Posts Tagged ‘9/12’

The Need for a Defense of Charity Act (pt. 1)

September 9, 2011

The Defense of Charity Act

            The Bible tells me all I need to know about what’s right and what’s wrong.  Some things are good, and God promises to bless the nation that does them.  And some things are wrong, and the Bible says that the nation that does them will be punished.  If we allow sin and abomination to rule our land, we will be smote like the wicked city of Sodom (Ez 16:49).  And what was the sin of Sodom?  “This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.”

How are we to defend our nation, our Christian faith and our very souls from the corrupting influence of these Sodomites and their abominations?  There is only one answer:  we must have a Defense of Charity Act, or DOCA.  As a first step, it can be implemented as a federal law; but if states should try to introduce greed, selfishness, and oppression into our nation by passing state laws that limit aid to the poor, we should force Congress to implement a Constitutional amendment to defend charity.  Now, I know that there are many people in this secular, post-modern society who will fight this tooth and nail.  They will say everyone should just be free to do whatever he or she wants, regardless of the corrupting effects on society.  Many of them follow secular, atheist, foreign philosophers, like the Russian Ayn Rand, who say that selfishness is good and charity is evil and individuals should do whatever they want with their bodies or their money or anything else.  “What business is it of yours how I live my life?  If you want to live in a primitive Christian way and give generously to the poor, that’s your right; go ahead and do it.  But why impose your Christian values on us? We’re not hurting you!”

In fact, though, these Ayn Rand sodomites are trying to impose their secular agenda on the nation, and all of us are suffering as a result.  There are at least three distinct ways in which they are harming the moral majority of Americans:  by changing the meaning of charity, generosity and other essential Christian words, by imposing their perverted values on the rest of us, and by undermining the Christian nature of this nation and bringing God’s wrath down on us.

The Need for a Defense of Charity Act (pt. 2)

September 9, 2011

Changing the meaning of the word “charity:”  I need not look any further than Ayn Rand’s own words:

My views on charity are very simple. I do not consider it a major virtue and, above all, I do not consider it a moral duty. There is nothing wrong in helping other people, if and when they are worthy of the help and you can afford to help them. I regard charity as a marginal issue. What I am fighting is the idea that charity is a moral duty and a primary virtue.[1]

These words from a (probably the) most important political theorist for the so-called conservative movement show us immediately not only how opposed this philosophy is to our Christian heritage, but more importantly how this secular philosophy seeks to change the meaning of my relationship with my neighbor.  The Bible tells us clearly that charity is absolutely the most important thing.  Consider Matt 5:43-48, where Jesus tells us to “be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect;”  love your enemies, do good to everyone, and don’t ask who is “worthy of the help.”  It’s no wonder Rand despised religion!  Her conservative values and the political movement they inspire today are the very opposite of our Christian heritage.  Jesus describes the kingdom of Heaven as a great wedding banquet where everyone is invited (Luke 14:12-24); but today some people want to make it some sort of tea party where only the right sort of people are allowed, the ones who can help you socially and invite you to parties of their own.  The generosity that the Bible says is the most important thing in the world, today’s modern Sodomites want to say is “a marginal issue”!  (Compare James 1:27)

When the Randian sodomites change the meaning of the word “charity,” they change the meaning of my charity.  Charity is supposed to be a marriage of opposites:  rich and poor.  It is not a purely arbitrary arrangement between two people who are basically the same for their own pleasure and convenience; it is based on the differences between them.  The rich are to provide the capital that is the seed of industry; the poor provide the labor, and together they give birth to wealth (perhaps that’s why they call it “labor”).  Without the poor to do the work, there is no wealth and hence no wealthy persons; without the wealthy to hire and pay and invest and develop, there is no work to do, or only the barest of subsistence hunting and gathering.  The economic sodomites claim that the poor are waging class warfare and that they will destroy the rich; but historically we can see that generally it goes the other way around.  This is also what Scripture teaches:

