Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pope Francis and Sonia Sotomayor Help Lead a Backwards World

I feel ineloquently repetitive at this point for saying what I’m about to say, but I’m going to say it anyway…

We live in a backwards world.

The latest examples of such include Pope Francis, who once again took to railing against the evils of capitalism during a Tuesday address. “When power, luxury and money become idols, they take priority over the need for a fair distribution of wealth,” he intoned.

Notice that he didn’t say those pursuits get in the way of pursuing God. Whether he wants to admit it or not, he instead complained that they get in the way of playing God.

And make no mistake: That is what redistribution of wealth is. It is playing God. It is stealing one person’s property to enrich another. It is declaring who has value and who doesn’t. It is determining who deserves and who doesn’t based on authoritarian whims and prejudices. It is claiming a god-size portion of wisdom to deal with an enormously complex issue that no one in the history of the world has been able to solve, and not for lack of trying.

Then there’s Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was asked on Monday why she chooses to use the term, “undocumented immigrants” instead of illegal aliens.

Her response was that the issue isn’t one of broken laws but of regulatory issues, adding that depicting such victims of government ineptitude as criminals is insulting. “I think people then paint those individuals as something less than worthy human beings, and it changes the conversation.”

From what? The truth? Reality? National security?

Perhaps we should then stop calling spray paint-wielding brats “vandals” and start calling them artists. Because it’s not their fault the government doesn’t properly recognize their need to express themselves.

Or how about we stop giving negative labels to litterers, who only chuck their McDonald’s wrappers out the window because authorities don’t provide them with enough trash receptacles along their merry way.

With that kind of logic, it makes perfect sense that young women would demand an end to chauvinism by filming a feminist porno at Columbia University’s Butler Library.

In this backwards world we live in, that makes perfect sense.

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