Government Shutdown Draws Strong Criticism from Religious Groups


Religious groups were among those strongly condemning this week’s partial federal government shutdown. Thirty-three faith leaders wrote to Congress denouncing what they called the “political brinksmanship” that seems to be prevailing. They said democracy depends on a commitment to the common good.  The US Catholic bishops urged lawmakers to meet the basic needs of people in the US and around the world.  And separately, an ecumenical group said the shutdown particularly hurts pregnant women, infants, and seniors.

  • Kimberlee

    I personally emailed senators, congressmen and the president prior to the shutdown pleading they not shut down the Government over disagreements on Obamacare. When both sides seemed immovable, I watched in dismay as both parties were prepared to let the Gov’t shutdown rather than move on their position, and the president seemed to abandon the federal employees who work for his administration. I blame both parties, and I blame the president. I mean no disrespect to the intelligence of any of our legislative leaders or the presidency. I understand each of their positions and theories for why they behaved as they did; but this was totally irresponsible. I am a retired federal employee myself with over 35 years of service and several medals, multiple letters of commendation, and drawers full of performance awards to speak for my dedication. Being in senior management, I worked many extra hours without compensation to support the mission. I was in the category of emergency essential employees who were called in to work when others were furloughed. It was bad enough that such things happened at times due to lack of funding; but this time it was simply each party’s attempt to force the other to its way on an unrelated issue. I was most disappointed with Pres Obama, who should have taken off his Democratic Party hat and put on his Presidential cap, the head of an administration that serves the American people without concern for political parties. He let the federal workforce down. It is so disheartening, inefficient, and costly when you are told to stay home and not come to work, and the projects and programs you work on are left to sit idle for who knows how long, when it could easily have been avoided. It stresses an already stressed workforce, which is working under furlough conditions and enforced vacancies. If the Congress could agree to fund military salaries, they could have agreed to fund the rest of the departments if they had placed the welfare of the people ahead of their power struggle.