In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor— let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.  For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart, those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord. (Ps. 10:2-3)

Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.  May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.  May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.  May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor…..  For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.  He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.  From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.  (Ps. 72:  1-4, 12-14)

The field of the poor may yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice. (Prov. 13:23)

But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?  (James 2:6-7)

The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor? says the Lord God of hosts. (Isa 3:14-15)

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?  (Isa 58:6-7)

Thus says the Lord: For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals—  they who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth, and push the afflicted out of the way; father and son go in to the same girl, so that my holy name is profaned;  they lay themselves down beside every altar on garments taken in pledge; and in the house of their God they drink wine bought with fines they imposed.  (Amos 2:6-8)

Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts  (James 5:4)

So it is clear from the Word of God that the poor need far more protection from the injustice of the rich, than do the rich from the poor.  There are many passages that speak of the oppression of the poor by the rich, or the wise by fools, or the poor wise man by the rich fool; there is almost nothing of what we hear so much of today, about how the rich are being robbed and oppressed and enslaved by the poor.  In fact, given what the clear Word of God tells us in loud cries and thunderings, we should probably be asking if God hates the rich!  But a closer examination reveals that this too is mistaken.  After all, God blessed Solomon with wealth as well as wisdom.  Wealth is said to come from God, and sometimes poverty is said to come from sloth or dishonesty.  It is clear that the Bible assumes that there will always be economic disparities.  What God demands is that we treat these disparities as opportunities to serve one another, not as excuses to condemn.  Christ said that whatever we do to the least of our neighbors, we do to Him; so the one who serves the poor serves Christ (see Matt. 25:31-46).  At the same time, when the rich one shares with the poor, that rich one does the work of Christ on Earth.  So in the giving and the receiving, each finds Christ in the other.  And in giving with humble generosity and thanking with humble gratitude, each finds God personally.[2]

The Rand-postmodern individualist agenda turns the marriage between rich and poor, ordained by God to be an equalizing relationship bringing the different sides together, into a matter of personal comfort and convenience only.  The relationship that should have been the foundation of society becomes just an idle fancy, and matter of personal individual rights rather than social responsibility—as Rand said herself, and as the conservative Sodomites who follow her in worshipping the calf of gold continue to say.  The entire meaning of “charity,” and “generosity” and “almsgiving” and every other related concept is completely turned upside down.  These people should not be allowed to take the sacred bond of charity from us and turn it into an excuse for individual self-indulgence.  This is one reason why it is so important to have a Defense of Charity Act.

[1] Ayn Rand, interview with Alvin Toffler, Playboy 1964 ( accessed September 3, 2011.

[2] Søren Kierkegaard, “Every Good Gift and Every Perfect Gift is From Above,” in Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, edited and translated by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong, with introduction and notes (Princeton NJ:  Princeton University Press, 1990) pp. 152-153

The Need for the Defense of Charity Act (pt. 3)

September 9, 2011

Imposing their values on the rest of us:  As we have seen, the Bible teaches that wealth comes from God.  God makes the sun to shine on the just and the unjust, all and everyone. As the apostle James writes:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.”  Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.”  As it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.  Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.  (James 4:13-17)

Therefore, God has every right to demand that we share that wealth, and both rich and poor benefit when God’s will is done.   It comes from God, it belongs to God while we have use of it, and all we have and are will return to God.  But that is not what Ayn Rand and her followers teach.  In June of 2011, they came into a Christian school under the name of “The 9/12 Project,” and set up a summer camp for children—-and in a Christian school!—-where they taught children that “”I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to.”[1]  We know from Scripture that God calls this the sin of Sodom (see Isa. 1:10-17), but here they are, teaching the sin of Sodom to the children of Christian parents in a Christian school.  And now they have continued, opening up schools for blasphemy in two churches in Tampa alone.[2]  If they want to practice their sodomy among themselves, that’s one thing; but their agenda is to recruit our children, and they don’t even try to hide it!  And to do this, they are imposing their perverse values even in our churches.  They claim they are fighting government attempts to force them to be charitable; but really, it is they who are trying to force selfishness, greed, injustice and all the sins the prophets warned against on the rest of the nation, by perverting our laws and our churches alike.

