Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Extreme Makeover - Home Edition is Immoral

What are we told to do when we see a panhandler in the street? The official answer is point them in the direction of a charity aided center and then go home and make a donation to that charity.

What does the ABC show, Extreme Makeover effectively do? They scour the country for the most pathetic family in America that are in genuine need of help, and turn them into a Barnum and Bailey emotional side show. Let me ask you another question. What about the ‘second’ most pathetic family? O the third? Or the fourth? They get nothing, and they’re still out there in the real world.

Wouldn’t it be great if all the corporations, companies, and people donated to organizations that helped ALL families in need, not just the most photogenically pitiable? This approach may be accused of being “socialist”, (shhhhh! – who said that word?), but the blatantly capitalistic approach of ‘winner takes all” is immoral.

What the programs fail to tell their audience is that the ‘lucky’ recipient’s home mortgages are adjusted based on the lavish new property, which has resulted in several of the families not being able to keep up with the payments. As a result, many are now facing foreclosure.

This has many parallels with organized religion and the Faith Based Initiatives. They take all the credit for charitable giving, but of course as long as you’re not homosexual, a woman in need of certain legal medical help, (contraception, abortion), or simply don’t believe in the same invisible man in the sky that they do, or don’t believe in ANY invisible man in the sky for that matter, then everything’s fine! Isn’t this more a display of the failure by our secular government than the ‘success’ of religions?

I was in Washington DC recently and went to the National Archives Building and read the 1st Amendment out loud. It said, “Congress shall make no law respecting and establishment of religion”. It didn’t say, “Congress shall make no law respecting and establishment of religion unless Congress can’t be bothered to help its people – then its okay”.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. It's as if Karl Marx himself posted this from the grave.