Bigot of the Week Award: July 8

8 Jul

Bigot of the Week

A great mar on our country’s history right now is how we do everything in our power to protect the wealthiest of the wealthy.  Facing a serious deficit, we look to cutting social programs that are needed now more than ever.  We look to blaming women and cutting Planned Parenthood, or look at that shiny object over there–those gays want to get married, rather than look at raising taxes on the top 2% of the population.

So whom do we blame?  Whom shall we hold accountable?  What about those dang poor people? Yes, Senator Orrin Hatch is actually admonishing the poor–now that takes Chutzpah!  Of course, on Thursday, Hatch voted against a motion to begin debate on a measure that would have declared the rich should share the pain of debt reduction. This week’s BWA goes to millionaire, Orrin Hatch. Click here to see video and the full article.

2 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: July 8”

  1. Jennifer Lockett July 8, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Let’s not forget that Orrin Hatch is a practicer of a religion that believes that wealth is equated to blessings from God and rewards for righteousness and thus, conversely, poverty is a punishment.

    “Latter-day Saints view wealth as a blessing and also as a test. The Lord has repeatedly promised his people, “Inasmuch as ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall prosper in the land” (Alma 36:30).

    “Historically, two purposes have characterized Church participation in business: to provide important services to the community that might not otherwise be available, and to provide a reasonable return on the resources of the Church.” [encyclopedia of Mormonism]

    Now, there are equally a number of Mormon scripture that warn against the wealthy:
    “Woe unto the rich, who are rich as to the things of the world. For because they are rich they despise the poor, and they persecute the meek, and their hearts are upon their treasures” (2 Ne. 9:30).”

    However, church culture generally sticks to the attitude that the poor are poor because they are wicked and lazy. Those in the church who are wealthy got that way because they are righteous (ignore the behavior of most of the Marriott family).

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 8, 2011 at 8:12 am #

      Jennifer, thank you for chiming in here. OY! This information makes the story even sicker! I’m not religious, but what happened to “the meek shall inherit the earth?” What about charity?

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