In a brand-new economic theory surprisingly supported by no reputable economist, Bryan Fischer of the right-wing American Family Association has insisted that neglecting our patriotic duty of worshiping god (presumably the Christian god) is what is to blame for economic troubles. As evidence, he submitted an excerpt of the Old Testament, which, unfortunately for his case, has not yet stood up to peer review.
Here’s the video:
I’m not sure the “invisible hand” referred to in economics is god’s, but as I am not an economist, I suppose there is a chance I am wrong.
Raw Story reports on a couple of Fischer’s choice comments:
“If you want a prosperous economy, you’ve got to have a vibrant spirituality,” he said. “When you worship God, you are not just doing the right thing in terms of your relationship with God, you are doing your patriotic duty.”
“It is your patriotic duty to worship God in order that we have a prosperous and flourishing economy,” Fisher added.
The hilarious and sad truth about ideologies like this is first, that they exist, and second, that they are still in the childish mindset of making up excuses for concepts too initially difficult to grasp. Tackling big banks, reforming campaign finance and the filibuster, and revitalizing the middle class are all incredibly difficult goals, but also incredibly necessary. The type of intellectual dishonesty and laziness needed to adhere to this type of thinking is exactly what is causing the right-wing of American politics to become increasingly detached from any semblance of sanity.
Unfortunately, there are a great many of those that adhere to the teachings of this man and his colleagues, as seen on their website:
Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio (AFR) banner.
Also, if worship of the Christian god is needed for economic brownie points with the Lord Almighty, what happened in China?