Friday’s Quotation: Eleazar S. Fernandez

“Liberation from want is a fundamental necessity in the restoration of one’s humanity.  No one can be fully human in a situation in which one’s basic needs are not being met….as Robert McAfee Brown argues, ‘as long as children are growing up in a society where their parents cannot get jobs, so that children grow up undernourished, as long as people cannot get decent housing or education and health care for their children, human rights are being violated.'”

-Eleazar S. Fernandez
Reimagining The Human: Theological Anthropology in Response to Systemic Evil

In light of Pelosi’s health care bill, what do you think of this quote?  Would you go as far as Fernandez to say that a person’s human rights are violated when they cannot provide the necessities for their families?  What does it mean to be fully human?  Talk it out below. 

About Steve LaMotte

Husband and father of three amazing children. Campus Minister of Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. Pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Dover, Delaware. Elder in the Pen-Del Conference. Fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. Lover of music that makes hipsters cringe.
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