For Those of You on Your Way to Church This Morning…

I don’t agree with MM on a lot of things, nor do I think the gov is the answer to our health care problems… but I enjoy the following..

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Michael Moore: For Those of You on Your Way to Church This Morning…

Friends,

I’d like to have a word with those of you who call yourselves Christians (Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Bill Maherists, etc. can read along, too, as much of what I have to say, I’m sure, can be applied to your own spiritual/ethical values).

In my new film I speak for the first time in one of my movies about my own spiritual beliefs. I have always believed that one’s religious leanings are deeply personal and should be kept private. After all, we’ve heard enough yammerin’ in the past three decades about how one should “behave,” and I have to say I’m pretty burned out on pieties and platitudes considering we are a violent nation who invades other countries and punishes our own for having the audacity to fall on hard times.

I’m also against any proselytizing; I certainly don’t want you to join anything I belong to. Also, as a Catholic, I have much to say about the Church as an institution, but I’ll leave that for another day (or movie).

Amidst all the Wall Street bad guys and corrupt members of Congress exposed in “Capitalism: A Love Story,” I pose a simple question in the movie: “Is capitalism a sin?” I go on to ask, “Would Jesus be a capitalist?” Would he belong to a hedge fund? Would he sell short? Would he approve of a system that has allowed the richest 1% to have more financial wealth than the 95% under them combined?

I have come to believe that there is no getting around the fact that capitalism is opposite everything that Jesus (and Moses and Mohammed and Buddha) taught. All the great religions are clear about one thing: It is evil to take the majority of the pie and leave what’s left for everyone to fight over. Jesus said that the rich man would have a very hard time getting into heaven. He told us that we had to be our brother’s and sister’s keepers and that the riches that did exist were to be divided fairly. He said that if you failed to house the homeless and feed the hungry, you’d have a hard time finding the pin code to the pearly gates.

I guess that’s bad news for us Americans. Here’s how we define “Blessed Are the Poor”: We now have the highest unemployment rate since 1983. There’s a foreclosure filing once every 7.5 seconds. 14,000 people every day lose their health insurance.

At the same time, Wall Street bankers (“Blessed Are the Wealthy”?) are amassing more and more loot — and they do their best to pay little or no income tax (last year Goldman Sachs’ tax rate was a mere 1%!). Would Jesus approve of this? If not, why do we let such an evil system continue? It doesn’t seem you can call yourself a Capitalist AND a Christian — because you cannot love your money AND love your neighbor when you are denying your neighbor the ability to see a doctor just so you can have a better bottom line. That’s called “immoral” — and you are committing a sin when you benefit at the expense of others.

When you are in church this morning, please think about this. I am asking you to allow your “better angels” to come forward. And if you are among the millions of Americans who are struggling to make it from week to week, please know that I promise to do what I can to stop this evil — and I hope you’ll join me in not giving up until everyone has a seat at the table.

Thanks for listening. I’m off to Mass in a few hours. I’ll be sure to ask the priest if he thinks J.C. deals in derivatives or credit default swaps. I mean, after all, he must’ve been good at math. How else did he divide up two loaves of bread and five pieces of fish equally amongst 5,000 people? Either he was the first socialist or his disciples were really bad at packing lunch. Or both.

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com

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3 Responses to For Those of You on Your Way to Church This Morning…

  1. NEPT says:

    I saw a short interview Wolf Blitzer (or whatever the heck the CNN guy’s name is) did with MM a few days ago, and I have to admit some of what he said made some sense, although Wolf posed the rhetorical question of “how can capitalism be so bad if you’ve (MM) made so much money off the poor suckers who’ve gone to see your documentaries,” LOL (I’m paraphrasing here). I mean, would MM give all his “capitalistic profit” he has made through documentaries lamenting the system to the poor and follow Christ?” Not sure.

    For me, it goes back to my comment on a previous post about all “sides” follow crooked paths, so we must have oil enough to mine the gems from the clay.

    On a lighter note, the beginning of his letter (“Would Jesus be a capitalist?” Would he belong to a hedge fund? Would he sell short?”) reminds me of an old Ray Steven’s song entitled “Would Jesus Wear a Rolex”. The song is a great parody of TV evangelists and the like.

    Lyrics

    Woke up this mornin’, turned on the t.v. set,
    there in livin’ color, was somethin’ I can’t forget.
    This man was preachin’ at me, yeah, layin’ on the charm
    askin’ me for twenty, with ten-thousand on his arm.
    He wore designer clothes, and a big smile on his face
    tellin’ me salvation while they sang Amazin’ Grace.
    Askin’ me for money, when he had all the signs of wealth.
    I almost wrote a check out, yeah, then I asked myself

    (chorus)

    Would He wear a pinky ring, would He drive a fancy car?
    Would His wife wear furs and diamonds, would His dressin’ room have a star?
    If He came back tomorrow, well there’s somethin’ I’d like to know
    Could ya tell me, Would Jesus wear a Rolex on His television show.

    Would Jesus be political if He came back to earth?
    Have His second home in Palm Springs, yeah, and try to hide His worth?
    Take money, from those poor folks, when He comes back again,
    and admit He’s talked to all them preachers who say they been a talkin’ to Him?

    (chorus)

    Just ask ya’ self, Would He wear a pinky ring,
    Would He drive a fancy car?
    Would His wife wear furs and diamonds, would His dressing room have a star?
    If He came back tomorrow, well there’s somethin’ I’d like to know:
    Could ya tell me, would Jesus wear a Rolex,
    Would jesus wear a Rolex
    Would Jesus wear a Rolex
    On His television show-ooh-ooh?

  2. LOL great song… don’t remember ever hearing it.

  3. NEPT says:

    Well then, along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I suggest you check out a few of Ray Stevens’ albums, LOL!

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