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Catholicism in Latin America Morphs into
Catholic countries down and one continent to go as the people of Uruguay
elect an avowed socialist as their new Presidente. Sound like a conflict of
moral philosophies? Not hardly.
As Ayn Rand stated years ago and I have stated over and over in these
pages, there is no philosophical difference between Catholicism -- Judeo
Christianity -- and socialism. Both rest upon the altruistic philosophy of
the collectivist state (or church) vs. the individual. Both preach the
subordination of individual rights to the so-called "public good" or
"society." Both are anti-free market capitalism and both always lead down
the road to economic serfdom.
Ironically, in the end, the major altruistic religions will merge into
altruistic socialism; collectivist Catholicism will morph into socialist
Need empirical proof?
Six highly Catholic countries in Latin America just voted yes for
socialism. Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and now Uruguay
have joined Castro's once-Catholic Cuba as Marxian socialists. With
sugar-plum visions of Economic Disneyland dancing in their heads, the
Christian socialists of Latin America stick their wrists out to receive
their economic chains from their newly elected dictators who promise, as
always, a free taco in every pueblo.
North America is not far behind. And for the same reason. In fact, it's
almost laughable to hear U.S. Christian socialists such as Prez Bush, Bill
O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Ann Coulter attempt to support individual
freedom and free market capitalism with their contradictory bible-banging
philosophy. Pres Bush preaches individual freedom and free markets and then
pushes a billion dollar faith-based welfare program via churches, deficit
finances a national health care fiasco ($700 billion), and introduces a
national government education program called Leave No Child Behind.
O'Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter want to subordinate a woman's individual
rights to her own body to a double-edged sword of power-of-attorney to the
state for her unborn fetus, defining the start of life according to their
Catholic views. The Religious Right is worse than the left Liberals because
the bible bangers pretend to support individual freedom and the free market
while undermining it at its basic moral philosophical level.
note: Rights refer to socio-political-economic rights. The fetus is not
independent from its mother, and thus has no more independent rights than
the mother's left elbow. It is absurd for the state to assume
power-of-attorney for a woman's fetus or left elbow and bio-technology may
well bring this very issue into question in the near future since,
theoretically, the DNA in all somatic cells are capable of reproducing into
a total human being or portions thereof. Whose private property rights are
being infringed upon? The woman's? The collectivist state? This is not
idle chatter and you may soon be forced to confront this issue. Be careful
of the legal precedent you ask for. You may just get it. Note that China
assumes power-of-attorney for an unborn fetus -- subordinating the
individual rights of the mother to the state -- and forces thousands of
Chinese women every year to undergo forced abortions. American bible
bangers forget that pro-choice means the right to choose, not advocating
abortions. And, of course, Libertarians do not support state finances for
abortions since that would force others to finance morality they do not
again, the moral philosophy of our major religions is no different than the
moral philosophy of socialism. Note that it was not Jesus or Muhammad who
preached the current collectivist moral philosophies of our major
religions. It's mankind, church and state politicians, who have twisted
original meanings to suit their Divine Right of Kings philosophy to rule the
250 years of free market proof and the people of Latin America still
don't get it. That's OK. Neither do the U.S. Congress and most Norde
Americanos. There's only a thin piece of paper standing between us and
them: the Bill of Rights, and that's slowly being ripped to shreds in favor
of both major U.S. political parties' philosophy of altruistic statist-collectivism.
In Latin America, Catholicism has finally morphed into socialism, as
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