Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The U.S. Budget and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

In her latest weekly mailing Think About It - Pray About It- Act on It, Sister Jane Remson, director of Bread for the World New Orleans, urged folks on her list to consider the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its relationship to our government's decisions on the budget.   
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of oneself and one’s family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond one’s control. Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed by the U.S. on December 10, 1948.
There is no congressional district in the U.S. that is free from hunger, homelessness, unemployment, in need of medical care, etc. Does our nation’s budget honor the commitment it signed in 1948? A commitment the U.S. demands other signing nations honor. When Congress votes on our nation’s budget it must do so in light of the common good for all citizens and not in favor of a select few.

“Let each of you look not only to one’s own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4) .

Let your members of Congress know our nation’s budget reflects our nation’s moral character. Vote NO on the Ryan Budget or any of its parts..

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