I Would Be All For Marxist Christianity if Jesus Had a Magic Money Tree.

Narrow Gate Thumbby Brad Nelson
In an astonishing development, The Editors at NRO have a sensible article regarding the Catholic view on illegal aliens.

But spare yourself from reading the mushy-lame article by Kathryn Jean Lopez that accompanies this article. Her response was summed up exquisitely by Ed Cottingham in the comments:

This is a complete pantload from Sister Kathryn. And no surprise, except perhaps for the lack of integrity. She doesn’t disagree, she begins, BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT…

People may doubt this, but I used to admire the Catholic Church. The few Catholics I knew were admirable people. I managed for decades to overlook the creeping reality of Catholicism as I have observed it from a great distance in the political behavior of the Church and its most faithful children.

This tears it. And the corruption of an otherwise good conservative like K-Lo by the pious, self-agrandizing, political meddling of the church…it just goes to show how wicked this church is, the Christian faith for corrupt, northern, urban, Democrats.

I have an angry and bitter hostility to any and all people and institutions trying to destroy my country. I don’t care how much pious genuflecting they’re doing, how much they wave their crosses about or swing their incense or mumble their incantations. And the RC’s aggression on immigration is only the latest of its disruptions to good governance. Being a conservative often means being tough, being more like a father than a mother, insisting on standards and expectations, and even punishing people at times. But the RC is pure, Democrat populism. Pageantry and compassion 24×7. They corrupt the minds of the citizens who need some resolve to keep this country on track. I will not pretend not to notice how wicked and corrupting this church is.

Let’s hope our own LadyK will do better than Lopez if she gets around to it. I’m sure she will.

My view on this issue is plain: If Jesus has a Magic Money Tree from which He can pluck dollars any time He wants, I’m all for the international socialization of poverty. And that’s exactly what it is when the Catholic bishops — or anyone else — expects American citizens to pay for illegal aliens from another country.

But money doesn’t grow on trees. People have to work for it. There is no Magic Money Tree. Those dollars are taken from hard-working Americans to give to illegal aliens. This is just another case of the self-aggrandizement of the Catholic bishops who don’t have to pay for their “good works.” They simply force others to through socialist means.

Concerns for Mexicans is all fine and well. But the Catholic Church can just as easily share that concern (and the accompanying private charity) in Mexico. There is no inherent or logical reason that this charity must be socialized and thus force hard-working legal American citizens to pay the bills for illegal aliens.

I’m not a Christian. Nor do I play one on TV. But as with everything regarding the Left, everything it touches it degrades and makes worse. There’s an idea in Matthew 7:14 that seems relevant: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

I don’t think Catholics, Protestants, or Jews who stump for socialism via their religion are even within a stone’s throw of that gate.

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18 Responses to I Would Be All For Marxist Christianity if Jesus Had a Magic Money Tree.

  1. RobL_V2 RobL_V2 says:

    Thanks Brad for the link, read the article and K Lo’s commentary and was immediate compelled to add my rebuttals.

    ‘I don’t think Catholics, Protestants, or Jews who stump for socialism via their religion are even within a stone’s throw of that gate.’

    Yes – had a battle with a anti Semite troll

    http://twitchy.com/2013/09/13/fascist-matt-drudge-blasts-dianne-feinstein-for-trying-to-define-who-is-and-isnt-a-real-reporter/

    which prompted me to a more verbose response but same sentiment:

    ‘Why do you make Jewish aspersions??
    You know Matt Drudge is Jewish don’t you??
    Pelosi would say the same thing and she is Catholic? Would you cast catholic aspersions? Hillary Clinton would do the same as well, where are your protestant aspersions?
    Clinton, Pelosi, Feinstein do have a religious commonality, they have accept the faith of Leftism, before them there is no other god.
    Have you ever considered its hating morons like you scare people to devotion of false idols?’

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Rob, I’m often surprised by how widespread anti-Semitism is. And it makes no apparent sense coming from the Left. By rights, conservatives should be anti-Semitic (or at least anti-Jewish) because most Jews are socialist. Israel itself is very socialist. Most American Jews (up to 70% or more) vote reflexively for the Democrat Party.

      Dennis Prager has penned a book, Why the Jews, which tries to explain anti-Semitism (and which I haven’t read). And he has many articles that attempt to explain why Jews are liberal and support the Democrat Party, even though that party is anti-Israel.

      Prager wrote a very good article that explains: Why Does the Left Support the Palestinians?. His conclusion is:

      So, why isn’t the left out there leading pro-Israel demonstrations? The answer is as important as it is contemptible. In general, the left does not care about women, independent judiciaries, minorities, democracy, gays or almost anything else for which it marches. That is why the left opposed America’s war in Afghanistan, which liberated women from being treated like animals. Nearly all the causes the left speaks for are noble-sounding covers for its real agenda — the overthrowing of Western, especially Judeo-Christian and capitalist, values. Remember the chant at Stanford, “Hey, hey, ho ho, Western civ has got to go”? That is what animates the left. In psychoanalytic terms, it is antagonism to one’s father and his values. In a commencement speech he gave this year, the former president of Dartmouth College, James O. Freedman, a man of the left, said that the purpose of a college education is “to question your father’s values.” Those of us not on the left believe that the purpose of a college education is to discover what is true and what is good. America embodies all that the left dislikes. It is the most religious of the industrialized democracies (proudly and uniquely Judeo-Christian). It is also the most capitalist. And, what drives the left especially crazy is that with all this religion and capitalism, America is the most powerful force on earth — economically, militarily and culturally. Israel is Little America. It, too, is religious (though a secular state like the United States, it is proudly Jewish). It, too, celebrates capitalism.

