AMHP Calls on Congress to Make Compassionate Choices in Health Care Budget

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 – American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) Program Director, Maggie M. Siddiqi, participated in an interfaith panel at a congressional briefing organized by the Catholic social justice group NETWORK Lobby. The panel offered faith perspectives on what the federal budget can do to support the well-being of our communities and share “Faithful Budget” priorities as an alternative to current proposals in the U.S. Congress.

Siddiqi was joined by Sister Simone Campbell (Executive Director, NETWORK), Rabbi Jonah Pesner (Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism), and Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson (Director, Office of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church U.S.A.) in addressing members of Congress in light of current budget negotiations and highlighted the importance of a budget that reflects mercy and justice for all.

Siddiqi served on the writing committee of the Faithful Budget Campaign’s “Priorities for a Faithful Budget,” in her previous capacity on staff at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). The full document can be found here. The faith community’s budget document is grounded upon the idea that our federal budget should reflect our nation’s moral values:

“In this time of global economic crisis, Jews, Christians, Muslims, and other communities of faith, guided by our sacred texts, advocate a constructive vision of the directions needed for a just society and a healthier world…. Our shared traditions insist that piety and righteousness cannot remain only individual endeavors, but must also encompass our society’s commitment to justice and mercy.”

Siddiqi spoke about health care from an Islamic perspective, noting, “The Prophet Muhammad taught that a community is like one body. If one part is in pain, the rest should take every measure to alleviate its suffering. Our nation has a moral responsibility to ensure that ours is a healthy community, by addressing social, economic, and physical disparities in access to health care and other basic services.”

A video of Maggie M. Siddiqi’s introductory comments on behalf of AMHP can be found here: http://bit.ly/1dygf2y

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Contact: Ndaa Hassan
Marketing Manager, American Muslim Health Professionals
nhassan@amhp.us
www.amhp.us