For @POTUS & @VP to stand in the Rose Garden for #NationalDayOfPrayer while promoting policies that hurt the least of these is height of hypocrisy. For some clergy to stand there & endorse this is a sham. 1/
You can't lift the name of MLK while promoting systemic racism. You can't talk about the church's charity while denying the government's responsibility to the poor. You can't trumpet religious freedom when your party just fired a chaplain for praying. 2/
You can't ignore attacks on immigrants, children, & the sick for a photo op in the Rose Garden. This is what Jesus called “ignoring the weightier matters of the law” (Mt 23:23). 3/
The prophet Ezekiel decries such theological malpractice: “Your priests violated my law and desecrated my holy things. They can’t tell the difference between sacred and secular. 4/
They tell people there’s no difference between right & wrong. They’re contemptuous of my holy Sabbaths, profaning me by trying to pull me down to their level. Your politicians are like wolves prowling and killing and rapaciously taking whatever they want. 5/
Your preachers cover up for the politicians by pretending to have received visions & special revelations. They say, “This is what God, the Master, says . . .” when God hasn’t said so much as one word. 6/
Extortion is rife, robbery is epidemic, the poor and needy are abused, outsiders are kicked around at will, with no access to justice.” Ez 22

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