God’s Federal Budget Priorities?


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The Religious Left does not like budget proposals from Congressman Paul Ryan because they don’t raise taxes or eliminate the U.S. Defense Department.   One activist even denounces his plan as “moral cowardice.”

“Not only does his budget fail to meet the basic teachings of Ryan’s religious tradition [i.e. Roman Catholic], the plan shows moral cowardice,” recently explained Lisa Sharon Harper, who directs “mobilizing” for Jim Wallis’ Sojourners. “I don’t know any world in which a “tough choice” is piling benefits on the already rich and powerful while asking people who are already struggling to pay for it.”

Ostensibly Ryan is a bad Catholic because true Christian faith, as the Religious Left defines it, mandates massive, coercive redistributions of wealth by the federal government, according to political calculations, no matter their overall impact on the national economy.  As evidence for her charge that Ryan’s plan violates Catholic teaching, Harper quoted the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, which in early March urged federal budget choice that “protect” human life and “promote the common good.”  For the Religious Left, the “common good” means chiefly more Big Government.

No matter how many decades illustrate the failures of the Welfare State to ameliorate poverty, and its propensity to create dependency and family disintegration, the Religious Left mindlessly worships at its jealous altar, unwilling ever to admit that Big Government is a failed and cruel deity.  Sanctimoniously, the Sojourners mobilizer bewailed that the “vulnerable” may lack super PACs and “gangs of lobbyists,” but they do have “people of faith,” whom God has summoned to fight Ryan’s “immoral budget.”  She didn’t mention that most active church goers in America routinely vote against the Religious Left’s priorities.  And the Welfare State she invests with such divine majesty is in fact not without political counsel or influence.  Government unions and wealthy left-wing lobbies faithfully expend many millions in defense of the “vulnerable,” i.e. Big Government.

A federal budget vision doubtlessly far more to Sojourners’ liking was unveiled on Capitol Hill on March 22 on the lawn of the historic United Methodist Building.  It was unveiled by the Islamic Society of North America, United Methodist and Presbyterian Church (USA) lobbyists, and a leftist nun, with backing from the wider Religious Left, as part of its “Faithful Budget Campaign.”

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  • http://www.4simpsons.wordpress.com Neil

    Excellent points. I would add that the allegedly Christian version of the "religious Left" routinely denies the deity of Christ, his exclusivity for salvation, the authority and accuracy of the Bible, and so much more. We have a term for people who hold their views: Non-Christians.

    "But in the Religious Left’s surreal universe, all persons are intrinsically good but victimized by oppressive social systems, for which they are entitled to endless redress by a mammoth, centralized state, controlled of course by the enlightened Left."

    Yes, and it never occurs to the Religious Left that those systems had to have been designed by all these "intrinsically good" people.

  • http://www.4simpsons.wordpress.com Neil

    "Sanctimoniously, the Sojourners mobilizer bewailed that the “vulnerable” may lack super PACs and “gangs of lobbyists . . ."

    Sadly, the most vulnerable — innocent human beings in the womb — have the Sojourners and the rest of the religious Left either ignoring or advancing the ultimate social injustice of abortion. They love to quote the "least of these" part of Matthew 25 while ignoring that they all want taxpayer-funded abortions. That means they think one of our problems is that we aren't killing enough unborn children.

  • Schlomotion

    This article is an example of Iran Contra era CIA infiltration of the Religious Right. I am a supporter of the separation of church and state, so this opinion article rubs me the wrong way. Here, a CIA member started a Christian Think Tank to combat the involvement of Protestant churches in the Sandinista movement. Years later, the organization "Institute on Religion and Democracy" tries to tell us who to vote for, what to believe in church, and what we may hold as articles of faith. In that sense it is a psychological operation. THIS IS the organization behind the current effort to destabilize the United Methodist Church.

    • Faith

      LOL! Mark didn't start the "Christian Think Tank." He was not even employed by IRD when IRD was speaking out (rightly so) about the mainline churches' love affair with the Sandinistas.

      • Schlomotion

        Yes. I stand corrected. He did not found the organization. But he is the president and oversees the operation against the Methodist Church. The characterization of the organization is accurate. The internet is now awash in failed campaigns such as Kony2012, Save Darfur, and now the assault on the Methodist Church, thanks to these types of think tanks.

        • Robert Swanson

          The operation against the UMC is the General Board of Church and Society which takes money from radical, militant athiest and Marxist organizations to foist their socialist, worldly agenda on the Church.

  • clarespark

    It is very hard to do social analysis without analyzing all the unfinished revolutions extant since the 16th century. I wrote about that here: http://clarespark.com/2009/07/04/unfinished-revol…. I would also look at Leo XIII and his Rerum Novarum, that commands attention to the plight of the working class, implying bigger government. I often find little to separate some strains of Catholicism and Marxism. The intellectual I analyze here, Nicholas Boyle, is not even in history, indeed rejects history as an illusion. So much for non-worldliness.

  • Margaret

    "But the Religious Left chooses to see Big Government almost as a replacement for God, the church, the family, and virtually all other human institutions. "

    No "almost" to it….the God of the Left IS the state (Govt). The Social Gospel is a delusion of the left which allows them to think they can pick and choose the parts of the Bible that they agree with and ignore the rest. Romans 1:25 says "They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things (ie the Govt/state) rather than the Creator…"