I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

- de Tocqueville 1831































Saturday, July 9, 2011

Contradiction......Really?



 

The proceeding clip is an interview of Eric Sapp  by Thomm Hartman.  Both are liberal and their goal is to persuade conservative Christians that,  one;  you can not espouse the philosophy of Ayn Rand and Christianity since Ayn Rand was an Atheist and,  two;   the selfishness of conservatism flies in the face of Christ's admonition to care for the poor and the hungry.

Make no mistake,  Ayn Rand was an avowed Atheist, she had nothing good to say about religion.  Does her stance on religion diminish her philosophy of individual freedom vs collective bondage?  Is her description of those who would assume power through government coercion "for the sake of humanity" (she called them moochers-an apt name) any less valid?  I can make distinctions between her view of religion and the points she makes in the political arena,  as I am sure that you who read this can.  Let me point out the hypocrisy of Eric Sapp.  Although I'm sure that he would disavow this point,  the philosophy  that he espouses is rooted in the teachings of Carl Marx,  also and avowed atheist. He reserves for himself the ability to selectively pick and choose what he believes  from whomever but we can only choose one belief or the other?

Another point made in this interview is the idea that we are selfish to try and  keep the government from taking our earnings because it is a contradiction of Christs admonition to feed the poor and care for the needy.  At no point in the interview did they make the distinction between private charity and government largess.  Private donations to worthy causes  far out pace donations made by the government. 

I would like to ask these two gentlemen,  How can giving to someone,  someone Else's money not be considered theft?  If monies are taken from an individual unwillingly and then given to someone,  deserving or not,  how can this be considered charity?  

Be on the lookout for this kind of thinking because it will soon be in a church near you.  I highly recommend that you,  dear reader pick up a copy of Atlas shrugged and /or,  if you get the chance,  see the movie "Atlas Shrugged" Part One.  You will be shocked at how close to today's reality this work of fiction is.                    

5 comments:

goddessdivine said...

You cannot legislate charity. That kind of defeats the purpose (uh, it no longer becomes charity when it is forced upon you). If any of these guys and their uber-liberal "do-gooders" actually understood the life of Christ, they would know that this is NOT something he would espouse. I really hate it when the leftist nutjobs denounce religion but try to insert it (incorrectly) when it comes to helping the less fortunate among us. They wouldn't know true religion if it bit them in the butt.

Angela said...

Amen!

rocslinger said...

Miss Devine,

You are dead on target. It irks me to no end how often the scriptures are misused to support a persons agenda. When I hear the words "Christ says" or "the bible says" without proper context I just want to run screaming from the room.

The Atomic Mom said...

Good to see you back.

I am mixed on Rand. I agree with her on freedom of the individual, but not on her athiesm, and some of her views on selfishness. But, I take then truth she does talk about and go with it.

I agree with goddess as well. You cannot force people to be good or to do good. They have to want to do it themselves. After having lived in Bulgaria for a year and a half, right as communism was ending I strongly feel and know that government largess only takes away the desire to go out and do good and to be charitable.

Kerri said...

Thank you for helping to bring my politics into a more informed opinion. Don't know what I'll do without you filling me in. Guess I'll keep reading.