At the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday, Obama argued that his efforts to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, promote health insurance reform, help families with college tuition, and send troops to prevent human rights abuses in Uganda were grounded in his faith. That’s funny, my opposition to raising taxes on the wealthy, socialized medicine, welfare for college students and their parents, and sending troops anywhere is grounded in my faith.
Said the president: “I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make economic sense. But for me, as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’ teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.’” True, but it is God that does the requiring, not the United States government. For more on Christianity and libertarianism, see my ASC lectures “The Myth of the Just Price” and “Is Libertarianism Compatible with Religion?”
Bush, of course, was not any better—talking about his Christian faith while launching two wars. See my analysis of Bush’s Christian faith here.8:06 am on February 3, 2012 Email Laurence M. Vance