September 26, 2004

God Wants International Tax

God must "sustain the efforts of the international community" to "eradicate the consequences of poverty from the world" because of the "unfair distribution of wealth that God" himself, "destines for all his children."

Pope John Paul II.jpg

This is the actual, bald-faced admission of Pope John Paul II in calling for the "rich" to prostrate themselves to the "poor." Essentially, God made some people poor but doesn't really want them that way so he manipulates 'the rich' to undo his mistake. (So God is omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent, and omnipotent but he still makes mistakes? Sure, I'll buy that.) And how does 'his holiness' suggest 'God's Will' be served? It's not stated explicitly but we can read between the lines:

"On Monday, the presidents of Brazil and France encouraged 110 countries to back a new declaration to fight hunger and poverty and to increase funds for development. More than 50 heads of state or government joined in a debate at the United Nations on the impact of globalization and on ways to finance the war on poverty." (emphasis mine)

John Paul "noted [that] the Vatican's No. 2 official, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who is the city-state's secretary of state, participated in the debate and pledged the Holy See's support for the initiative."

"The United States didn't join in the pledge to fight hunger and poverty. The Bush administration objected to proposals for international taxes as undemocratic and impossible to implement." (emphasis mine)

I don't know which is more frightening - that the UN is actually holding discussions on the imposition of "international taxes" to fight France's "war on poverty," or that America's best argument against it is that the taxes are "undemocratic" or "impossible to implement." (You can bet that the UN will find a way to implement them, and 'democracy' is the twisted justification for everything the UN does!)

No, America needs to fight this blatant world statism on the basis of objective morality and individual liberty: All charity must be given voluntarily, by choice, and with respect for values.

Forced 'giving to the poor' is a tyranny imposed on individuals by their own government, with their misguided altruistic approval, and in their own name. The extension of this tyranny to the international level would represent merely a natural extension of the same mentality. Those who recognize the absurdity of the latter would do well to examine their opinion of the former.

Posted by JohnGalt at September 26, 2004 09:58 AM
Comments

Don't worry JohnGalt, God is a libertarian!
http://www.samizdata.net/blog/archives/005159.html

And as a Catholic, I can say that you shouldn't worry about what the Pope says.
They can be wrong.

Posted by: AlexC at September 27, 2004 02:55 PM

Thanks for the encouragement Alex. As a rule I ignore the pope, but when he teams up with the UN there's cause for concern.

Posted by: johngalt at September 28, 2004 08:43 AM

Ha! You seem to think that the UN matters.
Look at Darfur, and see what the UN hath wrought... or not wrought.

Posted by: AlexC at September 28, 2004 11:59 AM

Alex, the UN may not "matter" in concrete terms, but it is certainly at the center of a huge ideological gulf and therefore a major campaign issue in this election season.

Posted by: johngalt at October 8, 2004 10:53 AM
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