Christians Must Choose: Ayn Rand or Jesus

In March of 2012, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) submitted a budget proposal to the House of Representatives with plans to make cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assitance Program, Medicaid and other safety net programs that would devastate families and the working poor across the country.  Paul Ryan and other prominent GOP leaders have praised Ayn Rand and credited her as an important influence on their philosophies.  But her strident atheism is directly in conflict with the social teachings of Ryan’s Catholic faith and the message of Jesus.  AVN sought to highlight this conflict of values by creating an ad featuring Rand’s beliefs in her own words next to conservative praise for her.  The ad placed first in its category for Best Use of Video for the prestigious Pollie Awards.

See the ad and the coverage it garnered below.


“For nearly a decade Democrats have sought a religious wedge issue that could separate big chunks of white evangelical voters from their Republican home. Now they’ve found it, and are thrusting at the Social Darwinist/Ayn Rand underbelly of American conservatism.”
- Marvin Olasky, “Take A Stand Against Rand,” World Magazine

GOP leaders and conservative pundits have brought upon themselves a crisis of values. Many who for years have been the loudest voices invoking the language of faith and moral values are now praising the atheist philosopher Ayn Rand whose teachings stand in direct contradiction to the Bible. Rand advocates a law of selfishness over love and commands her followers to think only of themselves, not others. She said her followers had to choose between Jesus and her teachings.

GOP leaders want to argue that they are defending Christian principles. But, at the same time, Rep. Paul Ryan (author of the GOP budget) is posting facebook videos praising Rand’s morality and saying hers is the “kind of thinking that is sorely needed right now.” Simply put, Paul Ryan can’t have it both ways, and neither can Christians. As conservative evangelical icon Chuck Colson recently stated, Christians can not support Rand’s philosophy and Christ’s teachings. The choice is simple: Ayn Rand or Jesus Christ. We must choose one and forsake the other.

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Sen. Ron Johnson called Atlas Shrugged “his foundational book.”

Glenn Beck – “Ayn Rand, you’ve got to love Ayn Rand. She’s great.”

Ayn Rand Says:

  • “What I am fighting is the idea that charity is a moral duty”
  • “You love only those who deserve it”
  • “Nobody has ever given a reason why man should be his brothers’ keeper”

Press Coverage

The Gospel of Ayn Rand: What’s Informing Budget Policy – U.S. Catholic

Eric Sapp on his work with the American Values Network – Soul Talk Radio

Take A Stand Against Rand – World Magazine

The “Ayn Rand vs. Jesus” Campaign – The American Thinker

Jesus or Ayn Rand: Can Conservatives Claim Both? – CNN Belief

GOP’s Ayn Rand Problem: Politics, Religion Don’t Mix – Yahoo! News – The Daily Ticker

Does America Need Ayn Rand or Jesus? – FOX News

Ayn Rand vs. Jesus Christ – World

Glenn Beck Changes Mind on Ayn Rand! – Current

Thom Hartmann: To be follower of Ayn Rand – is it necessary to be an atheist? – The Big Picture: Thom Hartmann Program

Glenn Beck backtracks after seeing AVN “Rand vs. Jesus” Ad- The Huffington Post

Christians must reject Ayn Rand, faith-based group tells Raw Story- The Raw Story

Paul Ryan’s Ayn Rand Problem- Time

Column: You can’t reconcile Ayn Rand and Jesus- USA Today

Ayn Rand & GOP vs Jesus- Crooks and Liars

Ayn Rand: The GOP’s Favorite Bonkers Demagogue- The Daily Beast

Is Ayn Rand A Political Liability?- The New Republic

Heightening The Republican Contradictions- The Daily Beast

Is Ayn Rand’s Atheism An Inconvenient Truth?- The Jewish Daily Forward

Budget Battle Pits Atheist Ayn Rand vs. Jesus- Religion News Service

Letters: We have strayed too far from Christian values- East Valley Tribune

Conservatives Must Choose: Ayn Rand or Jesus? – Ethics Daily

Ayn Rand, the GOP and Libertarian’s Foundation, and Jesus- Unsettled Christianity

The GOP Must Decide: Ayn Rand or Jesus- Huffington Post

Choosing Ayn Rand or Jesus- The American Spectator

Must Christian Voters Choose Between Ayn Rand and Jesus?- The Atlantic

Ayn Rand ‘Atheists’ vs. Liberal Christians; A Battle of Dogma- The Examiner

Rand Paul, other Republicans can’t have it both ways on Ayn Rand – Courier-Journal

Ayn Rand: The GOP’s Godless Philospher – Time

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