Hypocritically religious House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted out this Christmas message the other day:
At the end of each year, no matter how short—or long—it may feel, there is always Christmas. Waiting for us is that sense of wonder the shepherds felt when the angels appeared in the night sky to herald the birth of a Savior. pic.twitter.com/oFdj7EIyzS
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) December 23, 2017
Fine sentiments, but the denizens of Twitter were not going to let the man who led the fight to destroy health care and reduce needed social services to millions of needy Americans get away with issuing pious platitudes without pointing out his abandonment of Christian principles in his legislative agenda.
Shannon Watts, the founder of the anti-gun violence group Moms Demand, fired one of the first volleys:
Jesus was a brown-skinned Middle Eastern undocumented immigrant. He condemned the greedy and commanded us to serve the needy without condition. He was murdered by conspiracists who preached the rule of a police state over compassionate humanity.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 24, 2017
TV Host and comedienne Rosie O’Donnell saw Ms. Watts tweet and added her own inimitable commentary.
— ROSIE (@Rosie) December 25, 2017
The House Speaker regularly professes his Catholic faith, however, his true devotion is not to the teachings of selflessness that Pope Francis urges him to follow, but to the faith of self-interest that he learned from his beloved Ayn Rand, a heretical interpretation of humankind’s purpose and aspirations that Christ would throw right out of the temple.
Perhaps the comments from people like Rosie O’Donnell and Shannon Watts will help Speaker Ryan see that wishing people a Merry Christmas while destroying the social structures that allow them to survive is a cognitive dissonance that makes all the Christmas carols sound completely off-key.