Fugelsang: Following Jesus and Ayn Rand like following Gargamel and the Smurfs

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 23:16 EDT
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Current TV host John Fugelsang poked fun at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday for introducing an amendment to a flood insurance bill that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception.

“You know I gotta say, it’s hard being both a Christian and being a fan of Ayn Rand, because when you think about it, after the Bible peaks with the whole golden calf, that long-haired, anti-wealth hippie guy — Jesus — shows up and ruins the whole thing,” he joked.

Paul has denied that he was named after the atheist novelist, who advocated laissez-faire capitalism and the virtue of selfishness. But he admitted to being a “big fan.”

“Paul also says he believes in a government based on Christian values,” Fugelsang continued. “Although apparently not so much Christ’s values, ‘cause he’s not into government helping the poor and that whole thing Jesus talked about.”

He said it was healthy to have libertarians in Congress, but chided Paul for his use of riders.

“Look, you’re allowed to be opposed to abortion and do whatever you can in this free country to get those laws overturned,” Fugelsang concluded. “Go for it. You’re also allowed to say government doesn’t work while being one of the reasons government doesn’t work. But I’ll tell you this right now my friends, you are not allowed to follow Jesus and Ayn Rand. Because that’s like following both Gargamel and the Smurfs.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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