I think so. I don’t believe their ideas can be recounciled with the ideas of the religious right. As a Christian I find their ideas repugnant, though I don’t necessarily represent the right very well right now.
Below I layout what I think are the core of Randianism, and why I and Christians would find it objectionable.
First,f rom a comment on the Modelled Behavior Blog: Randianism in a nutshell.
‘’Thus, I see our proper mission as easing pain, where we can, to the extent we can, the best we can.’
Why? What is the point of that? What right does one have to impose that responsibility on others?’
My response in an earlier post was:
I think this is pure Ayn Rand, correct? I’m sure Apex has a very eloquent defense of this, but honestly my gut reaction is I don’t get this at all. I think life acquire most of its meaning from having connections with something larger than yourself, whether that is family, friends, your God, your country or other, and trying to add something good to something beyond yourself…
If life is just trying to pursuing your own wants and needs, then as best I can tell it really is very empty and meaningless in the end, unless you’re meglomanica as I think Ayn Rand was, in the end dying alone and largely alienated from anyone and everyone she ever knew.
The point being: I don’t care for Ayn Rand. I find her worship of selfishness pathetic and sad. It and she by her own unambiguous statement was opposed utterly to the Christina gospel I believe.
That this will be an issue within the Republican right was discussed in an interesting way here.