This will bring God’s wrath down on America:  Do we want to be destroyed as was Sodom (Isa 1:9)?  The prophets of the LORD call to us with loud voices, or rather with one voice, the voice of God:  The nation that does injustice, that oppresses the poor, that piles up wealth while the weak go hungry, that nation will be destroyed (Isa. 1:23-24).  Ayn Rand’s disciples teach that “Government cannot force me to be charitable;” but it is in fact God that demands it.[3]  This is a Christian nation; why does a minority that follows the teachings of a godless Russian philosopher get to impose its will on us, and bring down all the disasters of God’s wrath?  Shouldn’t our laws reflect our Christian heritage?  Of course they should!   We Christians have fought and continue to fight to make sure that Christian teachings rule here, whether it be that marriage is between one man and one woman, or that life begins at conception, or that murderers should be executed by the state; how can we not also insist that God’s will be done in something that matters so much less, in money?  And yet, while money may mean so little, charity to the poor matters so much.  The Law demands that those who have give some of what they have to those who have not (Lev. 19:10, 23:22; see also Ex. 23:11, Deut. 24:19-22).  It does not say “make the rich poor too;” rather, it demands only that those who have leave what is basically their spare change, the leftovers from their fields, which they can do without but which the poor desperately need.  The Law of Moses also states that the rich shall not charge interest on loans to the poor (Ex. 22:25; see also Deut. 24:12).  And in Lev. 14:21, God lays down the rule that while the rich must pay tithes, the poor are to pay less.  Since at this time the priests ruled the land, those tithes were taxes on the people; and the taxes were higher or lower based on what an individual could afford.  So obviously, it is God’s will that the laws protect the weak, feed the hungry, cloth the naked (again, read the passage about returning a debtor’s cloak), and taxes and tithes are due according to what one can pay.  The government not only has a right to demand charity; it has a duty to do so, a duty to God, and if it fails in that duty it will be swept away like the rebellious rich of Samaria and Jerusalem.

So, to protect the nation from God’s just punishment, to prevent Randites from imposing their values and agenda on the rest of us, and to keep them from changing the meaning of Christian charity into something it is not, I call on our government to pass the Defense of Charity Act.  DOCA is the only thing that can stem the tide of ungodliness that has swept through our politics and our churches.  It is the only thing that can restrain the libertine individualism that threatens to destroy the social fabric of our nation.  And it is the only thing that can heal the breach between the super rich and the vast majority of the country, restoring us to the sort of patriotic community that our Founding Fathers hoped for and God requires.

[1] Marlene Sokol, “Tea Party Group Offers Summer Camp;” June 14, 2011, St. Petersburg Times (; accessed Sept. 5, 2011

[2] Marlene Sokol, “Tea Party Organization Will Offer More Classes for Children;” August 31, 2011, St. Petersburg Times ( accessed Sept. 5, 2011

[3] “Tea Party Group Offers Summer Camp”

Obituary: The Death of the Spirit of 9/12

August 29, 2011

Obituary:  The Death of the Spirit of 9/12

            The Spirit of 9/12 passed away on August 2, 2011, just shy of her tenth birthday.  Witnesses report she collapsed and died on Capitol Hill after choking on a toxic cloud of partisanship, to which she was known to have had a severe allergy. Known most recently as the face for a vast marketing campaign selling 9/12 Project merchandise, gold, survival bunkers and lapel pins, her early career was actually very different.

