“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.”
Inspired by Matthew 25, each week the editorial team at Our Daily Thread will pick one “Goat” of the week and one “Sheep” of the week. Our sheep will be someone who is fighting for the common good, someone who is pursing social justice in their lives. Goats will be someone who goes against the church’s social justice teachings.
Our Sheep of the Week: Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson
This week, Cardinal President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson, announced his support for a Financial Transaction Tax in the EU. This tax would help create revenue for those hit hard by the economic recession by taxing 0.1% on transactions between bonds and shares.
Although the European Commission and France have come out in support of a Financial Transaction, the United Kingdom opposes it. Cardinal Turkson believes the tax will support global development. Currently no US bishops have come out in public support of a Financial Transition Tax in the United States.
For taking a stand and taking on this social justice issue, we dub Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson our Sheep of the Week.
Our Goat of the Week: Congressman Bill Johnson
On a day that is suppose to celebrate the "sanctity of life", Congressman Bill Johnson spoke out against EPA's new regulations on coal-fired plants that will limit toxic mercury pollution. Congressman Johnson accused the Obama administration of being "driven by a far-left" liberal ideology rather than the facts", but it appears he is driven by campaign contributions rather than constituents.
Congressman Johnson falsely claims that these EPA's regulations will result in job loss. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, very few jobs are lost because of regulation. In fact, the loss of jobs would be offset by the installation of greener technology.
Although jobs are a major priority for everyone, sacrificing the well-being of our children is unacceptable. Johnson should worry about his constituents rather than the mining industry. Air toxic pollution is the cause of 11,000 premature deaths and 24,500 emergency room visits. Air pollutants may also cause damage to children’s developing nervous system while they are still in their mother’s womb. These diseases and deaths are preventable with the new EPA regulations, and our members of Congress need to start caring about the welfare of their constituents not the welfare of corporations.