Sunday, January 5, 2014

You've got to hear this nun

Dear MoveOn member,

If you're glad that Obamacare is finally here—that millions of Americans are, at last, covered by health insurance—then you'll love this podcast.

It tells the inside story of the final battle to pass the bill, in the final week before the final vote. But it's not a story about politicians. It's a story about an unlikely group of heroes who saved the day: Catholic nuns. And it will bring a smile to your face.

Click here to listen to the podcast on iTunes—and if you like it, subscribe and post a review!

The Good Fight with Ben Wikler

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You may have seen the headlines about the Catholic nuns suing over contraception coverage in Obamacare. The case just reached the Supreme Court. And it would be easy to look at that story and conclude that nuns in general are opposing the most significant piece of progressive legislation in decades.

But that would be exactly the wrong conclusion.

Sister Simone Campbell—one of the most charming, utterly down-to-earth, and profoundly committed people I've ever met—explains why. And in the process, she tells her own fascinating story, from an anti-segregation sit-in where, as a teenager, she decided to take her vows, all the way to the present and her delight in the joyous tone set by Pope Francis.

You've got to hear her voice. Listen in to "The Good Fight" on iTunes, and be sure to subscribe if you want to hear more!

(Or check out the episode on our website.)

Sister Simone's story is a piece of recent history that we'd do well to remember. It punctures the myth, so often pushed by Republicans, that faith leaders are necessarily conservative. In fact, for Sister Simone and so many others, a commitment to social justice is linked inextricably with faith.

Whatever happens to this Supreme Court case, I'll always be thankful to America's nuns for what they did on health care. And once you hear this story, you will be too.

Thanks for all you do.



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