The Spirit of 9/12 was born, in fact, on September 11, 2001, in the immediate aftermath of the infamous terrorist attacks.  People of all walks of life spontaneously looked for ways to help one another:  at first by actually driving to the site of the attacks to help in the rescue efforts or to support the first responders, later by donating money, blood, volunteering for military service, or by coming together in prayer and mourning to comfort one another.  One of her most significant early acts is perhaps the best illustration of her true character and mission.  On September 14, 2001, Rev. Jerry Falwell appeared on that day’s broadcast of Pat Robertson’s “The 700 Club” and directly blamed feminists, atheists, gays, and all liberals for being complicit in the terrorist attacks that had killed thousands of Americans.  In this, he was not really saying anything new; he and millions of his followers had long claimed that anyone who disagreed with them on matters religious, moral or even merely political was an enemy both of God and of the United States.  This rhetoric was common in the political campaign that had led to the victory of George W. Bush, and in countless political campaigns before.  What was new was that this time, millions of people were shocked and outraged.  Within hours, Falwell apologized.  (This incident is so little remembered or regarded today, but is fully documented in news accounts of the time, such as:

The Spirit of 9/12 was the spirit of e pluribus unum: “From Many, One.”  While the deeds of September 14 may have been the Spirit of 9/12’s most powerful, her words of September 20 were doubtless her most stirring.  As a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, she helped prepare his address to a joint session of Congress that witnessed to the unity not only of our nation, but of the civilized world.  As Bush said, “We’ve seen the unfurling of flags, the lighting of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers — in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. We have seen the decency of a loving and giving people who have made the grief of strangers their own. My fellow citizens, for the last nine days, the entire world has seen for itself the state of our Union — and it is strong.”  That speech went on further to recall the tears and the words of support coming to America from all around the world—-London, Berlin, Seoul, Cairo, from every continent.  The speech recalled how the blood of foreigners mingled with ours on 9/11, making us truly and painfully one.  It even reached out to the Afghan nation, reminding them that the U.S. was the single largest contributor of humanitarian aid before the attacks and assuring the nation that even now, if it joined the rest of the world in seeking to bring the murderers to justice, it would be welcomed in the world family.   The speech was a celebration and an exhortation, both of patriotic unity and international community.  (For a full transcript, see here:

However, shortly after what may have been the high point of her career, the Spirit of 9/12 became embroiled in a long trademark dispute with Culture War, Inc. which resented the use of “Patriotism” by any entity but its own subsidiaries:  Narcissism, Partisanship and Self-Righteousness.  While the Spirit inspired people to dedicate themselves self-sacrificially to their nation, Culture War Inc. told them that the best way to help their country was to buy things and take a tax cut.  While the Spirit inspired people to look for ways to understand others, promoting interfaith study groups and so on, Self-Righteousness sought to prove that “those people” were the cause of all the terrorism in the world. Timothy McVeigh, the Olympic Park Bomber, the KKK, and others were all forgotten in the rush to proclaim Islam the sole religion capable of producing monsters.  And while the Spirit of 9/12 inspired a patriotism that transcended party loyalties, Culture War Inc. relied on a monopoly of patriotism by only one political party.  It soon became clear that while the Spirit of 9/12 had a clearer original claim to patriotism (which is, by definition, love of one’s country, not love of party or even faith—those are separate things), Culture War Inc. had a much superior business model.  Eventually, the Spirit of 9/12 lost the struggle for access to the word  “patriotism” and with that she was ideologically bankrupted.  In the end, she was forced to work for the very group that had so consistently and vigorously opposed her, licensing her name to a merchandising campaign known as the “9/12 Project.”

Today, a spirit that was known for promoting self-sacrifice, unity, mutual understanding and the old idea of “E Pluribus Unum” is now known primarily for its association with the culture warriors.  In all, therefore, we have to admit that her legacy is mixed.  Partisanship, self-righteousness and national division are stronger now than they were before she began her campaign against them, and often the Spirit of 9/12 is cited in support of these very forces.  Her estate will continue to be administered by Culture War Inc. until an heir by familial connection is found.  No public memorial services are planned at this time.  In lieu of flowers or condolences, the Spirit of 9/12’s last wish was that well-wishers should devote themselves to their nation and to their neighbors.