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'Our Judea Christian work ethic'

I just heard someone say this. What the fuck are they on about?

by Anonymousreply 2607/11/2013

You wouldn't understand as you are too lazy to look up the proper spelling of the word.

by Anonymousreply 107/10/2013

Code words for "White"

by Anonymousreply 207/10/2013

Being productive is a sign of moral goodness. It's why the Republicans have such contempt for the poor. They judge people without bothering to learn their circumstances.

It's more Protestant than Judeo-Christian.

by Anonymousreply 307/10/2013

No, they have contempt for the poor because they are poor. They don't hate on people like Mitt Romney and Bill Gates for not working.

by Anonymousreply 407/10/2013

You're right--they don't object to retirement. That' something very different from living on welfare. Irrelevant.

by Anonymousreply 507/10/2013

It used to be Protestant Work Ethic. When did that change?

by Anonymousreply 607/10/2013

It means "We don't hire homos or Moozlims."

by Anonymousreply 707/10/2013

It still is the Protestant work ethic. People who use "Judeo-Christian" think they are being politically correct. They are actually showing ignorance and/or brainwashing.

by Anonymousreply 807/10/2013

The point is this: one of the distinguishing features of Calvinist theology is determinism - that everything in the world is ordained by God: you don't get to heaven by being good (Catholic theology) or by having faith (Lutheran theology) but by being preordained as one of God's chosen ones. It was a short leap from this to the idea that you can tell who God's chosen ones are by their material success. By this logic, material success and affluence came to be viewed as a sign of God's favour.

So, whereas in the Catholic countries of the Mediterranean wealth and ambition were viewed as morally dubious, in Calvin-influenced Northern Europe and later America they came to be seen as a virtuous thing. This contributed to the success of industrialisation and free market capitalism in those countries.

by Anonymousreply 907/10/2013

[quote]People who use "Judeo-Christian" think they are being politically correct.

Well, they are trying to keep from looking like total anti-Semites, which they usually are, by being so "inclusive."

by Anonymousreply 1007/10/2013

Getting a Mexican to scrub the john.

by Anonymousreply 1107/10/2013

By their fruits shall ye know them.

by Anonymousreply 1207/11/2013

It's Protestant work ethic.

Judeo-Christian is usually in reference to guilt, separation of body and soul etc.

Work = Protestant.

by Anonymousreply 1307/11/2013

r9, so it's Protestant work ethic?

Do Catholics realize that they aren't part of this Republican spouted theory?

by Anonymousreply 1407/11/2013

Yes, they do, R14. The smart ones, anyway.

The Catholics have "joie de vivre," which is better (except for the Irish Catholics, who hate themselves and embrace misery).

by Anonymousreply 1507/11/2013

Catholics are more likely to support government intervention in the economy than Protestants and also have a stronger preference for sharing wealth equally, a European Central Bank study said.

“We do find Protestant municipalities to exhibit clearly higher income inequality,” the study by Christoph Basten and Frank Betz said.

by Anonymousreply 1607/11/2013

Perhaps they are referring to the biblical injunction, from Genesis, that after their fall from grace, humans had to work by the sweat of their brow.

by Anonymousreply 1707/11/2013

It's also called the "Puritan work ethic."

by Anonymousreply 1807/11/2013

"Judeo-Christian" is a heavily loaded neocon term that would probably take a doctoral dissertation to explain. Traditionally it's used in the phrase "our Judeo-Christian values" but it looks like somebody at the Heritage Foundation has tweaked it to mean "us hardworking Christian Republican white folks, and we'll be nice now and pretend that includes Republican Jews like Eric Cantor, as opposed to those evil welfare queens and their bucks driving their Cadillacs to Wal-Mart to shoplift."

by Anonymousreply 1907/11/2013

The term should be "Abrahamaic" rather than "Judeo-Christian." Judaism, Christianity and Islam are the Abrahamic religions. They come from the same roots and are more similar than different. Certainly it's incredibly ignorant or disingenuous to pretend there's some huge divide between the Jews and Christians on one hand and Muslims on the other. It's also butt-ignorant to cling to the pathetic illusion that Christians and their Jewish buddies are any more virtuous than any other human tribal groupings.

by Anonymousreply 2007/11/2013

Those who use the term "Judeo-Christian" do NOT want to include Muslims in their brother hood. In their world view, Judeo-Christians obsrve Biblical values which are different from the Muslims' Sharia law.

by Anonymousreply 2107/11/2013

technically it should be protestant work ethic.

by Anonymousreply 2207/11/2013

They mean Protestant Work Ethic.

by Anonymousreply 2307/11/2013

No doubt "Judeo-Christian" has been coopted by neocons and is not exclusionary of others, including Muslims. But the term predates neoconism and was at one time was probably a well-intentioned allusion to an affinity between Christians and Jews at a time when anti-semitism was rampant, and at a time when far fewew people in the U.S. were Muslim (though that doesn't excuse the failure to include Islam in the concept, it puts it in perspective; the exclusion of Islam was probably not as deliberate as it seems now).

by Anonymousreply 2407/11/2013

"You're right--they don't object to retirement. That' something very different from living on welfare. Irrelevant."

It's not irrelevant at all. Gates and Romney are able bodied men for whom sloth is a sin and yet are engaged in sloth every single day as their primary activity.

If they were sincere about a Judeo-Christian "work ethic," they would be against lower taxes on dividends, interest, and capital gains; and for extremely high inheritance taxes.

It is because Judeo-Christian work ethic is just a code word intended to flatter white native born Americans that they are the salt of the earth, that this term is used so much in the political discourse.

by Anonymousreply 2507/11/2013

"Brown people are lazy and thus deserve to be subjugated"

by Anonymousreply 2607/11/2013
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