Monday, December 18, 2006

More Families Face "Heat or Eat" Choice This Winter

New Standard: Over the next few months, families across the country will be deciding which comes first: staying warm or staying fed. Heating-fuel costs have soared in recent years, now rivaling food, health care and other essential expenses squeezing low-income households.

In the world's wealthiest, most-developed nation, the fact that low-income people have to face this choice - among all the other terrible choices they face - is a faith issue. How are we treating "the least of these who are members of my family" (Matt 25:45)? As we celebrate the birth of a child whose parents were turned away from every warm place and forced to give birth in a dirty hovel in a strange land, as a national community we should be more compelled to stop this crime against humanity and against our faith.

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