"Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas John Paprocki says that any Catholic who votes for a Democrat very well may go to Hell, because a vote for any member of a party that supports sin makes the voter 'morally complicit.' Paprocki names the Log Cabin Republicans and 'pro-choice' (scare quotes his) Republicans as 'equally as wrong as their Democratic counterparts.'”
Then why are only Democratic voters going to hell? Besides, the claim cannot be true: they will only go to Purgatory, a place invented so that Roman Catholic priests in Mexico from Cortez to Calles could unburden the serfs (indigenous people) of their hard-earned centavos. Hitchens discusses indulgences in god is Not Great. Why would a good and all-powerful god put your loved ones in a special cyberspace where they must remain until the guy in a black suit and a little white collar takes your money to download them into God's hard drive?
And speaking of moral complicity, why do many thousands flock to the cathedrals each Sunday putting money in a plate so that child molesters would be given new parishes upon the discovery they have porked some acolyte or choir boy and, O.J.-like, forced civil litigation to redress grievances. If the coffers are running on empty it is because of the pay-outs to hopelessly-damaged young men who, if they remember the obscenities at all, feel lost in some horror movie. The current occupant of Castel Gondalfo knew all about the pedophile priests and did nothing to stop it. He had a U.S.-Vatican treaty to hide behind and he covered up lies and secrets and is thus guilty of obstruction of justice.
Yes, there we go, the unacceptable notion of socialism. Any thinking person knows that is not the same as communism. The thought of the Russian people struggling to get decent working conditions and wages, and the people who worked for Carnegie being shot down like invading wolves, or the miners of my part of the country trying to get safety improvements and better wages, and we still fight that ancient battle of those who own capital, who are few, and those who own labor, who are many, can't seem to find a balance where all parts of a culture flourishes.
Again, I remember the great expositions after WWII and the movies that came out showing all the ways people would work fewer hours and make a living wage. There would be homes and chickens in pots, and shiny new cars and all kinds of electrical appliances to make homemaking drudgery easier. It was just a pipe-dream cooked up to dazzle workers to work hard and they, too would prosper. Well, there is a whole lot more to prospering than working hard.
Arrogance, hubris, control, domination, exploitation, these are the things I read when I read Luke 19:27