MOVIE STIRRING FIGHT BETWEEN WASHINGTON LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES
by Moody Adams The movie “Atlas Shrugged” brings Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel to the screen. Ironically, atheist Ayn Rand is endorsed by Republicans like Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan. He says Ayn Rand inspired him to pursue politics.
It was Ayn Rand’s teaching that it was through pursuing individual happiness, rather than concern for others, that society could achieve stability. Religious control and governmental control, Rand declared, were outdated, and that through self-interest, society would stabilize itself.
"You've got a guy who is a rising Republican star, and who wrote the budget, saying he's read her books and Washington needs more of her values," said Eric Sapp, executive director of the American Values Network, which produced the video. "If you're a Christian, you've got to ask some serious questions about what's going on here."
In other words, Sapp argues, you can follow Ayn Rand or Jesus, but not both.