[Barton] is a controversial figure who has argued that the U.S. income tax and the capital-gains tax should be abolished because they violate Scripture (for the Bible says, in Barton’s reading, “the more profit you make the more you are rewarded”)...
What the fuck?!?!? Where exactly does it say that? I'm just flabbergasted... The Bible actually says exactly the opposite, that the more profit you make then the harder it is to get the eternal carrot they are always promising.
I know some liberal Christians who believe that the Bible tells them to be charitable, that it condemns greed and profit-seeking, and use this as a basis to justify their political and moral stance. While this still requires a bit of double-think to ignore the despicable parts of the Bible, this position is at least consistent with most of the things the Biblical Jesus said in the New Testament. (I recognize it is not difficult to find the Big J saying some pretty horrible things too, but it is undeniable that the New Testament is pretty consistent on the "be nice to the poor" theme) I think these folks already have a pretty good sense of right and wrong, and their faith is superfluous at best... but I at least can understand how someone could think the way they do.
Folks like Barton... I just don't get it. Blows my freakin' mind.