"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?"
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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