Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand, the Roman Catholic Church and how to square a circle.
“You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” – Jesus
“If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.” – Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand’s Objectivism, a philosophy which rejects love of God, has even less regard for love of neighbor, is completely at odds with Christian morality, and yet Mitt Romney’s running mate, who is a Roman Catholic, says this …
“But if we’re going to actually win [the fight between individualism and collectivism] we need to make sure that we’re solid on premises, that our principles are well-defended, and if we want to go and articulately defend these principles and what they mean to our society, what they mean for the trends that we set internationally, we have to go back to Ayn Rand. Because there is no better place to find the moral case for capitalism and individualism than through Ayn Rand’s writings and works.” – Paul Ryan, a Roman Catholic who gives copies of Ayn Rand’s book, “Atlas Shrugged” as Christmas presents.
Can you be a true Christian, or even a good American, if you vote people into public office whose views on the poor are based on a blatant refusal of Christ’s teaching?
Salon has a good article on Ryan’s inconsistent belief system here.