While the Republicans accuse the DNC of removing God from their platform, the DNC placed Sister Simone, a Catholic nun and one of the “Nuns on the Bus”, on their podium to give an inspirational “secularized sermon” for Health Care Reform, in which she again called the Ryan Plan immoral.
Paul Ryan claims his budget reflects the principles of our shared Catholic faith. But the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that the Ryan budget failed a basic moral test, because it would harm families living in poverty.
As she spoke, she shared stories of various people who needed help with food, health care, and employment, calling it her “Pro-life” view, as she passively alluded to the Bible at least once during her speech.
She stated that they agree with the bishops and that Ryan is right when he says, “individuals should be responsible”, but Ryan’s plan seriously harms their efforts to alleviate suffering, because it does not acknowledge that we are responsible for one another.
“[O]ur faith strongly affirms that we are all responsible for one another. I am my sister's keeper. I am my brother's keeper.”
As she told a few stories of people suffering various hardships, she also stated that we are responsible for creating an economy where parents can care for their families, but if we cut taxes on the rich, we make it harder for working parents to feed their families.
She totally disagrees that Ryan’s plan is “in keeping with our faith” and considers it wrong, especially when people could die without proper health care and then told a story of a woman who did die from cancer, because she lost her job, her insurance, and the ability to access needed care for her condition.
In Cincinnati, I met Jini, who had just come from her sister's memorial service. When Jini's sister Margaret lost her job, she lost her health insurance. She developed cancer and had no access to diagnosis or treatment. She died unnecessarily. That is tragic. And it is wrong.
She stated that the Affordable Health Care plan would cover people like Margaret, adding that we all share in the responsibility to ensure that people can access health care so that people do not die needlessly as she did.
This is part of my pro-life stance and the right thing to do.
Sister Simone told one last story about a woman who felt alone and isolated because of her neighbour’s political views masquerading as values. The woman approached her and told her that she wished people would listen with compassion and kindness, caring about other people’s well-being, because then the world would be a better place. Sister Simone said she told the woman that she is not alone and encouraged the crowd to do just that, instead of yelling at one another.
Looking out at you tonight, I feel your presence combined with that of the thousands of caring people we met on our journey. Together, we understand that an immoral budget that hurts already struggling families does not reflect our nation's values. We are better than that.
So I urge you to join us on the bus. Join us as together we stand with Matt and Mark, Billy and his family, the woman in Hershey and the Margarets of our nation.
This is what we nuns on the bus are all about: We care for the 100 percent, and that will secure the blessings of liberty for our nation. So join us as we nuns and all of us drive for faith, family, and fairness.
Much like the GOP, Sister Simone gave her speech in the context of her Christian view as she spoke to the Democratic crowd, especially to those with a liberal Christian or Catholic background.
Sister Simone’s rise to fame started when the Vatican chastised her group, calling them “radical feminists”, which lead to many interviews, including The Colbert Report. Colbert, who is a practicing Catholic, made satire out the Vatican’s accusations that 80% of U. S. nuns were not loyal to the Catholic faith, focusing too much on social justice, as he interviewed the Sister.
These spurious attacks are a response to the effective lobbying efforts of Network. The Nuns, through Network’s socially liberal agenda, are calling out leaders of religious christians who have had a louder and louder voice in national politics. The Nuns are suggesting that these groups are no longer in step with the gospels, and have strayed too far from the service-oriented teachings of Jesus.
In perfect satirical form, Colbert exposes the hypocritical anti-women, anti-poor, anti-disenfranchised national agenda of the church which is undermining, as Campbell claims, ”the whole fabric of our society”.
CNN interviewed her during the DNC, concerning “Faith at the Conventions”, asking her about health care. During that interview, she restated what she said about responsibility. Then she mentioned what happened when the Republicans came in and gave the rich a tax cut. She also stated that the safety net programs are taking responsibility to care for others.
“To make democracy work, everybody needs to be involved.”