Huffington Post has a nice letter from Michael Moore about Christians and capitalism.
I’d like to have a word with those of you who call yourselves Christians (Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Bill Maherists, etc…
You know, because all religions are really the same and teach the same things. They’re all anti-capitalist.
…can read along, too, as much of what I have to say, I’m sure, can be applied to your own spiritual/ethical values).
What if my spiritual/ethical values are capitalist? You won’t try to get me to join you, will you?
In my new film I speak for the first time in one of my movies about my own spiritual beliefs. I have always believed that one’s religious leanings are deeply personal and should be kept private…
“Always believed”-until now of course.
After all, we’ve heard enough yammerin’ in the past three decades about how one should “behave,” and I have to say I’m pretty burned out on pieties and platitudes…
Like telling us that the earth is going to explode if we don’t change all of our lightbulbs…TODAY!
considering we are a violent nation that invades other countries…
So that whole foray into France in 1944 was a mistake?
and punishes our own for having the audacity to fall on hard times.
“Audacity?” Where have I heard that word before…
I’m also against any proselytizing; I certainly don’t want you to join anything I belong to.
This is a lie, pure and simple. Want proof? Watch any Michael Moore movie. Or, read this letter.
Also, as a Catholic, I have much to say about the Church as an institution, but I’ll leave that for another day (or movie).
An anti-Catholic movie? No way!
Amidst all the Wall Street bad guys and corrupt members of Congress exposed in Capitalism: A Love Story, I pose a simple question in the movie: “Is capitalism a sin?” I go on to ask, “Would Jesus be a capitalist?” Would he belong to a hedge fund? Would he sell short? Would he approve of a system that has allowed the richest 1 percent to have more financial wealth than the 95 percent under them combined?
Perhaps if you read the bible, you’d see that Jesus had no money. And, he was way more interested in the Kingdom of God than he was in changing the geo-political systems of the day. But I digress.
I have come to believe that there is no getting around the fact that capitalism is opposite everything that Jesus (and Moses and Mohammed and Buddha) taught.
Everything? Funny, Jesus uses capitalistic analogies to prove a point. Just read the parable of the talents. Or the parable of the man building a house and only finishing the foundation because he did not have enough money. Or rendering to Caesar what is his.
All the great religions are clear about one thing: It is evil to take the majority of the pie and leave what’s left for everyone to fight over. Jesus said that the rich man would have a very hard time getting into heaven. He told us that we had to be our brother’s and sister’s keepers and that the riches that did exist were to be divided fairly. He said that if you failed to house the homeless and feed the hungry, you’d have a hard time finding the pin code to the pearly gates.
I think Michael should take some of Mohammed’s writings and sayings, an de-contextualize them in the same way he does to those of Jesus.
I guess that’s bad news for us Americans. Here’s how we define “Blessed Are the Poor”:
I think that we should stick with Jesus’ definition…they were poor in spirit. As in humble.
We now have the highest unemployment rate since 1983.
Wait, I thought that the stimulus package would take care of that.
There’s a foreclosure filing once every 7.5 seconds.
Thanks to interest-only loans, Fannie Mae and John Conyers.
14,000 people every day lose their health insurance.
Do the math…5 million people per year? Is that on top of the 45 million? Or it is 37 million?
At the same time, Wall Street bankers (“Blessed Are the Wealthy”?) are amassing more and more loot — and they do their best to pay little or no income tax (last year Goldman Sachs’ tax rate was a mere 1 percent!)…
Question(s)…how much money do you have Michael? Do you take advantage of the tax code? When you film your movies, do you get tax breaks?
…When you are in church this morning, please think about this. I am asking you to allow your “better angels” to come forward.
What does this even mean?
And if you are among the millions of Americans who are struggling to make it from week to week, please know that I promise to do what I can to stop this evil —
By making more movies.
Thanks for listening. I’m off to Mass in a few hours. I’ll be sure to ask the priest if he thinks J.C. deals in derivatives or credit default swaps.
Please tell us what he said.
I mean, after all, he must’ve been good at math. How else did he divide up two loaves of bread and five pieces of fish equally amongst 5,000 people? Either he was the first socialist or his disciples were really bad at packing lunch. Or both.
Because socialists do such a great job of feeding their people. Look at North Korea, or Cuba, or the former Soviet Union.