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Of course, Governor Walker has not disputed the right of government employees to unionize but wants to limit their right to negotiate over budget busting benefits. Why government employees should have better benefits than the tax payers who support them, the Religious Left prelates have not explained. Bass invests Religious Left Mainline Protestant elites with authority they never had. Most members of these imploding denominations have rarely if ever heeded their prelates politically. And even now, most church going Mainline Protestants vote Republican.
With more nuance, the Catholic Archbishop in Milwaukee has said: “It does not follow…that every claim made by workers or their representatives is valid. Every union, like every other economic actor, is called to work for the common good, to make sacrifices when required, and to adjust to new economic realities. However, it is equally a mistake to marginalize or dismiss unions as impediments to economic growth.” He asked “lawmakers carefully [to] consider the implications of [the Governor’s] proposal and evaluate it in terms of its impact on the common good. We also appeal to everyone –lawmakers, citizens, workers, and labor unions – to move beyond divisive words and actions and work together, so that Wisconsin can recover in a humane way from the current fiscal crisis.”
Governor Walker has cited fiscal reality, not religion, for his stance with Wisconsin’s government unions. But Diana Butler Bass has peered deep into his heart and discovered the real obstacle to reasonable negotiation is Walker’s nondenominational evangelical faith, which is “dangerous” to American democracy. Maybe Bass and other angry Religious Leftists should heed the Archbishop’s warning against “divisive words.”
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