Friday, April 27, 2012

The Republican War on Christian Values

There's an interesting piece on MotherJones today. Apparently some Catholics have figured out that the Ryan budget (and the Republican Party behind it) are waging a war against Christ's teachings. It's hard to square this with the prevailing view that the Republicans are the Christian party.

Instead of promoting and repeating the bogus FoxNews "War on Religion" meme, the news media should be reporting the righteous outrage of Christians (and humanists) over the very real Republican war on the poor.

One of the first things we learned in Sunday School was that Jesus demanded that his followers care for the poor and the sick, but the Republican agenda is vigorously anti-poor and anti-sick. How can they pretend to be Christian? Christianity is more than a haircut and a cross pin on the lapel.

Some conservatives try to argue that helping the poor doesn't help them at all because it discourages self sufficiency. Tell that to the parent working three jobs below minimum wage, who still cannot make ends meet. Thrift and enterprise require a minimal level of income, which the poor don't have. As Winston Churchill put it "There is no thrift without hope."

Maybe the Republicans should worry more about the very rich, the Paris Hiltons of this world, the people who earn more in an hour than you and I earn in a year, who earn those millions without working at all. There are some glaring inconsistencies on the Republican side of the argument, but the supposedly "liberal" news media is afraid to report them. When the truth is on one side a phony balance is a lie.


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