In the comments section of two recent threads I’ve been having a discussion with Roy, the owner of the Arminian Today blog. He has now referred to that discussion on his own blog but isn’t allowing comments to be made about his post.
I’m saddened by some of the things he says.
An example is this:
We live in a society that has lost its Protestant work ethic (that work is to the glory of God and is rewarded) but now I read that the younger generations favor socialism (stealing from the hard working to provide equality to those who do not work as hard).
The use of the term “socialism” in the quote above appeals to a prejudice that seems to have been instilled in the general American consciousness from the beginning of the cold war and displayed at its worst through McCarthyism. And (pardon the pun) I believe its use by Roy is a “red herring”.
If it wasn’t such a serious libel against so many who are struggling to survive under conditions of extreme poverty, even in the prosperous USA, I would find his definition of “socialism” laughable:
“stealing from the hardworking to provide equality to those who do not work as hard”
Roy said something similar in my comments section this morning, and I gave him this reply:
Don’t you realise that many of those “lazy” are actually working two or three jobs and still can’t earn a living wage? Others can’t find work because the jobs they could have done (or used to do) have been outsourced to other countries. Yes there may be some who exploit welfare but the gains from their dishonesty is not as significant as the gains of the ultra-rich who are no less guilty of exploitation but for massively larger amounts of money than alleged “welfare cheats”.
Many of those he accuses of “Stealing from the hardworking” possibly work far harder than the ultra-rich who can be paid more each hour than most of us would get in a year. It’s sad that their plight and their character should be disparaged in such a dismissive way.
At the beginning of Roy’s posts he describes me as someone who attacks Americans “for various reasons”.
That is a complete misreading of anything I’ve ever written. As far as I’m aware, I’ve never attacked Americans at all, but I HAVE said some strong things against a characteristic shared by many American Christians: an adherence to a blend of patriotism and right wing “conservative” politics, decorated with Christian language and terminology. A political outlook that favours the rich over the poor and illegitimately links itself to Christ to gain support.
I believe the acceptance and even promotion of exploitative political dogma is a serious problem among many of Christians, particularly in America, but like so many trends it is now spreading beyond the USA.