"Crypto-Cultists" and "Cranks": The Video Paul Ryan Hoped Would Go Away
Many evangelical Christians, especially politically conservative ones, might be shocked by the tenor of the attack that "Born Again" author and Christian conservative icon the late Charles Colson -- who was deeply respected and beloved by many on the evangelical right -- recently launched against Ayn Rand and her followers in the GOP: especially because among those ranks, Colson indicated, was Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. Colson noted his friend William F. Buckley's effort to purge such "crypto cultists" and "cranks", including Ayn Rand and her followers, from the conservative movement. Colson's words carried great weight, and he was not the only one among influential Christian conservative voices to make such charges.
One prominent Catholic-affiliated journal accused Rand's followers of being a "satanic cult" and suggested they might as well give away copies of The Satanic Bible instead of Rand's Atlas Shrugged. My 3 and 1/2 minute video featuring Colson's attack on Rand, and Paul Ryan's statements praising her writing, follows up on yesterday's post of mine which covered such attacks, from the evangelical right, on Ayn Rand and her followers.
My post also went briefly into the widely noted similarities between Ayn Rand's ideas and Anton LaVey's philosophy of satanism). The video features footage from the late Charles Colson, Paul Ryan, and Ayn Rand, and quotes from Anton LaVey. Below the video is also the quote base that I included with yesterday's story.
"I give people Ayn Rand, with trappings"
--- Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan (to Kim Klein of the Washington Post, 1970), as cited on page 2 of Contemporary Religious Satanism: A Critical Anthology, by Jesper Aagaard Peterson (Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2009)
"Ayn Rand, more than anyone else, did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism."
--- Congressman Paul Ryan, 2009 official Ryan For Congress video ad.
Mike Wallace: "You are out to destroy almost every edifice of the contemporary American way of life, our Judeo-Christian religion, our modified government regulated capitalism, our rule by majority will. Other reviews have said you scorn churches and the concept of God. Are these accurate criticisms?"
Ayn Rand: "Yes. I am the creator of a new code of morality."
--- Mike Wallace 1959 CBS interview with Ayn Rand
"Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, is an acknowledged source for some of the Satanic philosophy as outlined in The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey... Satanism has far more in common with Objectivism than with any other religion or philosophy. Objectivists endorse reason, selfishness, greed and atheism. Objectivism sees Christianity, Islam and Judaism as anti-human and evil. The writings of Ayn Rand are inspiring and powerful."
--- from the essay Satanism and Objectivism, republished on the website of the Church of Satan
"My great friend, the late Bill Buckley - one of his greatest contributions to modern conservatism was his effort to purge it of cranks and crypto-cultists and for Buckley, Ayn Rand and her followers certainly fit that description... [Ayn Rand's] patently anti-Christian ideas seem to be gaining steam... powerful committee chairmen on Capital Hill make their staffers read her tracts."
--- former Nixon Administration member Charles Colson, May 2011 installment of his "Two Minute Warning" video series, titled Atlas Shrugged and So Should You
"I just want to speak to you a little bit about Ayn Rand and what she meant to me in my life and [in] the fight we're engaged here in Congress. I grew up on Ayn Rand, that's what I tell people..you know everybody does their soul-searching, and trying to find out who they are and what they believe, and you learn about yourself.