The Cries of the Poor: Jesus Christ Was Not Ayn Rand

Abby Zimet

It's heartening to see progressive Catholics pushing back against the religious right's agenda and their morbid fascination with Ayn Rand. First, bishops scolded John Boehner; now, Faith in Public Life has blasted fellow-Catholic Paul Ryan for abandoning the precept of the common good in a budget that he is cynically "trying to wrap in the language of faith."

"This is no faith-based budget. This is the Ayn Rand budget. Let’s call it what it is....Ayn Rand stands against everything we were ever taught or believed about God and our faith values. Ayn Rand stands against everything we ever learned about basic compassion, human decency, and fair play...We urge our political leaders to drop Ayn Rand’s books and pick up their sacred texts." - Father Clete Kiley of the Archdiocese of Chicago, in a great letter to GOP leaders

Ryan, a practising Catholic, was confronted leaving last weekend's so-called Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington D.C. by a young man, also Catholic, who suggests he pay more attention to Luke. See Ryan flee.

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