09/05/2012 08:54 am ET

Religion And Poverty: Religious Teachings On Social Justice, Helping The Poor (QUOTES)


As the Democratic National Convention meets in Charlotte, North Carolina the mandate of caring for the poor has largely dropped out of the conversation, replaced by a more popular focus on the middle class.

The United States is one of the world's most religious and religiously diverse nations. Nearly all of the world's religions focus on the requirement of truly religious people to care for the poor.

HuffPost Religion hopes that politicians and voters of all parties will continue to place the needs of the most vulnerable at the center of their campaigns. As Mahatma Gandhi is reported to have said: "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members."

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Religious Teachings on Poverty