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?”
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.
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.
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:
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.