Downtown This Morning, A Good Friday Walk In Support of Moral Spending

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Photos by Patrick Michels
Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance members stroll across Main Street Garden this morning.
If you were out downtown this morning, you might've spotted that crowd in the photo above, marching down Main carrying a cross and signs. Every now and then, they stopped to catch attention from construction workers and dog-walkers, and to preach about something they said has been missing from any and all budget-slashing debates: morals.

It was the Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance's sixth annual Good Friday Walk, and about 40 members of the group turned up for an especially poignant one this year, with so many social services facing the axe in Washington, Austin and in our own City Hall.

"The hope of Easter, of course, is that God does God's best work creating out of chaos," Cathedral of Hope Senior Pastor Jo Hudson told the crowd during a stop at Main Street Garden. "God does God's best work in graveyards." She said it's time for people in power to start evening out our ever-widening wealth gap, and time for religious groups to quit spending big and picking fights. "We can't any longer demonize individuals or political groups," she said.

While they marched from First Presbyterian Church of Dallas to 511 Akard -- dangerously close to the future home of the Bellagio-style First Baptist fountain -- the group carried signs with slogans like, "Serve People Not Corporations," and "Military $$ vs human need."

"We're marching to call our leaders in government to recognize that budgets are moral documents," Hudson told Unfair Park along the way, to tell lawmakers that "cutting programs for the elderly, the poor, the disabled and children are immoral."

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Pastor Jo Hudson speaks to the crowd at Main Street Gardens.
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Move to Detroit you laughably naive white Pollyanna kumbaya libtards! Oh whoops I forgot that it is not polite to mention that the Naive White Libtard Hypocrite Archetype/Vicious Parody Jim Schutze already fled Detroit for "whatever reason".

You libtards are hilarious
You libtards are hilarious

The really really really REALLY SAD THING is that they imagined that they were actually accomplishing something.

Move to Detroit libtards
Move to Detroit libtards

LOL look at all those stereotypical pollyanna kumbaya namby-pamby naive white "progressive" WHITE libtard pantywaist ninny dogooders! Stuff white people like!!!!

PreachersSecrets
PreachersSecrets

Pastress Jeffress is not good for an international city like Dallas. Just ask Wichita Falls.They are glad he left! He wants his own Oral Roberts University in downtown. No doubt church member Mayor Leppert made this his final deed before resigning. I see Jim Baker happening all over again - but in Dallas. Then we - the citizens - will be stuck with a ghost town - like Heritage USA. Arggg.

abuckley1970
abuckley1970

we needed a group of people to inform us the government is immoral? morality, much like ethics, cannot be rationally defined and certainly can't be translated into some monetary value.

The church is calling out to the government. uh..separation of church and state? and besides, wasn't it the responsibility of the churches to aid those less fortunate before the advent of social welfare? I'm all for assistance for those in need but the lazy way for us to work towards the common good has been to pay taxes and let the government do it. When the government makes noises that it's going to stop, the rest of us are like "oh shit, we've got to do something."

I wonder how many in the photos in the article have performed any kind of social/community work lately.

Holy Sheets
Holy Sheets

what a suprise.about 25 white people over 40.

Hannibal_Lecter
Hannibal_Lecter

I am aghast that the government would prevent these folks from spending their own money on projects to help others!

Oh, wait, you mean they want the government to take money from other people by force and spend it on their chosen projects?

And they call themselves moral?

ll
ll

oh, golly -- taking my money and spending it on immoral wars -- and you call yourself moral.

There is such a thing as the common good -- we are all in this together. I think too many forget that. I also have trouble understanding where the concept comes from that one can just grab as much as possible by whatever means and owe nothing to the common good.

Hannibal_Lecter
Hannibal_Lecter

Pretty funny assumption you're making there. Do much stereotyping? Oh, I'm sorry -- only old white people stereotype. You would never do that.

(FWIW, I was against the Iraq invasion from Day 1, think that Eisenhower was spot on with his warning about the military-industrial complex, and believe that we would be a lot safer if the defense budget were halved -- at least).

So tell me what it is that these people are advocating that is truly a common good. Infrastructure is a common good. The environment is a common good. True national defense (not what we have today) is a common good. "Evening out our ever-widening wealth gap" is not a common good. By definition, "programs for the elderly, the poor, the disabled and children" are not a common good.

G_David
G_David

Please just ignore Hannibal. At some point he'll realize nobody is listening and go away.

ll
ll

"Evening out our ever-widening wealth gap" is not a common good. By definition, "programs for the elderly, the poor, the disabled and children" are not a common good."

By whose definition?

Assuring that people have at least a minimal food and shelter is essential to having a functioining society. If we don't educate, we will imprison. As a society we pay, one way or the other -- I just like the idea of the humane, cheaper way.

And often in history, the immense income disparity comes just before collapse.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Why do I get the feeling that nary a one of Pastress Jeffress' flock was in attendance?

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