“It’s time to invite the Occupy Movement to church,” or at least according to pastor Jim Wallis it is. You might recall Wallis -- a member of President Barack Obama's faith council and founder of Sojourners ministry. He is also reportedly a spiritual adviser to Obama.
Now, Wallis is also opening the doors to his parish, offering sanctuary to Occupy protesters, while at the same time encouraging other churches across the country to do the same. According to KleinOnline, Wallis suggested that Thanksgiving is the “perfect occasion” for churches to reach out and offer Occupiers shelter.
Wallis used his church’s magazine as a platform to call for a “church sanctuary for the Occupy movement.” KO adds:
Wallis was appointed in February 2009 to the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a White House group replete with advocates for using religion to advance “social justice.”
“Open our church basements and parish halls as safe places to sleep — shelter and sanctuary as cold weather descends upon many of our cities,” he wrote.
“The Occupy movement needs a sanctuary. And what better safe and welcome place could these young people find than with communities of faith?"
Given reports of Occupiers defecating and urinating both in and on churches across the globe -- even using the carpet of St. Paul's Cathedral as a "latrine" -- would the Occupiers really take kindly to being given shelter in houses of worship? Or would the move instead provide vandals easy access to the structures they seek to defile?