תק׳עה

On the Jewish High Holidays, “Tekiah” is the first command to sound the shofar or ram’s horn – a tradition that dates back thousands of years.

Today, a different horn was blown. Not one that is holy, but rather one that was most likely a childish prank.

At a press conference outside of Congressman Tom MacArthur’s office in Marlton, a car horn alarm sounded while members of the clergy spoke about the Congressman’s attempt to gut health care for millions of Americans. Maybe it was an unfortunate juxtaposition of events, but when the group moved to the opposite side of the building, another nearby car alarm went off – from the car belonging to a MacArthur staffer. Two alarms – following the footsteps of a cadre of clergy, advocates, and press – probably not a coincidence.

But the horns did not drown out the clergy. Instead, as Rev Daryl Armstrong of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton pointed out, the horns were a Shofar – a call to worship and a call to action.

That was the theme as several clergy members from various denominations gathered to express opposition to the MacArthur amendment. The spoke about the needs not only of their congregants, but of society in general, urging MacArthur to withdraw his mean-spirited amendment. Some talked about personal health situations. All called for the strengthening of the Affordable Care Act. Here are some excerpts

 

Comments (5)

  1. Jill Anthony

    It was a beautiful and heartfelt event. I was proud to be there and hear what these leaders had to say. It is important for everyone to speak up. Healthcare is a moral issue that has become wrongly politicized. Tom MacArthur is risking the wellbeing of thousands of people in his district, millions in his state and 24 million in his country, for personal political gains.

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  2. Alice Oppenheimer

    Thank you to the clergy who speak truth to power. Who stand for the values our faith communities– a society must care for all of its members, especially those who are most vulnerable, or we fail as a society together. It was a moving event.

    Representative MacArthur– we in your district pray or send vibes that you will find your way and revise your attempt to place millions of Americans at risk for early death, great disability and non-productive lives. If it is not good enough for Congress members, why is it good for the rest among us?

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  3. Janet Rolnick

    I feel Rep. Mac Arthur and his staff should apologize to the clergy for the immature and disrespectful behavior. As a resident of Evesham, I am embarrassed that this happened in my town!

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  4. deciminyan (Post author)

    We just confirmed that the FIRST alarm that went off in an attempt to disrupt the proceedings came from the vehicle belonging to MacArthur’s district chief of staff.

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    1. Joseph Cruz

      If the US press secretary can call concentration camps “centers”, it’s not surprising that the representative’s chief of staff feels that it is permissible to act in a disrespectful manner to members of the clergy.
      Without consequences for conduct unbecoming a public servant, without strong core values, the behaviors will continue to occur.
      “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ― C.S. Lewis. “

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