American rightwingers have long been hostile to the “we should help the poor” parts of the Gospels – this week they’ve taken that attack to extremes:
Yesterday, [Glenn] Beck told his radio listeners to “look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. … If you find [them], run as fast as you can. … They are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!”
That includes the Roman Catholic Church.
Glenn Beck continued his attack on “social justice” today, arguing that it entails “a perversion of the gospel” and is “not what Jesus would say”
I would love to see what’s in Glenn’s copy of, say, Mathew 25.
Now, it’s hardly breaking news to suggest that Beck is a loon – but what makes this disturbing is that he’s not alone. There really are people who genuinely think “social justice” is a codeword for villainy, something to oppose. That trying to improve conditions for the poor is not just difficult, but evil. Something to be avoided. That the real issues for a Christian are those Jesus never mentioned – abortion, homosexuality – and not anything to do with the “poor” or any of that nonsense.
And look at how they justify it. The following is a comment on the second link above:
Jesus was not a socialist, he was not a politician, he was the Son of God and preached how we should be good to each other. Yet even Jesus hated and fought evil, and corruption. Concern for your fellow man (and woman) is an important part of being human. Here is the trick, when that concern is mandated by someone else (IE the Government) then it is no longer a personal choice (God did grant us with free will) and thus not part of what God granted us.
Social Justice is a ‘key-word’ for socialism meaning that it is the job of the government to ensure equality of men from cradle to grave. It is not about uplifting individuals but suppressing the masses. WAKE UP! Stop drinking the cool aid.
As a christian I weep for my country and the world. When freedom dies here Satan has won the world.
“Rich” thinks that Jesus wanted his people to advocate for the freedom of poor people to suffer and die in poverty. That the government that represents them and acts on their behalf should NEVER do the things he asked them to do directly. I want you to help the poor – but not collectively! You must not join together to effectively help them! That would be socialism, which I ABHOR!
Somehow, providing decent education or healthcare for poor children becomes “suppressing the masses”. It’s a bizarre, sociopathic worldview. And one that hurts real people.
Remember, these people are a voting block that American politicians – and Australian politicians – amend public policy in order to court.