Faith Leaders Call for an End to the Fiscal Cliff Crisis

Faith leaders gathered for the 14th National Religious Leaders Summit in Atlanta this week and among the issues they discussed were the looming '"fiscal cliff" and possible impact it will have on families across the country.  The following letter was addressed to members of both houses of Congress and President Obama: 

As National Faith Leaders from across the nation, and as heads of diverse denominations and organizations, we join with the NAACP in calling for the resolution of the “Fiscal Cliff” crisis as expeditiously as possible.  In doing so, we must assure that the common good of our nation is protected, and the needs of the poor and most vulnerable of our nation are met.

Towards that end, we must insure that we maintain a compassionate tax system that is fair and equitable.  We urge you to, first, remember all the people of this nation.  We call on you to focus upon the task at hand.  Given the potential dangers, America must use this crisis as an opportunity to focus on job stability and reject any actions that would cost jobs, reduce benefits for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid or damage our nation’s safety net.  We oppose any extension of the Bush tax cuts for the richest two (2) percent of Americans.  We must work toward a fair and equitable sharing of responsibility for the resolution of this economic crisis.

Again, we hope that you will do all you can to see that the Congress and the Administration work together to resolve this critical crisis.  We encourage you to reach out to our colleagues, the faith leaders of your community.  They see, every day, in the faces of the people in the pews, the real impact of America’s economic problems--just as they hear the cry of the people for the support of our government.

Thank you for considering our request.

Sincerely,

Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism 
Rev. Patricia Maples, President, National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Bishop Dennis Proctor, President of the Bishop’s Council, AME Zion Church
Dr. Stephen Thurston, President, National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.
Dr. Carroll Baltimore, President, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
Elder Bernard C. Yates, President, Primitive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
Mr. James Salley, Board of Directors, Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR)
Dr. Charles Mock, Executive Secretary, Home Mission Board, National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.