‘The rich rule over the poor’: Ramsey’s II, challenging Pharaoh

Here’s a round-up of some of the recent responses to Dave Ramsey’s recent ugly bout of punching-down at the powerless. Some of this criticism is sharp and strongly worded, but most of it is still far, far gentler than the sarcastic reproach with which Job blasted Bildad when that archetypal fool resorted to Ramsey’s brand of victim-blaming garbage in the Bible. [Read more…]

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‘The rich rule over the poor’: Dave Ramsey, McDonald’s, and the personal salvation of personal finance (part 1)

Credit-card banks and other lenders are scared of Richard Cordray and of Elizabeth Warren. But they’re not scared of Dave Ramsey. They love the guy. No matter how many new ways they concoct to fleece their customers, they can always count on Ramsey to have their back, telling his radio audience that it’s their fault and that their only response should be to cut expenses and pay those new rates and fees in full. [Read more…]

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‘When the wicked perish, there is jubilation’

So, then, media tycoon, televangelist and fabulously successful grifter Paul Crouch is dead. Adelle M. Banks provides the straight-news story for Religion News Service, “Prosperity gospel televangelist Paul Crouch dead at 79“: Paul Crouch, the religious broadcaster who co-founded Trinity Broadcasting Network and was known for his prosperity gospel messages and lavish lifestyle, died Saturday [Read More…]

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8 More Things the Rich Do Every Day

Anti-Jubilee preacher Dave Ramsey just helped Tom Corley’s list of “20 Things the Rich Do Every Day” to go viral on the Internet. Corley might as well have called this list: “A Rich Guy Finds 20 Different Ways to Accuse the Poor of Being Lazy.” In the spirit of that nasty piece of kick-’em-while-they’re-down trash, here are “8 More Things the Rich Do Every Day.” [Read more…]

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Worth 1,000 words: The awful state of American evangelical Christianity after Billy Graham

This is evangelical Christianity in America in 2013. White. Rich. Right-wing. Dishonest. Predatory. Outwardly pious, inwardly corrupt. [Read more…]

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No, private charity can’t handle it alone

Whenever someone has the gall or the ignorance or the cruelty to suggest that public efforts and the government safety net should be eliminated and replaced with private charity, that person should be forced to go and talk to the people actually working for actual private charities. They should be forced to go an look into the face of the local food bank’s director to see the look of despair there as they contemplate the impossibility of serving the people they serve if there wasn’t also SNAP (“food stamps”) and WIC and SSI and TANF. [Read more…]

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Hell and soteriology Part 1: Bill O’Reilly’s accidental insight

Candida Moss does not euphemize or equivocate about what the text says that Jesus said or that Jesus said this as a direct assertion of fact. Jesus said that if you don’t give away your wealth to help the poor, then you will go to Hell. Period. As Keith wrote, Bill O’Reilly’s reaction was typical of “almost all readers of this story … surely that’s not what he really meant.” [Read more…]

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Scenes from the class war

Even Capuchin monkeys demand equal pay for equal work (and Capuchins, remember, have taken a vow of poverty). Plus other links involving the ongoing war on the poor, including: Fast food workers who can’t afford fast food, care workers pay shows what we really think of the elderly, banks still stealing houses with a shrug — and no legal repercussions, unknown ingredients, chemical accidents and what we don’t know because of who isn’t allowed in the room. [Read more…]

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