Georgetown University has called out Rep. Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, on his budget which is popular among his colleagues:
Dear Rep. Paul Ryan,
Welcome to Georgetown University. We appreciate your willingness to talk about how Catholic social teaching can help inform effective policy in dealing with the urgent challenges facing our country. As members of an academic community at a Catholic university, we see your visit on April 26 for the Whittington Lecture as an opportunity to discuss Catholic social teaching and its role in public policy.
\However, we would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few. As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has wisely noted in several letters to Congress – “a just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons.” Catholic bishops recently wrote that “the House-passed budget resolution fails to meet these moral criteria.”
It calls for massive tax cuts for the rich, and other massive cuts in programs for the poor to pay for those tax cuts. Obviously, (although you may not have noticed recently) that is not on the religious agenda.
I’m glad this happened at Georgetown, the same place with the Sandra Fluke/Rush Limbaugh birth control fiasco. Maybe it’ll show the Fox News rubes (probably not) that they’re not just shilling for Obama like they think everyone else is who agrees with him on any particular issue.
But more importantly, finally someone is saying the obvious: it’s ridiculous and evil to put forward the Ayn Rand agenda under the auspices of Christian doctrine, or faith, or whatever Ryan the budget fraud is calling it. Georgetown saw this for what it is:
In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love.
Let’s hope the religious left starts to speak up, big time.