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"Love Your Neighbor as Yourself": Failing Grade for Religious America

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A 2012 University of Chicago study reveals that the U.S is among the five most religious nations. How does that play out?

Listen to sermons throughout religious America and you are likely to hear variations on the lofty principle featured in both the Old and New Testaments : "Love your neighbor as yourself". But as we well know talk can be cheap. Perhaps that's why the Epistle of James calls for action: "Faith without deeds is dead" (James 2:14). And Judaism mandates "mitzvahs" (good deeds).

Let's take a look at how our neighbors across America are doing and how we are treating them in 2013.

"U.S. Wealth Is Now the Most Concentrated at the Top Since 1916 ."

And Congressional Republicans pass $40 billion cuts in food stamps

Distribution of Wealth in America

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And House Republicans pass $40 billion cuts in food stamps.

"400 Richest Americans Are Worth More Than the GDP of Canada or Mexico."

And House Republicans pass $40 billion cuts in food stamps.

"Eighty percent of Americans share only seven percent of all the money in America"

And House Republicans pass $40 billion cuts in food stamps.

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"46.2 million Americans (15.0 percent) live in poverty."

And House Republicans pass $40 billion cuts in food stamps.

"10.4 million Americans living in poverty are the working poor."

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Bernard Starr, PhD is a psychologist,journalist, and professor emeritus at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. His latest book is "Jesus,Jews, and Anti-Semitism in Art:How Renaissance Art Erased Jesus' Jewish Identity and How (more...)

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Are religious leaders asking this of the flocks?... by Bernard Starr on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 9:29:34 AM
Sir, Would your concise article be even more conce... by Ad Du on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 1:11:12 PM
I have been wondering why there isn't more in the ... by Diana L on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 11:40:10 PM