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Religious Leaders Launch ‘Moral Movement Mississippi’

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 21 Aug 2014 05:20pm | comments
A group of Mississippi religious leaders is launching what they call the 'Moral Movement Mississippi'. Their goal is to pressure state leaders to support a more liberal governing agenda.
 
Improving voting rights, better funding for public schools, and expanding the medicaid program top the issues for the leaders of the Moral Movement Mississippi. 
 
The group, made up of more liberal religious leaders, say they are modeling their effort on a similar push in North Carolina that was a response to a perceived attack on voting rights. 
 
Organizer Reverend Jim Carstensen says leaders in the state need to make the poor, minorities, and disenfranchised a higher priority.
 
"I think it is incumbent upon those of us who belong to the religious community to address some of these moral issue. And hence we are called a Moral Movement Mississippi," Carstensen said.
 
About two dozen Christian religious leaders announced the movement at the capitol in Jackson yesterday.
 
Methodist minister Bruce Case told the small crowd that it is time shift how Mississippi sets its priorities.
 
"If I ignore these teachings about the poor, I am guilty of denying the very gospel message that I attempt to preach every Sunday. If it is not good news for the poor, it is not good new," Case said.
 
Republicans who run the state legislature and hold the Governor's office have a different approach to improve the state.
 
They say the best option for the poor is to improve its economic outlook with lower taxes and a more welcoming business environment. 

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