Addendum . . .
About my entry on “Christianity”: It’s important to note that, above all else, Rand disapproved of Christianity because of its core altruism. To “love one’s neighbor as oneself,” just because he is one’s neighbor, was anathema to her. Except, perhaps, for Thomists, Christians by definition embrace the obligation to feed and clothe the poor, which these days Protestant and Catholic churches commonly refer to as social justice. So I was wrong about Glenn Beck. Although a self-declared Christian–he belongs to the Mormon church–Beck is feverishly on Rand’s side when it comes to banishing the notion of an obligation to help others less fortunate than he. In a fascinating story called “Christians Urged to Boycott Glenn Beck” in yesterday’s “New York Times,” Beck is reportedly under fire from Christian ministers for demanding that church members resign if their churches “push” social or economic justice. More strangely, Beck, holding up a swastika and a hammer and sickle, warned darkly that our very freedom of religion and right to “read all the passages in the Bible as you want to read them” is threatened by communistic, fascist pleas for social justice–from Washington–and that we have only another year, if that long, to act. You can listen to Beck by clicking here.
So how does Beck arrive at this analysis? Certainly not from Rand, who rejected God right along with the Sermon on the Mount, the cross, and the beatitudes. I’d love to ask Beck in an interview.