" It's no badge of honor to subscribe to conventional morality or conventional wisdom.
" Christians are called to be counter-cultural -- more in solidarity with those we associate with pimps than with popes.
" For "Americans" this means discounting middle class morality and (white) "family values" as criteria of faith.
" According to Jesus, by itself such conformity actually excludes one from participation in God's promised future.
" Instead authentic faith means living a life of solidarity with the poor -- making their issues our own.
" Hence Christians should be in the forefront of movements on behalf of the poor.
" For example, rather than joining "devout Catholics" like Paul Ryan in leading crusades to cut back food stamp programs, we should be applying pressure to expand them.
" The same holds true for public housing, Medicaid, Social Security, and voting rights.