Sunday, 11 March 2012

Faithful America

The above website is for an online community of people who claim they are motivated by faith to take action on what they consider the 'pressing moral issues of our time.' They comprise many different religions, but share a commitment to upholding the common good within America and restoring communities to their former glory. Their core aims are as follows:
  • end poverty and promote economic security for all
  • promote peace and restore America's commitment to human rights and diplomacy
  • prevent the catastrophic effects of climate change
  • counter hate speech and misinformation in the media pertaining to people of faith
  • work for welcoming communities where immigrants and people of all faiths are welcome
They propose achieving this by mobilising forces to speak out in public areas, in what they call the building of 'a powerful grassroots movement.' They also believe this is a critical phase in history where people’s actions or inaction have a permanent global consequence, and their faith demands they act now.

In terms of American identity, their general aims and the reasons behind them are very reminiscent of the early European settlers; they want diplomacy back, and they want everybody to be equal. They also heavily depend on their religious morality for guidance, claiming they 'are all in this together,' in a very patriotic stance.

Further investigation of their website reveals that in order to access 'action alerts' for the latest speeches, you must become a member. The sign up procedure is simple, and they even have a Facebook page dedicated to spreading their messages - this is a very modern approach given their old values, but it ensures they maintain a high membership in this changing society.

The website also offers the option of donating money to their cause (although I think they might be slightly overly optimistic of the amounts expected given that one of the pre-typed donations is $4600), and has a page dedicated to providing proof of the actions they have taken part in. They appear to be a very active organisation which would appeal to the younger generation eager for change.

Their main motto is 'Make a difference' and I think this speaks to all generations of Americans, who seek to find their own American Dream, and ultimately make a difference somewhere. Unsurprisingly, the articles on the website are heavily motivated by Christianity and very much concerned with the Occupy Wall Street movement - something they fully support.

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