Faithful America Member Offers Paul Ryan a Bible

June 3, 2011, 12:20 pm | Posted by

Rep. Paul Ryan spoke this morning at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference; afterwards James Salt of Catholics United caught up with the Congressman to offer him a Bible on behalf of Faithful America, which is running a campaign encouraging Ryan to put down Ayn Rand and pick up the Bible. James also asked Ryan a pointed question about Ryan’s radical federal budget plan, which reflects Ayn Rand’s love of greed and contempt for the weak by giving huge tax breaks to millionaires while making deep and harmful cuts to programs that protect seniors, struggling families and the middle class:

“Why did you choose to model your budget off the extreme ideology of Ayn Rand rather than values of basic economic justice in the Bible?”

Watch the exchange:

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Media Hit of the Week

June 3, 2011, 9:00 am | Posted by

Daniel Burke’s RNS story we mentioned yesterday also features a prominent mention of Faithful America’s petition to Congressman Paul Ryan about the values reflected in his federal budget plan:

More than 6,000 people have signed a petition asking Ryan to put down Rand and pick up a Bible, according to Kristin Ford of Faithful America, a left-leaning online group.

“Ayn Rand’s philosophy of radical selfishness and disdain for the poor and struggling is antithetical to our faith values of justice, compassion and the common good,” the petition reads.

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Paul Ryan Needs New Reading Material

May 25, 2011, 4:01 pm | Posted by

bibles.jpgPaul Ryan is a huge Ayn Rand fan. He credits her with inspiring him to become a politician. He said she did a “fantastic” job explaining “the morality of individualism” and, it seems, she inspired his budget proposal, which guts key programs that help struggling families (Rand believed everybody should fend for themselves – altruism is actually “evil” in her philosophy.)

Puzzlingly, Ryan is actually defending his budget in terms of his Roman Catholic faith – even trying to claim the Catholic bishops support his plan to take away assistance to poor children and the elderly when they have, in fact, criticized it.

Ryan’s claims just don’t hold water. As Rand herself pointed out many times, her worldview is entirely at odds with Christianity and all other faiths that teach concern for others.

Since Ryan clearly needs to brush up on his theology, Faithful America is asking Ryan to put down Ayn Rand and pick up the Bible. For every 1,000 petition signatures we collect we’ll hand-deliver one Bible to Ryan’s DC office and maybe toss in a Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church for good measure.

Ryan is entitled to his own political philosophy and theology, but he’s not entitled to pass off Randian, cruel budget cuts as examples of Christian charity without somebody calling him on the contradiction.

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Fox News Drops “Glenn Beck”

April 6, 2011, 6:44 pm | Posted by

Today FOX News announced Glenn Beck’s daily TV show will be no more.

FOX executives deny the move had anything to do with outside pressure, but it’s hard to see how FOX could ignore more than 300 lost advertisers and continuous criticism from the faith community.

Faithful America, which has been putting pressure on Beck for his attacks on social justice, called the news a “major victory for people of faith.”

It’s too early to tell who will take Beck’s place in FOX’s lineup, but thanks to the work of Faithful America, Jewish Funds for Justice, Sojourners, Media Matters, Color of Change and the entire Stop Beck effort, I doubt we’ll see another host who quite like Beck anytime soon.

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Celebrating Health Care Reform

March 22, 2011, 2:50 pm | Posted by

As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act turns one year old this week, marking the anniversary of passing this landmark legislation which makes quality health care affordable for millions of un- and under-insured American families, and ends the insurance industry’s most abusive practices. As part of this effort, Faithful America and PICO teamed up to run radio ads on Christian stations in four cities. The ads feature the stories of local people in each city who have already been helped by the health care law:

Denver

Orlando

New Orleans

Kansas City

We’ll also be blogging all this week on how the law works and the ways it’s already helping different groups of Americans.

FPL, along with many faith groups, played in indispensable role in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As we continue the effort to implement the law and defend it from ideologically motivated repeal efforts, it’s nice to pause for a moment and celebrate our success one year ago.

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