Paul Ryan Ducks the Question on Ayn Rand vs. the Bible
In his great story on Rep. Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand, Daniel Burke at Religion News Service manages to elicit a semi-answer from Ryan’s staff to the question of how Ryan reconciles his faith with his support for Rand:
Ryan’s spokesman, Kevin Seifert, said the congressman “does not find his Catholic faith to be incompatible with his feelings for Ayn Rand’s literary works. … Rand is one of many figures and authors that Congressman Ryan has cited as influencing his thinking during his formative years.”
But the question wasn’t about Ryan’s admiration for Rand’s prose or narrative structure, but rather his explicitly stated support for her extremist political ideology.
The more Ryan dodges the fundamental question of how he reconciles Rand’s ideology of selfishness with the Bible’s call to work for the common good, the more clear it becomes that he doesn’t have a good answer.