates to reject the politics of racial division, refrain from offensive rhetoric and unite behind an agenda that promotes racial and economic justice.Click here for reuse options!
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