BANZAI7 NEWS--“Profit is not satanic,” John Varley, the chief executive of Barclays, told an audience at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in London this week.
Lord Douche Brian Griffiths, an adviser to Goldman Sachs International, said during a recent panel discussion at St. Paul’s Cathedral on “the place of morality in the marketplace,” that bonuses would encourage charity and lift the economy.
“We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieve greater prosperity and opportunity for all,” Mr. Griffiths said.
Suddenly there is a great need for banker types to speak their mind in houses of worship.
With the Most Rev. Rowan D. Williams, archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England, recently calling on those who work in finance to repent, the debate over bank reforms is becoming a modern-day morality play.
" 'For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away, even that he hath'.
This passage of course refers to the acquisition of more knowledge of the truth as theologians tell us; but the Money Kings of Wall Street like to give its interpretation a little twist in their favor, and say that it refers to the acquisition of more greenbacks, by the big fellows from the little ones.
In fact this class of people appear to hold the opinion that if they would succeed in anything questionable or crooked, there is nothing like misinterpreting the scriptures their own way, so as to apparently justify them in their rascality before the public.
The connection of such men with churches...has done more to spread infidelity and cast ridicule upon the good cause of the church than almost anything else.
The success of this class of gamblers has an influence for evil upon the business world that is little realize, success through their methods being a contradiction to the good old business maxim that 'Honesty is the best policy' and a travesty upon it."
FRANKLIN KEYES ESQ. 1901