Nuns On The Bus & the Faithful Budget
Hey boys and girls, been a while. I'll jump right into it.
So, unless you've lived under a fucking rock for the past several months, you already know these ladies:
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You can check them out here too: http://www.nunsonthebusohio.com/
Now I know I've many other activist groups to talk about and support, but I am interested in this particular one tonight. They came together across faith communities and made a serious proposal for a budget (check it out here: http://faithfulbudget.org/files/2012/03/Priorities-for-a-Faithful-Budget1.pdf) and are campaigning for it like there's no tomorrow. Read the first page of it and it will be clear to you what it's about: focus on poverty and fairness and more influence by the people on the budget.
Now, my question for you people here is not whether you would support something like this; it is not relevant and they are kicking some serious ass on their own. My question is also not about the direction they are taking, so the hard-line libertarians who dream about ultimate freedom - I heard the arguments, I love you all, but stick to answering the question or fuck off.
My question is primarily for those of us who believe that regulation is a fact, not a choice and that we have to fight for influence on the budget that frames our lives, unless we want it spent on creating the world's largest prison state with torture and mass murder as its main exports. So, for the reality-bound crew:
Are these people worthy AND equal potential political allies, despite, or even BECAUSE, of their (inter)faith background?
I will kick the discussion off with a few simple observations. First, I probably disagree with these people on a ton of issues. Second, reading their budget proposal, if I just replace "Faith" with "Common Sense", I agree with them point for point. Third, these people are good first and religious second (rationally religious, if you will) and have a unity and strength of appeal we can't produce with scientific discourse today, and even if we could, I would welcome them as equal ally in any fight for serious change.
Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.