ESA: Torture, guns, poverty, climate change

by M. Pulliam

In an email update, Evangelicals for Social Action quotes the director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture who is disappointed in the Senate Republicans’ decision to stop investigating the use of torture.

As federal FY 2010 begins, ESA encourages people to be prayerful about justice for the poor and asks individuals to take action by writing to their elected leaders and expressing their concern for those in poverty.

ESA says the church should stand in solidarity with those in need of a second chances, specifically the formerly incarcerated. They support the Prison Re-entry Initiative and the Second Chance Act of 2007.

Regarding climate change, ESA applauds Obama’s climate change speech, notes the report about the six different types of Americans, and calls for people to be educated and committed in battling misinformation.

ESA reports on civil disobedience acts in Philadelphia where faith leaders collaborated to shut down a gun shop that had been linked to many violent crimes.

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ESA updates

by M. Pulliam

ESA says focusing on solving child poverty is the way to go for tackling other issues.

“Establishing common ground on the issue of child poverty is a potential toehold for progress on other policy areas. The goal of protecting children can simplify the questions of who is ‘deserving’ and who is ‘entitled’ that cloud other areas of welfare policy.”

Evangelicals for Social Action also applaud a global warming skeptic for apologizing for over-the-top accusations against creation care advocates.

Sojourners’ updates: Global turmoil

by M. Pulliam

Sojourner’s looks at the charge set forth for this week’s G-20 summit where the global economic crisis will be the topic of conversation. It seems that the G-20 is already falling short on their financial promises, however.

“Of all the money promised by the G-20 to help fight the crisis, only $50 billion, or 5 percent, will end up going to the 78 most vulnerable countries. A little perspective: It cost U.S. taxpayers $283 billion to bail out the top 20 ‘too big to fail’ Wall St. companies. What makes world leaders think the developing world isn’t also too big to fail?”

A desperate cry for prayer surfaces as ousted Honduran President Zelaya returns to the country. Uncertainty is rampant as protests and curfews and potential political violence ensue.

Amid waves of increased political violence, Colombia’s churches call for help.

Lubna Hussein is applauded for standing in opposition to injustices against her and other women in Sudan.

NAE try to set the agenda at G20 summit

by M. Pulliam

The National Association of Evangelicals joins other religious communities demanding that world leaders give urgent attention to the needs of the poor and the hungry at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Sept. 24-25.