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Ryan Accuses Obama Of Compromising ‘Judeo-Christian’ Values

Ryan Accuses Obama Of Compromising ‘Judeo-Christian’ Values

On a conference call with members of the Faith and Freedom Coalition on Sunday, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan accused President Barack Obama of threatening “Judeo-Christian, Western civilization values.”

According to The New York Times, Ryan made the comment while criticizing the president’s health care policies.

“It’s a dangerous path,” the Wisconsin congressman said. “It’s a path that grows government, restricts freedom and liberty and compromises those values, those Judeo-Christian, Western civilization values that made us such a great and exceptional nation in the first place.”

Ryan’s remarks immediately threw up a red flag, due to certain elements of the political right’s neverending attempts to portray President Obama as a Muslim, a Kenyan, or a terrorist sympathizer, among other “un-American” identities.

Ryan’s dogwhistle campaigning is not unique to the Romney campaign. Campaign co-chair John Sununu has said that the president doesn’t understand the “American system,” because he grew up in Indonesia. Donald Trump, who has raised funds and recorded robocalls on Romney’s behalf, has spent much of the past four years trying to convince voters that President Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery. Even Romney himself cracked a birther joke at a campaign rally in August.

The claim that Obama threatens Judeo-Christian values is especially ironic coming from Paul Ryan. After all, Ryan’s ideological hero Ayn Rand is one of history’s most famous and outspoken atheists. Were she around to hear Ryan’s conference call, she probably would have attacked Ryan for trying “to take us back to the Middle Ages, via the unconstitutional union of religion and politics,” as she once attacked Ronald Reagan.

Furthermore, prominent leaders of Ryan’s own church have denounced his extreme budget plan for undermining Catholic values. In April the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote a letter declaring that Ryan’s budget cuts “are unjustified and wrong,” and urging Congress to “reject any efforts to reduce funds or restructure programs in ways that harm struggling families and people living in poverty.”

Two weeks later, almost 90 faculty members at Jesuit Georgetown University signed a letter to Ryan criticizing him for his “continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few.”

Similarly, at the Democratic National Convention, Sister Simone Campbell — a leader of the Nuns on the Bus — slammed Ryan’s budget as “immoral” for disregarding the most vulnerable members of society.

Ryan’s comments were likely an attempt to fire up evangelical voters, among whom the Romney campaign needs a huge turnout to have any shot at winning the White House. As Ryan clearly realized when he decided to ditch Ayn Rand in favor of Thomas Aquinas, however, the Republican vice presidential nominee is playing a dangerous game when he invites voters to scrutinize his own relationship with religion.

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  • DukeDacat

    Ryan is a stupid little Gimp…………………
    following in the legacy of Wisconsin’s “Tail Gunner Joe”
    The late great esteemed “Commie Hunter”

  • Well the Romney-Ryan campaign’s definitely desperate if their using the “Obama is Un-american” card. Have they ever heard of Freedom of Religion?

    • Or Freedom from Religion for that matter?

      • JC_in_Belgium

        Indeed! Something we don’t often give sufficient acceptance to…

    • stcroixcarp

      I like to tell my conservative friends that there is NO mention of God in the constitution. The most powerful statement in the constitution is that there shall be no religious test to hold office. The right wing conveniently forgets that.

      • ExPAVIC

        Valid Point

        Even a cultist Mormon can be nominated as POTUS candidate.

        Remember, Mormons served as ambulance drivers during WWII due to their status as noncombatant pacifists. Rather strange description for a potential Commander in Chief of all US Armed Forces.

    • Cairndance

      Ryan only believed in Ayn Rand until he was picked for VP! Rand an atheist! Ryan required all of his interns to read her books, it’s on tape! Now he wants to play the serious Catholic! He has a lot of nerve calling out anyone on religion!
      Romney thinks he is destined to save America, it’s in his Book of Morman! If elected I wonder what “Bible” he will be using?

    • grammyjill

      If R&R get in, that’s done.

    • They prefer to call it “Freedom of Christianity.” Same thing, only less inclusive of those nasty “others” out there who might believe differently.

  • Sand_Cat

    What could Paul Ryan possibly know about any values other than his “me-first” Randism?

  • Frank1e

    Romney is just about bearable, but Ryan comes across as overbearing, condescending, arrogant and smug. The clever cloggs act is wearing very thin. If Romney loses this election he may reflect on his choice of running mate with some regret.

