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Harkin: God wants Big Labor to win

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By Michelle Malkin  •  May 21, 2009 04:11 PM

Well, he didn’t say exactly that. But he might as well have. The SEIU has organized a front group of “people of faith” to harangue Congress into passing card-check because it’s a “moral imperative.” Where are all the church/state separation zealots now? Details of the Big Labor hosannas in the highest, via the SEIU website:

Yesterday, over 50 religious leaders from a diverse range of faiths and denominations came to Washington, DC to lobby members of Congress on support of the Employee Free Choice Act. The newly-formed coalition of religious leaders and people of faith–Faith Leaders for Workplace Fairness–publicly announced their support for the labor reform bill on a conference call with press last week, calling the legislation a “moral imperative” and a civil and human right.

The lobbying day begin with an early a.m. prayer breakfast at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, where clergy, union members and political figures gathered to hear uplifting music sung by a multicultural choir, and pray for the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. “Unions are indispensable for a just social order,” said Dr. Joseph Fahey, a Manhattan College religious studies professor and founder of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice. “They are not something that just gains better wages and working conditions for workers—on a far wider level, we won’t have a just social order unless we have unions to bring justice to workers and their families.” The event featured speakers that included SEIU’s Anna Burger, Rev. Sue Gaeta of the Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus and SEIU Virginia home care worker Athena Jones. Longtime labor supporter Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-Md.), also appeared at the breakfast to give a speech, telling the crowd that “the faith community has always been on the side of workers.”

At the press conference afterwards held with Sen. Tom Harkin (the original sponsor of the legislation in the Senate), the senator called the Employee Free Choice Act “one of the real social justice issues of our time,” expressing his determination to get legislation passed in 2009 that will restore balance and fairness to the organizing process.

Meantime, the SEIU continues to press Arlen Specter, who tells its activists that he’s “working on a compromise.” Translation: the final betrayal is on its way!

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