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Religious Leaders Slam Republican “Ayn Rand” Budget


Gotta love this story by ThinkProgress, Christian religious leaders — Rev. Jennifer Butler, Jim Wallis, Rev. Derrick Harkins, and Father Clete Kiley — slamming the Republican/Ryan budget as having “more to do with the teaching of Ayn Rand than the teachings of Jesus Christ.” It’s so true, yet so fascinating how John Boehner/Ryan/etc. “largely ignor[e] the majority of Catholic teaching” regarding the poor. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, as they seem to ignore their own religion’s teachings on just about everything else – war, immigration, you name it – as well. Of course, the corporate media will completely ignore this story, as I’m sure Sarah Palin’s probably saying something fascinating about Paul Revere or global warming or the debt ceiling or whatever right about now. Ugh.

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    How many preachers have the moral courage to make his/her sermon topic Matthew 25:31-46? That passage summarizes what Jim Wallis has stated in every message, article and book he has written: we will be judged by how we treat the least among us. That is the heart of both Protestant and Catholic theology as given to us by Christ. It is also the guiding spirit of tikkun olam, “to repair the world,” which guides Jews as they seek to be what Isaiah said, a light to the nations in their ethical behavior. It is also the third pillar of Islam, zagat, or compulsory charity toward others that Allah requires of all financially stable Muslims.

    I don’t know exactly what religious text Paul Ryan can quote that says, “The least among us deserve their lot. Let them suffer, especially if they are taking resources that could be given to the us worthy ones.” I dare him to find one.