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Religious values at work in Occupy Boston

You may not know much about religion, but fundamental religious values are at work in the Occupy Wall Street movement. I was at Occupy Boston over the Thanksgiving weekend, and it jumped out at me. The marks of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all over this movement, along with those of Hinduism and Buddhism. The site radiates religious history - if you know how to look.

First, you can't miss Gandhi. The Occupy site in Boston, at Dewey Square across from South Station, prominently displays a grand, nine-foot statue of Gandhi, on loan from the Peace Abbey, a Quaker conference center in Sherborn, Massachusetts. Someone hung a sign from it reading, "The world holds enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed."


Religion not only provides support and sustenance for the movement, it also provides a literal impetus from sacred scripture. To denounce greed is to invoke, perhaps unknowingly, the injunctions of the Hebrew prophets against the powers of state and commerce in their time, between the eighth and sixth centuries B.C.E.


Jesus, himself well-versed in the prophets' message, levied harsh judgments on the rich. One clever Occupy sign read, "Obama is not a brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives away free health care — you're thinking of Jesus."

Income disparity is not just about equality — it's about justice. And economic justice is a religious value.



Please go HERE to read the rest of this inspiring article...

And, from The Urantia Book;

See our topical study on ECONOMICS

And, read Jesus' advice to the rich man


140:8.15 4. Economic attitude. Jesus worked, lived, and traded in the world as he found it. He was not an economic reformer, although he did frequently call attention to the injustice of the unequal distribution of wealth. But he did not offer any suggestions by way of remedy. He made it plain to the three that, while his apostles were not to hold property, he was not preaching against wealth and property, merely its unequal and unfair distribution. He recognized the need for social justice and industrial fairness, but he offered no rules for their attainment.

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