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Thursday, August 03, 2006

53 - Battling Phony Right-Wing Christians: What Every Progressive Needs To Know About True Christian Economics

Possibly the largest and most organized, disciplined and effective opposition to the progressive agenda is the religious right.

If you're a progressive, you need to be familiar with true Christian economics, to be able to articulate how far from being in accord with Christian values, right-wing policies truly are.

You have to be able to put right-wing Christians on the defensive.

Some of you may be saying to yourself, I don't want to hear a bunch of religious crap, or any hi-falutin', esoteric theology. No no no. That's not what you're going to hear.

You're going to hear progressive economics 101, radical economics even, dare I say bedrock human morality.

I have distilled Catholic social doctrine into eight overarching principles.

Here is a preview:

1. The world's resources were meant for all to share equitably, so that each individual and people have a sufficient share

2. The market alone can not address all human needs, and its shortcomings need to be addressed

3. The existence of unjust political and economic structures must be recognized

4. Demonization of the poor is wrong

5. We must exercise a "preferential option for the poor"

6. Concrete actions to help the poor, not pious wishes, are required

7- Individual acts of charity are not enough, social political and economic policies must be addressed; and finally

8- These social justice principles and the preferential option for the poor, apply internationally as well, and therefore fundamental changes in global economic structures and practices are necessary.

As part of this presentation, you'll hear clips of various right-wingers who claim to be Christians, espousing positions diametrically opposed to their own religion's values. Pay special attention to the Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity clips, since they are both self-professed devout Catholics, and therefore what I'll be presenting is the official, mandatory teaching of their own church, the one they claim allegiance to, and the one they eagerly trash every day.

Listen to this podcast and learn how to effectively counter right-wing Christians!

Jack Clark 3:33 PM [+]
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Evidently clark is unaware the catholic church is just slightly to the right of marx in idiot-ology when it comes to world politics.
You arguments will bounce off a true conservative like bullets off SUPERMAN.
posted by Anonymous Anonymous  10:51 AM   [+]
That's fine, but if his arguments will bounce off a conservative so easy. Why don't you go ahead and dispute them?
posted by Anonymous Anonymous  7:47 AM   [+]
Why is everyone quick to equate Christianity with catholicism? The two are not the same.
posted by Blogger The Menace of Mosherville  1:59 PM   [+]
Jimmy Carter makes some great points along this line in his book OUR ENDANGERED VALUES. Not the best book ever written, but worth reading for his input on some of these issues.
posted by Anonymous Anonymous  3:28 PM   [+]
Ok 'Satan2liberal', please give us a breakdown of each point and a reasonable arguement for why these are wrong? It is just too easy to attack others.
posted by Anonymous Anonymous  11:51 AM   [+]
The problem in reaching the Conservatives he's referring to is they're sociopaths -- unconcerned with the pain or death of others. A full 4% of humans are in that club. The usual image of who they are is serial killers, but more are just business leaders and politicians. Neither conscience nor concensus is an argument that can be used on them.
posted by Anonymous Anonymous  9:17 AM   [+]
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