That article is particularly significant because it’s presented as a Labor Day message, and the author is Henry Morris IV, described as Director of Donor Relations at the Institute for Creation Research, and whose name indicates descent from Henry Morris, a founder of ICR.
But first let’s step back for a moment to put this essay in context. There are many forms of Christian communism, including Christian socialism (which is mostly a European phenomenon), and also the Christian left, a term often used in the US to describe people like William Jennings Bryan, Hubert Humphrey, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, Dennis Kucinich, and Barack Obama (or at least his church).
When you add to that Marx’s crazed and long-debunked labor theory of value, the result is frequently a demand for state-enforced income equality, not only between genders and races, but also in an absolute way.
Such demands come from ambitious leaders manipulating the emotions of their starry-eyed followers who are unaware of what their ideas really mean. The result is a fanatical movement for egalitarianism, inevitably leading not only to confiscation and redistribution of property, but also to a variety of other “social justice” regulatory schemes.
We know what you’re thinking: Skip the politics, Curmudgeon! Talk about “The Controversy” between evolution and creationism!
Okay, here it comes — some choice excerpts from ICR’s Labor Day essay. Bear in mind that this is coming from a leading creationist outfit. The bold font was added by us:
The American celebration of Labor Day was established to recognize the important part played by workers in the development of the nation during the Industrial Revolution. Many countries today now hold similar celebrations in honor of work and those who contribute. Yet it is significant that the modern recognition of the dignity and importance of labor largely originated in Christian nations, most especially in England and America.
What will these guys come up with next — a scriptural mandate for labor unions? Let’s read on:
England was the first to pass labor laws in the early 1800s, followed by the first labor unions in the 1820s. The movement spread across the Atlantic to the shores of America, where a multitude of labor groups sprang up to champion the rights of industrial workers.
That’s nice, but if all that stuff is really scriptural, then — pray tell — what accounts for the embarrassing fact that 18 centuries passed before such laws were implemented? Not enough religious monarchies before then?
And yet, one of the great inequities of human life seems to be the lack of a consistent relationship between the diligence of hard work and the reward received for that labor. Some men may work hard all their lives, yet live in extreme poverty. And those who inherit great wealth may see it grow abundantly simply on the interest received from investments. The problem is that perfect “profit-for-labor” equity can never be achieved while humanity’s entire dominion is under God’s curse of bondage to sin and death (Genesis 2:17).
There it is, and it’s not very subtle. Bible-based communism is the ideal (says ICR), and inequality of wealth is a “problem” due to sin. Yeah — there’s no other reason why Walt Disney should be richer than the kid he hires to run around in a Mickey Mouse costume. The “sinful” inequality of outcomes that occurs when all are free to legally pursue their opportunities in free markets, resulting in innovation and wealth creation that benefits everyone — even the poorest — is seen by ICR as being ungodly.
Isn’t it odd that refugees never flee toward nations that enforce the allegedly scriptural goal of perfect equality? Maybe those refugees are all godless “Darwinists” who don’t know what’s good for them. Thank heaven for creationists to show us the truth.
Click over to ICR and read it all if you like, but from what we’ve given you their thinking couldn’t be more clear. Not only are these people anti-science, but they’re anti-property rights, anti-free enterprise, and anti-freedom in general. Ultimately they’re anti-reason about everything. Creationism is just the tip of the iceberg.
This, dear reader, is why we continuously emphasize the virtues of the Enlightenment. Creationists who call themselves “social conservatives” are essentially irrational anti-Enlightenment theocrats. Were they ever to prevail, then life on earth would be hell — as it was in what they think of as the good old days.
So what do we learn from all this? Whenever you encounter people advocating state-enforced communism, socialism, creationism, radical egalitarianism, or anything similar, it’s all anti-Enlightenment nonsense — demanded by people who aren’t right in the head, and who should never be entrusted with political power.
And before we forget — Happy Labor Day!
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