But there is no Gospel of Paul, you say. That would be good news, if I didn't already know it. So let's just thank God. For if there were a Gospel of that self-proclaimed good Catholic, Republican zealot, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul (Ryan), it would be all bad.
According to the Ryan Republican led House action yesterday, it would preach cuts to social services for the poor, such as food aid and health care, in favor of maintaining the bloat in the most bloated military industrial machine the world has ever seen. You see, Ryan and his fellow zealots really claim to believe that:
The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven ...
But that if we want to go around dropping bombs, of course we have to make them ourselves.
This is the same interpretation of the Catholic faith which holds that public financing for religious schools should come at the force of law, but that, on the grounds of religious freedom, church run secular service entities should be exempt from the public law governing employee rights.
All of which is as believable as a phony Gospel.