Mark Silk asks a good question: why aren’t Catholic and evangelical leaders giving congressional Republicans hell for this? To be fair, we don’t know what conversations are happening behind closed doors. But as Silk points out, it’s a conspicuous public silence when faith leaders speak boldly about a moral issue but then don’t speak out against a House vote pushing hard the other way. Silk:
These are leaders who have not hesitated to let their righteousness roll down like a mighty stream on Obama for a host of sins, real and imagined, against their moral values. But when it comes to their erstwhile GOP allies, the cat’s got their prophetic tongue.
Effective advocacy is complicated. Sometimes a public megaphone is helpful; sometimes it isn’t. But at this point, there isn’t a close vote hanging in the delicate balance. Congress did nothing and went home for weeks. When it’s clear that something is not getting done—something these church leaders have eloquently supported, and something their people-in-the-pews mostly also support—it’d be good to hear them making more noise.