House Speaker John Boehner told Christian media leaders Sunday that the national debt is a moral threat to the country.

Speaking at the Media Leadership Dinner at this year’s National Religious Broadcasters Convention, Boehner referred to the nation’s $14.1 trillion debt as America’s “Sputnik moment” – the moment that shocks the nation.

“Yes, this debt is a mortal threat to our country. It is also a moral threat,” said the Ohio Republican.

“It is immoral to bind our children to as leeching and destructive a force as debt. It is immoral to rob our children’s future and make them beholden to China. No society is worthy that treats its children so shabbily.”

In addition to citing statistics that show a child born today in the United States inherits $45,000 in debt to make his case, Boenher, a Christian, also cited the Bible.

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