      Truly, Michael Savage is correct that liberalism is a mental disorder. I love how Prager put this into Freudian terms. And as I’ve said for some time, liberalism is about staying forever juvenile. Palestinians and others are just a means for some to vent their mental angst. But the truth about actual politics and behaviors, as Prager notes in his article, is so vastly different between Jews and Arabs that the only logical explanation is some kind of weird psychological phenomenon.

      Keep giving those fools hell, Rob.

      • RobL_V2 RobL_V2 says:

        The fool I was responding was a ‘conservative’. Not a real conservative but a xenophobic type ‘right winger’ the Left calls conservative.

        It’s the Left, who I agree is anti-Semitic, which has successfully hoodwinked Jews and Catholics and Asians and women and Christians of ‘conscience’ etal that odious conservatives want to hurt them thus these groups cower in fear and rejoice under leftist benevolent protection.

        Of course real haters are of all political stripes but predominantly come from the Left. Alas leftism though is so persuasive that most of these religious folk have abandoned their religion in favor of leftism and don’t even realize they have become their own worst enemy.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Alas leftism though is so persuasive that most of these religious folk have abandoned their religion in favor of leftism and don’t even realize they have become their own worst enemy.

          That sounds like a mere slogan…and certainly one routinely espoused by Dennis Prager (and also by me). But the more I see of what Christianity is becoming, the more it astonishes me of the truth of it. It’s one thing to sort of intellectually understand a thing. It’s another to really see it and experience it.

          In many cases, people don’t actually believe in God. That is fairly rampant among the higher-ups, particularly the Anglicans. And in some real sense, the entire idea of Christianity has morphed from a Cosmic Redemption of sins to a worldly redemption of environmental sins, supposed social sins, economic sins, etc.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            As I recall, the head of APEC (which is what I was raised as) referred to Christians as “they” when she commented on one of Pope Benedict’s statements a few years ago. As a deist, I’m probably as religious as most of the Episcopalian leadership.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              As a deist, I’m probably as religious as most of the Episcopalian leadership.

              No kidding. As I typically quip, just stay where you are. Don’t move. In no time at all, most of us will be the equivalent of St. Thomas compared to where the rest of Christianity is going.

          • RobL_V2 RobL_V2 says:

            naturally my reply to K Lo was deleted…

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              Oh….geez. Cut and paste here if you still have it. K-Lo is a sweet enough lady. But sort of echoing the Dennis Prager shtick, one can be “nice” but not good.

              A person has to take a stand on these issues. Kumbaya is not enough. You can love your enemy to your heart’s content, but don’t accept their policies.

      • faba calculo says:

        “Why Does the Left Support the Palestinians?”

        I think the better question is, do they? The polls I see (see: http://www.people-press.org/2013/03/19/public-remains-supportive-of-israel-wary-of-iran/ OR http://www.gallup.com/poll/161387/americans-sympathies-israel-match-time-high.aspx) the evidence looks pretty weak for this claim.

        Certainly the left is somewhat less pro-Israel, or at least less exclusively pro-Israel, but the gaps doesn’t necessarily look that huge.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    The basic problem with leftist “charity” (which too many Catholics accept, e.g., the Maryknoller nuns) is that it’s based not on voluntary contributions but on taxation. This is the charity of Ebenezer Scrooge — BEFORE the ghosts visited him, pointing out that he paid to support the various facilities for the poor (which “cost enough” already as far as he was concerned).

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      One of the real challenges that I think organized religion faces is not the old bugaboo of bad things done in the name of religion (which is still very serious). But I think a new emerging one is whether the idea of divine revelation (and a church sanctioned by God) can hold its credibility as the Church (or the church) becomes more driven by quite wordly concerns with quite worldly origins (in this case, Karl Marx).

      I happen to want to believe in God. But I see stuff like this and I just roll my eyes. This is not god. This is man…Leftist man.

  3. pst4usa says:

    Brad, I will wear my religion on my sleeve here, but I think Jesus does have a “magic money tree”, if he needed or wanted everyone to have more or an equal amount of money, we would have it. A lot of “The Christian Church” has lost sight of the fact that it is not about money, and the care of our brothers, is our job. Not something to be delegated to a third party, so we can feel good about ourselves without actually sacrificing anything, or at least forcing other to participate as a way to reduce our burden.

    I have not gone to read the article or the comments, (I am sure I could write it for the nun). But at the risk of giving the left an idea, if we, the US government, need to take care of every Mexican that needs help, (and who defines needs). How can we ignore every poor person in the world, just go to India or Africa, the really poor in those counties make most Mexican poor seem like royalty.

    I know that the Catholic Church does do many wonderful things all over the world, but if there ever was an organization that has a problems with co-mingling of Church and State, Catholics are right up there near the top of the list. I am not sure why nuns are this way, but as a group they are about as far left as you can go. My guess is that they suffer from an over exposure to estrogen. Since they live with, relate to and are surrounded by women at almost all times they are missing out on the balance that the male brings to the equation. They do have priest, but that may not balance out the hormones.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Pat, I’m in general agreement that the Catholic Church tends toward a statist or collectivist attitude regarding politics. I guess that makes sense because that is the general orientation of the church. There are many good attributes to it, of course. Many. But one of the weaknesses is surely collectivism and an over-reliance on authority instead of individual responsibility.

      But it all depends what the point of religion is. For some, it’s just another merit badge, a Cosmic insurance policy. And maybe that’s fine. But one would suppose that the point of Christian religion is not just outer appearances or the earthly status of self-identifying with some group. It’s about changing inner realities.

      The lady in question is not a nun, as far as I know, but their de facto religious writer at NRO. But what I have come to understand that many nuns are now little better than outright socialists.

      • pst4usa says:

        I got the impression she was a nun from someone’s comment above. If she is not, then my nun comments do not apply to her. I will start my self punishment soon.

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