Nuggets of Wisdom

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

PZ Myers Butthurt Over Rick Warren

During an interview on ABC’s This Week, evangelical pastor Rick Warren, author of the bestselling Purpose Driven Life, stressed the importance of helping the poor by providing jobs rather than merely offering handouts.

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Well certainly the Bible says we are to care about the poor. There’s over 2,000 versus in the Bible about the poor. And God says that those who care about the poor, God will care about them and God will bless them. But there’s a fundamental question on the meaning of “fairness.” Does fairness mean everybody makes the same amount of money? Or does fairness mean everybody gets the opportunity to make the same amount of money? I do not believe in wealth redistribution, I believe in wealth creation.

The only way to get people out of poverty is J-O-B-S. Create jobs. To create wealth, not to subsidize wealth. When you subsidize people, you create the dependency. You – you rob them of dignity. The primary purpose of government is to keep the peace, protect the citizens, provide opportunity. And when we start getting into all kinds of other things, I think we – we invite greater control. And I’m fundamentally about freedom.
So in order to alleviate poverty, rather than merely offering temporal relief through charity or government programs, we as a society should promote an economic environment that helps create jobs that allow the poor to work their way out of poverty? What is this, social darwinism? (Rolls eyes.)

As can be expected, this bit of common sense caused epidemic butthurt on the left-wing blogosphere, sending the wambulance through its rounds of Mother Jones and the Daily Kos. And who else fell victim to libtarded butthurt? None other than everyone’s favorite libertarian-hating atheist PZ Myers:
So it’s come to this. Modern Christians happily interpret away the egalitarian message of the New Testament — perhaps the one salvageable bit of compassion in the whole Bible — to now denounce charity as robbing the poor of dignity. Even a wicked atheist like myself can see how Warren has completely distorted his own holy book.
Go figure, folks: the same biology professor who can’t tell the difference between a fetus and a turd also can’t tell the difference between charity and ineffectual government boondoggles!

I highly doubt that Warren—who has spawned numerous charitable organizations including “Acts of Mercy” and “PEACE”—is against charity. What he, I, and many other libertarian-minded individuals are against—and this is the most important part—is the government getting involved with charity—which isn’t really charity as they are boondoggles. Rather than create a “Great Society,” government programs spawned by the “War on Poverty” have done more harm than good.

You’d think that a “skeptic” like Myers would be able to critically analyze his own economic beliefs and realize that wealth redistribution—be it through communism, socialism, or welfarism—has never helped the poor and needy, as opposed to the increased living standards created through increased capital spawned by the free market. But then again, you’d think a biology professor would be able to tell the difference between the unborn child and a piece of crap. That’s just setting expectations way too high.