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Social Security: A great defeat for Christianity

May 1, 2012

Social Security: A great defeat for Christianity

Dorothy Day, founder of Catholic Worker

Dorothy Day got it right.  Too few Christians today even believe this, let alone risk ostracism for saying this.

McGurn: Paul Ryan’s Cross to Bear – WSJ.com “Paul Ryan shocked the gentle souls at Georgetown University when he traveled up to their campus last Thursday and said: “We believe that Social Security legislation, now billed as a great victory for the poor and for the worker, is a great defeat for Christianity. It is an acceptance of the idea of force and compulsion.” The Wisconsin Republican went on to lament that “we in our generation have more and more come to consider the state as bountiful Uncle Sam,” and that citizens justify what they get from the state by saying, “We got it coming to us.” Sure sounds like Mr. Ryan was channeling Ayn Rand. Except for one thing. The words are not Mr. Ryan’s. They come from a 1945 column by Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker, in which she complained about how state intervention limits personal freedom and responsibility. Day’s skepticism about government was reflected in her nickname for it: “Holy Mother State.” ” [My emphasis.]  http://on.wsj.com/JnsIyD

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