Friday, March 13, 2009

Is Christianity "too big to fail"?

The Oklahoma House has passed state Rep. Mike Ritze's bill to erect a Ten Commandments monument on the State Capitol grounds. I assume this bill now goes to the State Senate.

I would like to ask these Republicans who are such fervent supporters of government intervention in religion - people like Ritze, Rep. Sally Kern, Rep. Todd Thomsen and Senator Randy Brogdon - if they think their pet flavor of Christianity is "too big to fail" and should be exempt from competing with other interpretations and religions on a free and open market. I know from personal experience that some* of the people who complain the loudest about corporate welfare and who decry things like the Bricktown Bass Pro as socialism - yes, I'm referring to Charlie Meadows - are the first to claim that religion needs exactly the same kind of government favoritism. How is this NOT welfare for religion?

Why do these people think that private industry should stay private and be able to get along without the government's help, but religion shouldn't? Government should get out of business but not out of religion?

There's a word for that - that word is hypocrisy.

This is why Ayn Rand always asserted that she was not a conservative. Remember also that she said there should be complete separation between the state and the economy in the same manner and for the same reasons as the separation between church and state.

(*Yes, I know I am one of the people who complained about the Bricktown Bass Pro: I said some of the people, not all of them.)

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