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What Would Mencken Do?

Here’s a letter to the Boston Globe:

Jeff Jacoby eloquently exposes the pretentions and dangers lurking in the “What Would Jesus Cut?” ad campaign – a campaign, sponsored by the “liberal” Christian group Sojourners, that casts as immoral all efforts to cut funds from government programs that are ostensibly meant to help the poor (“Separation of Jesus and Congress,” March 6).

The Sojourners – who blithely assume that the welfare state works as advertised (and that Jesus advocates it) – issue pronouncements that are perfect examples of what H.L. Mencken identified as “the empty babbling of men who mistake their mere feelings for thoughts.”*

Donald J. Boudreaux

* H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: A Selection (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 84.