I confess to feeling a little bit queasy about the American Values Network’s new video
hoisting Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Rand Paul, Rush Limbaugh, and other GOP
luminaries on the petard of Ayn Rand and her atheistic philosophy of
objectivism. Take a look.
Yes, it’s delicious. But what’s the precise point? In his email announcement, AVN executive director Eric Sapp puts it this way:
Republican leaders are praising Ayn Rand and saying her
teachings inspire their politics and the values in their budget. Yet
Rand not only rejected Christ, but she condemned all those who believed
in him and said his teachings were evil. Our new video exposes the
wolves in sheep’s clothing in Washington. As Rand herself made clear,
people cannot support her teachings and morality while also claiming to
support Judeo-Christian values.
The implication here is that because Rand rejected Christ, her
acolytes in Washington do likewise. They pretend to be good Christians
while advancing anti-Christian legislation.
It’s not difficult to make the case that the Ryan budget plan has a
lot more in common with Rand’s teachings than Jesus’. Yet there have
been devout Christians in the past who have embraced draconian social
policies towards the poor. Call me prissy, but I’d have been happier if
the video traded less heavily in guilt by association with an