Larry Pratt, director of the insanely far right Gun Owners of America, shows off his cafeteria Christianity by declaring that welfare is “unbiblical.” Why does anyone think this is a rational argument against something? Religious freedom is also unbiblical, but we still have it.
So much absurdity in such a short space. First of all, the Bible has dozens and dozens of verses about the importance of taking care of the poor, and no there is no such distinction between the church and the state, which were for all practical purposes the same thing in the Bible. Secondly, we don’t have to return to a capitalistic system, we already have one. We have private ownership of the means of production, which is capitalism.
The Bible talks about individual responsibility. There is no place in the Bible whatsoever that talks about the government taking over for my family or for my church, which is where the Bible says charity – welfare, if you will – is to be operated. Not the civil authorities, whose really only responsibility is to kill bad guys and scare the rest of them to death.
It’s crucial for the cause of freedom if we continue to allow the government to glow a class of dependents, then you know what’s going to happen. Dependents don’t believe in, don’t want to bother, at a minimum, providing for themselves, really, in any which way. And it is they who will vote against freedom and against the right to keep and bear arms, among many other of our freedoms. So the gun owner has a dog in this fight. We had better come alongside of those economic conservatives that are making the arguments that Austin Hill is making in ‘The Virtues of Capitalism,’ and make sure we return to a capitalistic system.