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May 06, 2005

The Theocrats are coming! The Theocrats are coming!

(Idiot warning!)

Christopher Hitchens
Why I'm Rooting Against the Religious Right

“I have never understood why conservative entrepreneurs are so all-fired pious and Bible-thumping, let alone why so many of them claim Jesus as their best friend and personal savior. The Old Testament is bad enough: The commandments forbid us even to envy or covet our neighbor's goods, and thus condemn the very spirit of emulation and ambition that makes enterprise possible. But the New Testament is worse: It tells us to forget thrift and saving, to take no thought for the morrow, and to throw away our hard-earned wealth on the shiftless and the losers.”

If that quote's not enough, and you really think you have the stomach for more of this guy's mindless drivel, go ahead, click away. But, capitalism isn't about greed or coveting. Wanting something doesn't mean wanting something that belongs to someone else. Only idiot Liberals believe that, probably because they like taking other people stuff more than creating it themselves, and that would explain their fondness for taxpayer funded social programs.

As for his distortion of the New Testament, the entire passage of  Luke 18:18-30 reads:

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

The message wasn't that everyone must sell everything and give it to the poor in order to get to heaven, but that everyone must be willing to let go of anything they hold above their devotion to God. In all honesty, though, how can you take seriously someone who calls the poor, “shiftless and losers”?


James Taranto
Why I'm Rooting for the Religious Right

“In the past three elections, the religious right has helped to elect a conservative Republican president and a bigger, and increasingly conservative, Republican Senate majority. This should make it possible to move the courts in a conservative direction. But Senate Democrats, taking their cue from liberal interest groups, have responded by subverting the democratic process, using the filibuster to impose an unprecedented supermajority requirement on the confirmation of judges.”

Yeah, there are bits and pieces in this one that I disagree with, but overall I like it. I like James Taranto's writing style, and his way of thinking, most of the time. I try to read Best of the Web every day — the only “blog” I make an effort to read every part of. If you haven't already, read the piece.

Coverage: Powerline, Outside the Beltway, Don Singleton, GOP Bloggers, What Attitude Problem, The Smarter Cop, Insight Scoop (and here)

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 6, 2005 10:13 AM

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