Christians for Economic Justice

Previously called Christianity Uncut

Christians join marches for alternatives to government cuts

The following news release was issued today (21.10.12):

Christians join marches for alternatives to government cuts

Christianity Uncut have urged ministers not to “punish the poor for the sins of the rich”. They joined with thousands of people of many religions and none to march in London, Belfast and Glasgow yesterday (20 October) for “A Future That Works”.

Supporters of Christianity Uncut were present at all three marches. The group received messages from many Christians who were unable to join the marches in person but offered their support and prayers.

Christianity Uncut said that many churches are witnessing the effects of growing poverty, unemployment and homelessness in their own communities. They urged Christians to be at the forefront of campaigns for alternatives, such as a crackdown on corporate tax dodging, the cancellation of the Trident nuclear weapons system and a cap on private sector rents.

Sally Rush, who travelled from Milton Keynes to join the march in London, said:

As a Christian, as well as part of wider society, I believe I have a responsibility to campaign against the causes of poverty as well as working to minimise the effects. For me regularly praying “your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven” means I have to actively engage in seeking that kingdom. That’s why I’m marching.”

ENDS

 

Notes to editors

  1. Christianity Uncut is an informal network of Christians campaigning against the UK government’s cuts agenda and the injustices of capitalism. We are inspired by the example of Jesus, who took nonviolent direct action in the Jerusalem Temple, in solidarity with people who are poor, exploited and marginalised. 
  2. Christianity Uncut is committed to active nonviolence in all its work, rejecting both violence and passivity. Christianity Uncut is committed to campaigning alongside people of other religions and of none and to love and respect for its opponents. Christianity Uncut rejects verbal abuse and personal hatred.
  3. The marches for “A Future That Works” were organised by the Trades Union Congress with the support of a range of trades unions and civil society organisations.
  4. Photographs of Christianity Uncut supporters marching yesterday are available on request.
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2 thoughts on “Christians join marches for alternatives to government cuts

  1. Pingback: Church Peace » Does the Church Understand Protest?

  2. “Jesus, who took nonviolent direct action in the Jerusalem Temple, in solidarity with people who are poor, exploited and marginalised.”
    It was his Fathers house so taking a rope in his hand he cleared it but offered no resistance when later arrested. He was very firm in words and deeds when it came to corruption within, (non-pacifistic), but freely give up his life for something else (lamb to the slaughter), and wisdom is knowing when to follow each example.

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