This just in: Jesus was against sharing your wealth with the poor!

Many of those who have read the New Testament might disagree, but that’s the claim from the Sixth District’s only Congresswoman. According to MNIndy, this was in a documentary called “Socialism: A Clear and Present Danger,” put out by someone called Coral Ridge Ministries. Read it and weep, liberal Christians:

Rep. Michele Bachmann appears in a new documentary by Coral Ridge Ministries called “Socialism: A Clear and Present Danger.” The film questions “whether socialism is the Bible’s prescription for the underprivileged and assesses socialism’s track record in Venezuela, Cuba and elsewhere.” The film’s creators conclude definitively in the first few minutes that socialism is decidedly anti-Jesus.

We have considered digging up quotes from the Bible showing that Jesus was actually into sharing. But you know what? Number one, it would take too long because that stuff is everywhere in the New Testament. Have a loaf and a fish; we got plenty. Number two, doing that would fail to address the bigger problem with the idea behind this documentary, which is the insistence that “socialism” means “social safety net provided by the government.” Republicans can keep saying this, but dictionaries don’t say it and political scientists don’t say it, because of how it is not true.

It would be nice to think that private charity is enough to care for the poor and protect the vulnerable, but in order to think that, we would have to go back in time and unread all the books we read about the Industrial Revolution.

This is of course not even addressing the question of why we should be basing public policy decisions on the Bible in a multisectarian, officially secular democracy.


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