A friend sent me this. I need add nothing, save, “Hear, hear!”
My grandfather didn’t support racists and fascists before and during World War II. He fought them… he shot them. He followed the lead of his father who was active during the Battle of George Square. Despite his populist rhetoric, the fact is that Trump is indicative of the bosses, their screws, and their un-Christian way of dealing or doing business. Trump deprived his workers or contractors due wages/compensation… a sin according to the Law that so many fundies and Convertadox from those traditions love to, selectively of course, laud. Ayn Rand and the whole of what now is the GOP espouse Greed, an ideology anathema to the Gospel. I’ll not call them Republicans out of respect for the great many true Republicans who opposed such nonsense as they espouse, but rather supported helping the poor, regardless of race or creed. Equally evil is trying to hide behind one’s cassock to deflect criticism of one’s Antichristian anti-Orthodox views. Fact is, the whole history of the Church, its traditions (both big and little T) and Scripture oppose the fascist tomfoolery espoused by the likes of Whiteford, Peck, Hughes, Trenham, and a host of others. You don’t preach the Gospel by supporting Mammon. Period. You do it by recognising that God created every human being in His image and likeness, and admitting that gross inequities in any economic system are an affront to that. St Basil the Great gave his views on that subject in On Social Justice. St Chrysostom taught likewise in his series of sermons called On Wealth and Poverty. Sadly, I think most of the aforementioned clergy, along with too many quislings, ignore them in favour of Ayn Rand, her followers, and their patently Antichristian views. I’ll add in closing that I agree with a few of Hagee’s statements… God’s judgement is looming, but it’s less to do with abortion or gay marriage as opposed to our wilful ignorance of the fact the USA worships wealth and the acquisition of it. Here are a few scriptural citations that show precisely God’s opinion of Mammon and its workings.
Thou shall not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates: at his day thou shall give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and sets his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin unto thee.
Thou shall not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.
And he shall reckon with him that bought him from the year that he was sold to him unto the year of jubilee: and the price of his sale shall be according unto the number of years, according to the time of an hired servant shall it be with him.
Note well that the Mother Church condemns neoliberalism (“conservatism”), neocolonialism, and the inequities of the so-called Free Market. Also, note that most of the loudmouth rightwing konvertsy spit on that teaching of the Church… “Cafeteria Christianity”, wot (isn’t it delicious when you can turn a bigot’s words against them)? HH pals around with Comrade Fidel… Trenham and Whiteford pal around with godless Republican greedsters. One of these things is NOT like the other…