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 Post subject: Is economic success a measure of righteousness...?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:34 am 
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Romney says 'yes'...

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“I was thinking this morning as I prepared to come into this room of a discussion I had across the country in the United States about my perceptions about differences between countries,” Romney told a group of high-dollar donors at a fundraiser in Jerusalem’s King David Hotel. “As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality.”

As the Associated Press noted, Romney actually got the numbers very wrong: Israel’s GDP per capita was $31,000 in 2011 and Palestinians’ per capita GDP was just $1,500. Romney at no point mentioned that the Palestinian territories have for decades been occupied without sovereign control, where residents face significant restrictions on movement and employment.

“It is a racist statement and this man doesn’t realize that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation,” Saeb Erakat, a senior Palestinian Authority official, told the AP.

Romney attributed the gap in success in part to Israel’s “culture.”

“Culture makes all the difference,” Romney said. “And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things.” Among them, he cited “the hand of providence.”


So is Romney correct to recognise God's hand in economic success?

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 Post subject: Re: Is economic success a measure of righteousness...?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:25 am 
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Hello Drifting,

I believe, that the thermometer for righteousness should be whether the individual has a green thumb. Isaac was very successful at farming. Edgar Cayce was a very successful at gardening.

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 Post subject: Re: Is economic success a measure of righteousness...?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:25 pm 
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Is economic success a measure of righteousness...?


Seems to be an indicator as being good with money is a requirement for salvation:

9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
Luke 16

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 Post subject: Re: Is economic success a measure of righteousness...?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:52 pm 
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Romney does have a point. Can a culture that allows falafel but does not serve fry sauce be considered truly righteous? Or can a culture that wears wrap around cloth on their heads but does not have Dressage Ponies truly walk in the shoes of the Prophets?

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