Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The Nasty Are Always With Us

More from the "building a culture of life" desk.... CWNews ran a piece on B16's support for Make Poverty History. And, just when everything was peachy, one of the commentors had to go and perform the equivalent of lifting up his leg on a fire hydrant. It writes:

Well, nothing wrong with attempting to rid the world of poverty, is there? Except when Bono and the rest of his "we are the world" crowd encourage governments to raise money for his "cause" by increasing taxes on their citizens: Except too, when a myriad of hedonists and Catholic haters appear en-masse for a tidy sum of $12,000 per performance to spew their sybaritical venom, ostensibly in the cause of charity. Two of Jesus' reminders stand out when I see the world (including the pope) go ga-ga over Live 8. First, "The poor you always have with you." Matt, 26:11 and more importantly, "No man can serve two masters." Matt 6: 24: Both of these reminders fly in the face of what's going on with these new band of sensualist crazies. Where has "the world" been as the slaughter in the Sudan has continued over the course of these past twenty years? If I, out of spiritual charity, give to poor, I will do so of my own free will, but don't assault me with increased taxes or by shoving those disciples of sin in my face as angels of mercy at $12,000 per pop.

Boo. Hoo. Hoo. So your taxes go up by .2% or something to feed people more deprived than any of us can fathom. Who ever said that a culture of life comes cheap, sweetheart?

And anyone who dares call Bono a Catholic hater is gonna get the butterfly treatment -- don't go there with me. John Paul even loved the man's glasses.

And if you're crying about putting your money where your faith is (or is supposed to be), then the culture you seek to raise will never happen. Some activism that is.



Blogger Jeff said...

Well, some conservatives may distrust this kind of approach out of innate stinginess and indifference to the poor. But many of us distrust it because we think it doesn't actually help the poor, but hurts them instead. And it makes really helping them harder, because people can feel good about raising a lot of money; their debt of charity is discharged.

I think the title of Jonah Golberg's column today on NRO expresses it well: "Something must be done, even if it doesn't work." It's very interesting to note in this regard that the Cardinal Archbishop of Lagos, Nigeria OPPOSES debt forgiveness, under present circumstances.

So should we discuss such things as people who assume each others' good intentions, or should conservatives just hang their heads in shame and withdraw under fire, despite the fact that they keep having all these nagging questions in the backs of their heads about whether this is REAL charity or just seems that way...?

6/7/05 15:36  

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