This is what he has to say in it that I think pertains to all societies:
“Only to the extent that a society is concerned for its most disadvantaged members, can it be considered truly civil.”
Keep that in mind when some Libertarian, anarcho-capitalist or other right-wing lunatic says that society is supposed to be looking out for the rich and powerful.
Also keep note that the Catholic Church’s definition of “most disadvantaged” does not include LGBTQ or women.
…but charity has not.
Those pseudo-Christians whose budgets cut support for the poor are the followers of pagan Rome, not Christ.
I think a Catholic diocese in Iowa needs a visit from God. Their historic leadership seems to have denied him pretty thoroughly:
Church covered up priest abuse of 50 Iowa boys
Some very old, one quite new:
“It is no stranger for an atheist to live virtuously than it is strange for a Christian to live criminally. We see the latter sort of monster all the time, so why should we think the former is impossible?” – Peter Bayle
“We know the impression made on people’s minds by the idea that they are fighting for the preservation of their temples and altars … how courageous and bold we become when we fixate on the hope of conquering others by means of God’s protection, and when we are animated by the natural aversion we have for the enemies of our beliefs.” – Peter Bayle
“If the Multiplicity of Religions prejudices the State, it proceeds from their not bearing with one another but on the contrary endeavouring each to crush and destroy the other by methods of Persecution. In a word, all the Mischief arises not from Toleration, but from the want of it.” – Peter Bayle
“The cause of the worst crimes of Christians is repeatedly identified as false zeal, a passion that masquerades as the love of God but that really amounts to politico-religious partisanship mixed with hatred of anyone who is different.” – Michael W. Hickson
Hey, south Florida:
Maybe sell your properties to Trump? He doesn’t believe in climate change, so he’d be the perfect sucker!
KHNL: People keep leaving Hawaii in droves and this year was no exceptlon:
It isn’t because of Hawaii’s high cost of living. Other places are expensive to live in, too.
It’s because of the massive gap between our cost of living and the pathetic excuse for pay in Hawaii.
When I worked here as a technical writer, Hawaii pay for same experience/same work was half what it was on the mainland.
Also, our disgusting – and (in my opinion) criminal and blatently discriminatory – minimum (aka starvation) wage means people have to work two fulltime jobs if they want to eat regularly and live anywhere except on the streets.
(Our continued building of housing for billionaires and corporations instead of real people who live here just makes it worse.)
So, if you had a choice of slaving away for practically nothing, or moving elsewhere with decent pay – what would you do?
Even Mary wouldn’t support the power- and money-mad ones who call themselves ‘Christian’:
Mr Mayor, members of the city council:
You love the rich. They make campaign contributions. They profit mightily from the system you support.
The homeless make no campaign contributions. They are victims of the corruption from which you profit.
They are the daily reminders of your guilt, judgement of your sin, and guaranty of your place in hell.