    • The country saw how well Ryan handled the naitonal spotlight, he choked in the VP debate, couldn’t answer how the R/R tax plan would be revenue neutral when asked by Fox News Chris Wallace and even felt compelled to lie about his 1 marathon time by over an hour. He has denied that he is a devotee of Ayn Rand but had people working for him read her books. We should be glad he went into politics and not the priesthood

      • grammyjill

        I might not have the urge to slap him in the head if he were a priest!

  • Paul Ryan is being disingenious at best and perhaps just dishonest. His guru was by definition against the values he is speaking of. He was the follower of Ann Rynd…not Obama. What a dishonest phoney. It would be poetic justice if he lost his house seat as well as Veep.

  • JC_in_Belgium

    He is a man with only one “value”: his own advancement. He is frightening.

  • The only person who has compromised Judeo-Christian teachings is Ryan. He openly follows the philosophy of Ayn Rand, and atheist, and tries to be a good Catholic.

    Any Christian who votes for the Tea Party has not only compromisied their Christianity but their own American values. (Ayn Rand was born in Russia).

    • nobsartist

      Ayn Rand-
      “Where do I apply for welfare? Only idiots buy my books.”

  • jnew

    Ryan is the worst kind of NUT JOB. He can put his values, you know where the sun don’t shine.

    • nobsartist

      His values are like his interview history. None.

  • nobsartist

    Considering that this prediction comes from someone who’s work experience consists of working at macdonalds and driving the wiener mobile for a couple of months, like the entire willard the rat show, it carries NO weight.

  • foolsdance

    His own church denounced his plan? Nuff said. Buh-Bye R/R – thanks for playing.

  • One day they are complaing Obama is anti Jews I wish they would make up there mind. Maybe this is the Republician new norm like father like son. I have yet to figure out anything Mitt was in favor of but the pipeline (how much will he make) oil drilling on public land ( how much will he make) cutting taxes on the 1 per cent (how much will he make) a new change (what he will put in his bank account)

  • Skyline43

    His own church can’t stand behind his remarks. He is an embarrassment to Catholics and the entire country. Like Romney, he will say anthing to further his cause, whether it be true or not!! How could two guys be so much alike? They will go down together and then they can ask each other, What Happened!!?

  • Rhiannon West

    Ryan needs to go shove his head in a fish’s mouth.

    • A catfish would spit it out, they don’t the taste of spoiled rotten things like Ryan.

  • irishtap

    The current Republican Party is a collective of unsophisticated , unprincipled and unpatriotic sociopaths; dedicated to undermining representative government. To think the likes of Romney/Ryan is the best they can offer points to a GOP that has given up it’s proud association to Eisenhower and Lincoln in favor of government by machinations of subterfuge and blatant voter suppression.
    We need to begin to push back against the Tea Party and their sponsors in a forceful manner. These people have no integrity or moral compass and, similar to the school yard bully are truly cowards underneath their brainstem fusion to a Stockholm adoration of deceit and FOXING rhetoric. Push back is all a bully understands, and it’s up to us to step on their toes while blasting their sullied grape seed sized brains with unrelenting, justifiable anger and smash mouth facts. We need to display the outrage and indignation we so rightly feel toward these closet plutocrats.

  • Jeansees

    Lying is also not Christian Mr. RYAN!!!!

  • tampajim

    Ryan is a person who will NEVER be VP nor POTUS, he will be lucky to hang onto his house seat. Additionally he is the most arrogant, big-headed, agonizingly pompus prick I have ever seen on a national ticket. What in the world could Romney have been thinking to run with him? The only thing Ryan can do for the ticket is to ensure that the tea party loonies will vote Republican…which is they would do anyway. Christie was wise to not be tarred with the R-R debacle.

    • grammyjill

      He picked Ryan forb two reasons. 1. Romney was in a partnership with Ryan’s older brother. 2. The tea party told him who to pick.

    • Koch brothers gave Romney a big contribution to pick Ryan.

  • turtlewoman1039

    The republicans / tp’s / talibangelists are an EMBARRASSMENT to this country. NONE of them is fit to hold ANY public office where their decisions might impact the lives of others. Mean spirited, intellectually and morally bankrupt, they need to go back to muttering under their breath and leave civilization and the natural world – what remains of them – to the adults with a discernible IQ and compassion.



    Maybe Paulie ought to save his comments and answer moderate Republicans who question his value as to what the GOP has to offer this election.

    Looks like Paulie may be a bigger Etch-A-Sketcher and stand changer that Mittens. Typical since neither one of the pair could give examples of what they would do differently.

    In other words, just another fork full of male bovine fecal matter on their existing pile.