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ThinkProgress traveled to Liberty University, one of the most conservative Christian universities in the country, earlier this week to cover a speech by Texas Governor Rick Perry. Following Perry’s speech, we asked students to comment on the shocking moment during this week’s GOP presidential debate when the Tea Party crowd cheered for the death of an uninsured man. Check out the video from ThinkProgress’ Scott Keyes:Vodpod videos no longer available.
Here’s the transcript:
KEYES: In the debate on Monday, there was the question of whether or not a 30 year old who doesn’t have health insurance and gets in a major accident, we ought to just let him die or we ought to provide care for him. What do you think would be the Christian thing to do?STUDENT 1: Definitely to give him care, no matter what your age is.
KEYES: What do you think the Christian thing to do there is?
STUDENT 2: If he didn’t have health insurance?
STUDENT 2: I would say take care of him.
KEYES: Do you think it’s un-Christian to be letting uninsured people die? What would you do?
STUDENT 3: Why would someone let anyone die just because they can’t pay for something? That’s the thing I don’t understand. Me and my family, we’re financially impaired right now, we’re in a shelter. We have insurance and all that, but at the same time for those who don’t have insurance, what’s the point of killing someone, taking a life, just because they can’t pay for something? It’s like going to a hospital, charging millions of dollars to have an operation to save someone’s life, they can’t pay for it, okay so we’ve got to kill them? We can’t save a life because they can’t pay for it? That doesn’t make any sense to me, I don’t understand.
KEYES: Do you think that’s a Christian thing to let an uninsured person die?
STUDENT 4: Absolutely not. I don’t see how that’s Christian in any way. I mean “Christian.” I think everyone has the right to life, including I don’t agree with capital punishment, I think that those people also have a right to life.
KEYES: What do you think the Christian thing to do there would be?
STUDENT 5: I believe provide care for him. I believe we should provide some care for him.
KEYES: What do you think, do you think that it would be Christian to let uninsured people die?
STUDENT 6: I don’t think it is. I think that they should work towards making sure that people no matter what should live.
STUDENT 3: I bet if Jesus came back right now, all them politicians, all them doctors who had to do something like that would probably give their life to Christ because they felt so bad about themselves. Because they knew that they took a life just because someone couldn’t pay for it.
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Fifty-one Congressional members have spoken out against the pending execution of Troy Davis next week, who is sentenced to death despite substantial doubt about the evidence.
Groups fire back at House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) claim that homosexuality is a choice as a reason for supporting the “Defense of Marriage Act.”
For the past decade, Congress has had no problem spending over $120 billion to rebuild schools, roads, bridges and other essential infrastructure in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, America’s infrastructure is crumbling and millions of people are out of work. All the Republican leaders in Congress voted to approve massive amounts of funding to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan without a penny in offsets. But now they are opposing President Obama’s proposal to rebuild America even though it’s fully paid for. Contact your member today and demand we invest at least as much in our own communities as we did in Iraq and Afghanistan. Click here to contact your member of Congress.
John Boehner Said Just The Right Thing
John Boehner said just the right thing last night citing again his early résumé, stating he has just the right job experience to do the job of Speaker of the House as reported on NPR’s Morning Edition, repeating what was reported in CQ Politics on September 20, 2010 as reposted on Yahoo News:
“Listen, I grew up in a family of 12, my dad owned a bar and, as I like to say, all of the training that I need for my job, I learned growing up. … You grow up in a big family, you have to learn to get along with each other, you have to learn to get things done together, you need to work as a family.”
What is missing from this is that most of the service industry of this country does not work for their father, they have no union, they have no health insurance, they have no childcare, and they have to work when they are sick because they have no sick days even though it is a public health hazard. They also know that if they wish to get tips that the customer is always right, and they must suck it up and smile no matter what kind of jerk they have to deal with. They must ask and remember exactly what the customer wants and never assume anything other than, for all their hard work, that most of the time they will be poorly rewarded.
If this was the future Speaker’s experience as a young man, then we can expect his Republican counterparts will not be happy with him. When you are exposed to the real world in this way, your first thought as a disadvantaged young man is not that while chasing that American dream you will need to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. Rather, your first thought is that you never do it alone and you are thankful for all the help you get along the way. Somehow I don’t think this will be the way he sees it, but we can hope.
Discipline and hard work can only take you so far. Only talent, resources and opportunity can take you the rest of the way. Only those that were well insulated and protected from the rest of the world can come to believe they did it on their own. This does breed a certain self confidence, self satisfaction and a healthy sense of responsibility for oneself, but not a clear view of our responsibility to the rest of the world or a clear sense that not everyone is as fortunate as ourselves. Again, let us hope that the future Speaker is talking about real world experience when he remembers his early résumé, because this will be the only thing that can reign in the tea party horse he rode in on.
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|November 9 – November 15|
Discrimination at Death; Avoiding the Death Penalty; The Church vs. the Homeless
The U.S. marked Veterans Day this week, and soon a total of more than 1.8 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan will be back home.
Though many of these brave men and women will have returned to eager families and with awards for their service, many of them will also come back bearing the scars of war, including both physical injuries and psychological trauma. Ensuring that these soldiers have a healthy homecoming is a responsibility all of us share.
Retired U.S. Army Captain and Iraq War veteran Scott Quilty writes on Change.org this week that, remarkably, there’s been no national effort to fully reintegrate these veterans into our communities. The consequences – veteran unemployment, substance abuse, domestic violence, and higher-than-ever suicide rates – are hurting us all. For many veterans, the homecoming process doesn’t last a day, or even a week. It can sometimes last a lifetime.
Captain Quilty should know. Three years ago he stepped on a roadside bomb in Iraq’s “triangle of death,” losing an arm and a leg. Today, he’s become a tireless campaigner for the first national plan that details the steps we can take to improve the homecoming process for millions of veterans.
To learn more about Captain Quilty’s story and join the good work he and others are doing through The Campaign for Healthy Homecoming, click here.
For more news and commentary on the world of change, see this week’s top stories from your favorite causes below.
We hope you had a great weekend,
– The Change.org Team