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who has been inspiring the Democratic Party
since FDR launched "the New Deal"
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who has been inspiring the Republican Party
since FDR launched "the New Deal"
The impact of the teaching of Ayn Rand on the Republican Party has become so great in recent years that I have created the following three pages to deal with the very important issues raised by this phenomenon:
As a devout follower of Jesus Christ for 70 + years and a clergyman for nearly a half-century, I believe it is incumbent on America's Christian clergy and other "people of faith" to wake up to the fact that much of what has been passing for "Christian conservatism" in recent years is totally incompatible with the actual teaching and example of Jesus Christ, as will be made clear below. For the last generation or two of America's so-called "Christian conservatives" have been ranting and raving about the supposed godlessness of America's liberals, they were being co-opted into supporting a party whose most influential prophet is not Jesus Christ, but Ayn Rand, who despised both Karl Marx and Jesus of Nazareth with equal passion and who made it her life's work to undo what Jesus had set forth as his central mission. "Christian conservatives" have been using guilt by association for decades to suggest that "liberal Christians" are godless Marxists.Where is the evidence to support that charge? At LiberalslikeChrist/Democrat.html, I present ample evidence to show that ever since the 1930's, the administrations of the Democratic Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Carter and Clinton have promoted and enacted policies that seemed to be inspired by some of the best teaching of both the Jewish bible and of Jesus of Nazareth.
"You might wonder why Ayn Rand is the topic of a Christian web site? With the rise of religious political conservatism in the United States, the individualistic theories of this icon have become favorable to many calling themselves Christians.
Ayn Rand's Problems with Religion:
"The concept of God is degrading to a man"
"Ayn Rand was a devout atheist who held the very idea of god in contempt. She saw all forms of god as something that people invented as a way to grasp things that they didn't understand. She strongly disagreed with various teachings of Jesus Christ and other early Christians. For the life of her, Rand could not understand why (i.e. did not agree with Jesus' teaching that) 'The love of money is the root of all evil?' "
"The Virtue of Selfishness"
"Ms. Rand taught that selfishness was not a character flaw, but a virtue! She advanced the idea that human beings are naturally driven to be selfish. One's desire to have riches leads us to strive harder and possibly invent a great product or start a large corporation, which in turn would benefit everyone else. She once said that "Charity is "not" a virtue." Ayn Rand believed that man's only obligation is to himself and that being driven by greed was indeed quite virtuous."
"I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for me. . ."
Ayn Rand, the "anti-Christ"?
I suspect that the only reason that Ayn Rand didn't embrace the moniker of "Anti-Christ", is that this option never occurred to her.
There are many today who think that "Christianity" is by its very nature conservative. Those of us who are old enough to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King know that hasn't always been the case. None of us, however, are old enough to remember the beginning of the 20th century, when the newly created Federal Council of Churches (which has since been expanded into the National Council of Churches) was so liberal that it promulgated and promoted the Social Creed below:
This Youtube song expresses amazingly well