Asshole of the Day for January 2, 2014: Ken Langone
by TeaPartyCat ()
Pope Francis has been emphasizing the Jesus of the New Testament, you know the one who hung out with the poor and downtrodden and stopped the self-righteous from stoning sinners. And it’s making some people uncomfortable. Social conservatives who’ve spent the last decade focused only on keeping gays and women from having sex are shocked to find the Pope deemphasizing that message for one about helping the poor. But it’s the rich capitalists and their apologists who are most disturbed— they are upset that the Pope said that “trickle-down economics” not only doesn’t work, but isn’t consistent with Christ’s teaching. Ouch!
Billionaire Ken Langone is really upset, but rather than argue with the Pope’s statements on their merits, he just wants to shut him up:
Billionaire Home Depot founder Ken Langone has a warning for Pope Francis.
A major Republican donor, Langone told CNBC in a story published online Monday that wealthy people such as himself might stop giving to charity if the Pope continues to make statements criticizing capitalism and income inequality.
Langone said he was worried the Pope’s comments about an “exclusionary” “culture of prosperity” that may make some of the rich “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.”
It takes a real asshole to try to bully the Pope with threats to withhold donations, and is perhaps even misguided since this Pope doesn’t live in the palace or go around in Prada shoes. That he’s bullying the Pope over preferring the poor to the rich, which is so clearly Jesus’s message in the Gospels, well, that’s what makes Ken Langone Asshole of the Day.
Oh, and one last thought for Mr. Langone: You may want to stop badmouthing this Pope, otherwise people may become incapable of feeling compassion for the rich.
It is Ken Langone’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ken-langone-pope-francis
NOTE: You can still vote for Asshole of the Year through Saturday, January 4.
Clear evidence, in case you ever doubted, that Republicatholics follow the Gospels according to Ayn and Ronald, not the Gospel of Christ.