CHICAGO - In late February, "A Better Illinois" - a group promoting a progressive tax system - rolled out its faith leader coalition "Faith Leaders for a Fair Tax." In a video of the event (HERE), the leaders quoted from the Bible and prayed that lawmakers would not serve the idols of money and greed.
The coalition makes it clear that the separation of church and state does not apply to liberal "social justice" issues.
"From those to whom much is given, much more is expected," said Bishop Wayne Miller of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. Speakers included Trinity United Church of Christ's new pastor Rev. Otis Moss III, who assumed the pulpit when Rev. Jeremiah Wright stepped down.
"Something's wrong when someone can run for public office and say they're so rich, they are beyond corruption," said Rev. Phil Blackwell, Chicago Temple. "Flat tax has become flat earth."
Another speaker, Pastor C.J. Hawkings, is a United Methodist pastor and directs ARISE in Chicago. She's famous among conservatives as the clergy-woman confronted by Andrew Breitbart outside Right Nation 2010 (see video below).