Press Releases

November 27, 2013

Statement on Thanksgiving

“THANKFUL” IN THE SEASON OF THANKSGIVING 

 

Statement By Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. 

 

November 27, 2013 

 

(Wednesday November 27th, 2013)

 

The Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. today said, “It is good that we can be thankful in the season 

 

of Thanksgiving. I’m thankful that Pope Francis is radicalizing the Church – i.e., taking it back 

 

to its roots and a focus on humble service and justice. I’m thankful that after 34 years of 

 

alienation and estrangement that peace and normal relations between Iran and the United States 

 

are more possible today thanks to an initial step of progress on reducing the threat of more 

 

nuclear weapons in the world. And I’m thankful that the night of no health care in the 

 

Cumberland’s of Kentucky (and elsewhere) is beginning to see the light of day thanks to the 

 

Affordable Care Act and the Governor of Kentucky. 

 

“Yesterday in a document called “Evangelii Gaudium” (the Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis 

 

challenged the Roman Catholic Church to become more decentralized, people focused, 

 

democratic, respectful of women, responsive to the actual needs of people, open and inclusive; as 

 

well as less doctrinaire, enamored with capitalism, free markets and ramped consumerism. And 

 

because he comes from Argentina and a continent where he has seen the ravages of unfettered 

 

capitalism up close, he described our international economic system as one that perpetuates 

 

inequality and ‘devours’ what is fragile – i.e., human life and an environment in peril – as an 

 

economic ‘dictatorship.’ In other words, he’s challenging the Church to return to its roots and to 

 

the central message and mission of the Gospel - of comforting the disturbed and disturbing the 

 

comfortable. 

 

“Second. I’m thankful that President Obama has chosen economic leverage, flexibility, 

 

diplomacy and negotiations over no-talk, bellicose rhetoric, rigid and righteous military action as 

 

the best means of curbing the threat of Iran developing nuclear weapons and launching another 

 

destabilizing arms race. The deal is not complete – it’s just a 6-month first step – and the more 

 

difficult road of negotiations still lies ahead. But I’m thankful for the incremental approach and 

 

patient progress toward a more peaceful and non-nuclear world that President Obama has 

 

chosen.