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54th National Prayer Breakfast Address

 delivered 2 February 2006

"If you're wondering what I'm doing here, at a prayer breakfast, well so am I. I'm certainly not here as a man of the cloth, unless that cloth is -- is leather. I'm certainly not here because I'm a rock star -- which leaves only one possible explanation: I've got a messianic complex. It's true. And anyone who knows me, it's hardly a revelation."

"Mr. President, are you sure about this? It's very humbling, and I will try to keep my homily brief. But be warned: I am Irish."

"In 1997, a couple of eccentric septuagenarian Christians -- British, as it happens -- went and ruined my shtick, my reproachfulness. They did it by describing the Millennium, the year 2000, as a Jubilee year; described this year as an opportunity to cancel the chronic debts of the world's poorest people."

"Why 'Jubilee?' What was this year of Jubilee, this year of our Lord's favor?"

"There it was in Leviticus 25:35: 'If your brother becomes poor,' the Scriptures say, 'and cannot maintain himself, you shall maintain him.'"

"It's not a coincidence that in the Scriptures, poverty is mentioned more than 2,100 times. It's not an accident. That's a lot of air time. You know, the only time Jesus Christ is judgmental is on the subject of the poor. 'As you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.'"

"Mr. President, Congress, people of faith, people of America: I want to suggest to you today that you see the flow of effective foreign assistance as tithing; which, to be truly meaningful, will mean an additional one percent of the federal budget tithed to the poor."

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