The Golden Calf Speaks on Capitol Hill

The image of the golden calf speaks relentlessly. It starts with the words painted on the sides: Greed, False Idol and Exodus 32. Carrying the golden calf to the nation’s capitol building condemns idolatry in the tradition of Moses, Isaiah and Jeremiah. The action sounds like Micah, calling out those who “cheat owners of their houses, people of their inheritance” (Micah 2:2). It recalls Jesus casting out the merchants from the temple. This action by Franciscan Action Network, Catholics United and other groups is embedded in a long tradition of the church, from Catholic Social Teaching to the Vatican’s recent statement calling out “the idolatry of the market.” May people of faith more and more find their prophetic voice. (Watch a Washington Post video of the event. View photos below.)

Lonnie Ellis
FAN Director of Organizing and Development

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Published in: on December 19, 2011 at 11:25 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Thank you for carrying the message, both literally and figuratively. How appropriate to call out the “idolators of the market” in the captitol. The report today (Dec. 27) citing the greatest gap in net worth (excluding home equity) between the elected officials in D.C. and those they represent. The challenge to raise a voice above the din is daunting, but this grassroots advocacy is heartening and on target.
    Art M.; SFO, Milwaukee, WI

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