I want to thank The Book of Cletis for allowing me to republish this blog. I have my own take on the Ayn Rand/ Fundamentalist Christian conundrum - and will put that forth in a follow-up post of my own. The irony of Fundamentalist Christians fawning over Atlas Shrugged is not lost on me - but it is a topic I have not brought up before on this blog. Meanwhile, enjoy this post it is very well written and be sure to stop by The Book of Cletis - it is a blog that is on my daily reading list.
H.L. Mencken cautioned us years ago about our fellow citizens when he wrote, “Never underestimate the ignorance of the American people.” Old H.L. was a pretty cynical fellow but he nailed that right on the head. Still, I was recently shocked when I learned The People of the Tea have embraced Ayn Rand as their new messiah. How anyone can profess their love for Jesus and at the same time walk around town with a copy of Atlas Shrugged is beyond me. Jesus said love the poor for they are your brothers and sisters and love your neighbor as yourself. Ayn Rand said if the poor get in your way take a board to their lazy asses. If your neighbor is poor and threatening your property values, burn his fucking house down.
Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has said, “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand.” Ryan also requires his entire staff to read Atlas Shrugged and I imagine he requires Cliff’s Notes as well. My Senator, Republican Rand Paul, is also a disciple of Ms. Rand’s and brags that he has read all of her novels. Each man promotes policies that would crush the most vulnerable members of our society underfoot but, apparently, can’t see the conflict with their Christian faith. Remember now, these two fellows make a big deal, like many politicians do, of their Christian family values. They would not sit comfortably in our church on Sunday morning. Reverend Cletis would quote liberally from the Apostle Paul and from the direct words of Jesus of Nazareth. By the time he finished his sermon, there’d be some blistered ears and some hurt feelings.
You can’t serve two masters. If you ascribe to the hate filled rantings of Ayn Rand, there is no room in your heart for the teachings of Jesus Christ. Rand and her followers, like Senator Rand Paul, Congressman Paul Ryan, and legions of others, view the “unproductive” among us as parasites. Jesus viewed the “unproductive” among us as our responsibility to be lifted up, to be loved, and to be made whole. I made my choice a long time ago. Apparently, a lot of alleged Christians have made theirs as well, the wrong one.
Note from Cletis: Watch the video and spread the word. Maybe we can put Miss Rand’s philosophy back where it belongs, in the garbage can.
Original Post: Ayn Rand or Anti-Christ?