by Mark Engler

“Reverend Billy’s act is an indictment of Christian religious leaders—a routine that points to that failure of most mainstream ministers to join with movements for social and economic justice, to champion public demonstrations, and to be outspoken and unafraid in denouncing the idolatry of the market.  If greater numbers of actually ordained ministers were stepping up to give their own rousing speeches to protest encampments—and bringing their own gospel choirs with them—Talen’s shtick would hardly be necessary.”