As GorT notes below, many leftist Catholics believe that God commands us to structure government to provide for the perceived “needs” of all. In essence, leftist Catholics use government to impose their religious views on others. But it’s OK, because for leftists the ends justify the means.
How is this so different from the wishes of radical Muslims? They believe that government exists to impose their religious beliefs on all as well. We in the West find much of radical Islam abhorrent, from its treatment of women, to its embrace of terrorism, to its intolerance of freedom generally. However, that does not negate the similarity in thought process between the leftist Catholics and radical Muslims. Government exists to impose my concept of God’s will on all others, whether they want it or not.
The difference is one of degree only.
‘Puter puts forth a few brief critiques of the leftist Catholic “I am obliged by God to get my government to care for ‘needs’ of others rather than doing it myself” dogma.
1. Catholics believe in the principle of subsidiarity, in which tasks should be assumed by the lowest social unit able to achieve that task, whether it be individuals, groups of individuals, companies or government itself. Charities nicely accomplished all of what government now does prior to FDR’s New Deal. Charities could do so again, if permitted.
2. Nowhere in the Bible does Jesus command His followers to get the government to help the poor. He commands His followers to do it themselves.
3. Coercion of others to assist involuntarily in your perceived religious mandate is fundamentally un-Christian. Christianity is a religion based on free will. God gave us all free will in order that we may choose to live according to His will so that we can be with Him in Heaven upon our deaths.
4. The notion that ‘Puter must be compelled to surrender some of his wealth in order to benefit a chosen class of people tends towards a collectivist view of wealth. We see that today in the Left’s “fair share” mantra. I’m entitled to what you have, because I think you have enough. Thank me for leaving you anything.
Any one of the above thoughts is worthy of an entire post on its own. Unfortunately for ‘Puter, his brain is too small and his day is too short to get to them all.
Always right, unless he isn’t, the infallible Ghettoputer F. X. Gormogons claims to be an in-law of the Volgi, although no one really believes this.
’Puter carefully follows economic and financial trends, legal affairs, and serves as the Gormogons’ financial and legal advisor. He successfully defended us against a lawsuit from a liquor distributor worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid deliveries of bootleg shandies.
The Geep has an IQ so high it is untestable and attempts to measure it have resulted in dangerously unstable results as well as injuries to researchers. Coincidentally, he publishes intelligence tests as a side gig.
His sarcasm is so highly developed it borders on the psychic, and he is often able to insult a person even before meeting them. ’Puter enjoys hunting small game with 000 slugs and punt guns, correcting homilies in real time at Mass, and undermining unions. ’Puter likes to wear a hockey mask and carry an axe into public campgrounds, where he bursts into people’s tents and screams. As you might expect, he has been shot several times but remains completely undeterred.
He assures us that his obsessive fawning over news stories involving women teachers sleeping with young students is not Freudian in any way, although he admits something similar once happened to him. Uniquely, ’Puter is unable to speak, read, or write Russian, but he is able to sing it fluently.
Geep joined the order in the mid-1980s. He arrived at the Castle door with dozens of steamer trunks and an inarticulate hissing creature of astonishingly low intelligence he calls “Sleestak.” Ghettoputer appears to make his wishes known to Sleestak, although no one is sure whether this is the result of complex sign language, expert body posture reading, or simply beating Sleestak with a rubber mallet.
‘Puter suggests the Czar suck it.