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To impose a fine on the innocent is not right,
or to flog the noble for their integrity.
Yeah, those poor innocent upstanding rich people, how dare we tax them.
I must have Ayn Rand on the brain lately (poor me), because I feel like this quote, sans context, could go in a list game: Ayn Rand or The Bible.
I think it’s more that the far right has warped words like “innocent” and “noble” to the point that we wind up somewhat suspicious of what in a better world would be a completely noncontroversial statement of “don’t punish people for crimes they haven’t committed and don’t attack people for being virtuous”. :/
I doubt that was the intent, but I can see how it might be used that way.
Rich people? How about people who come home to find their houses boarded up for nonpayment of a mortgage they never had? Or people who have to pay the poor tax on every paycheck because they can’t afford “low balance” bank “penalties” so they have to cash their checks at Wal-Mart? Or people who can’t get a home loan, car loan, or possibly even a decent job because their credit rating was smashed because they imprudently chose to be born without a trust fund in a country without single-payer health care, and then had the sheer gall to get cancer on top of that?
The Bible doesn’t have very many nice things to say about rich people. Seriously, take an afternoon or two and read the Prophets sometime.
I rather doubt that was Fred’s intended meaning.
That was more likely the intended meaning.
I don’t think Ellie was suggesting it was. She was making a joke about how rich evangelicals would twist verses like that.
You must be new to Sunday favourites. The point of the comments section here is to come up with a way the bible can be used to justify being an arsehole.
Oh, okay! In that case, this verse is easy! All those dirty lazy poors are by definition guilty of something, because otherwise they wouldn’t be out there with their hands out wanting food and medicine and stuff. Innocent people are neatly dressed with nice cars and they recite the correct shibboleths.
…and then had the sheer gall to get cancer on top of that?
Nope, can’t be that. Getting the gall bladder removed was my big medical expense.
Oh crap. I miss the point again.
If it makes you feel better, I didn’t know either.
Actually, on more mature consideration, I think different people use the “Sunday Favorites” differently. Some use it as Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart says, and some take it as a basis for some thought about what the verse was apparently meant to say. So it’s all good.
Me either. But I usually don’t read comments on this class of posts, so…
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