Category: Articles

Health care bill is a literal death sentence for many poor people

Religion News Service
By Liz Theoharis
May 5, 2017

NEW YORK (RNS) If the sweeping new health care bill approved by the House passes the Senate next month, it will mean a literal death sentence for many poor people so that a few wealthy elites can acquire more and more.

Indeed, the bill cuts about a trillion dollars in funding for health care while reducing taxes for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans by about the same amount.

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God Hates Poverty

Eerdword: the Eerdmans blog
April 26, 2017

For over twenty years, on nearly a weekly basis, I have heard people quote Matthew 26:11, “the poor will be with you always,” to blame the poor for their poverty, to justify inaction in the face of growing poverty and misery, and to claim that if God wanted to end poverty, He would do so. This passage led me to seminary and biblical scholarship and eventually to write a book: Always With Us?: What Jesus Really Said About the Poor.

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The poor we will always have with us?

The Christian Century
by Liz Theoharis
April 17, 2017

A full understanding of what Jesus meant by “the poor you will always have with you” (Matt. 26:11) requires familiarity with Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy is the Old Testament book most cited in the New Testament. It is the bridge that connects covenantal law, shalom justice, alternative power systems, and economic rights from the Torah through the New Testament.

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‘The Poor Will Always Be With Us’ Is Jesus’ Indictment of the Rich. Not the Poor.

By Liz Theoharis
April 7, 2017

“But there’s also, you know, in the Scripture, tells us in 2 Thessalonians chapter 3:10 he says, uh, ‘For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: if a man will not work, he shall not eat.’ And then he goes on to say ‘We hear that some among you are idle’ … I think it’s a reasonable expectation that we have work requirements.” —Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Tex.), March 28, 2017

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The Last Week of Jesus Christ and the Last Year of Martin Luther King

Kairos: The Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice
By Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

The 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” sermon from the Riverside Church fell just before Holy Week. His speech marked one year before his assassination, and his refusal to remain silent about the triple evils of war, racism and poverty in “Beyond Vietnam” must be remembered in relationship to that violent silencing.

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The full, fierce legacy of Dr. King

New York Daily News
by Rev. Liz Theoharis, Charlene Sinclair, Karenna Gore
April 4, 2014

Many people know that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. died on April 4, 1968 — killed by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis. But on this day we should also celebrate a different April 4 — the day in 1967 when Dr. King gave an epic speech in New York City’s Riverside Church.

That prophecy should continue to speak to us today.

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