Through The Eye of A Needle: The Occupy Movement and the Church


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When "Occupy Wall Street" protesters began camping out to highlight the gap between rich and poor, many of them pitched their tents on land owned by churches.

This prompted questions about the undefined contract between society and religion.  Is a place of worship meant for quiet prayer - or does the church belong at the front lines in the fight for social justice?

Nick Terpstra, who teaches history at U of T, talks about Christianity's injunction to care for the poor, and describes the history of the sanctuary movement.  Lawyer and social critic Wendy Kaminer outlines the legal minefield when groups with even the very best of motives demand the right to "occupy."  And Giles Fraser, former Canon Chancellor of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, explains why he resigned rather than acquiesce to the eviction of protestors from the steps of the iconic cathedral.

occupylondon.jpgLondon police look on as protesters camp outside St. Paul's Cathedral (Yui Mok/Associated Press). 

 

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