The religious war of words is heating up during the confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett. On Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said many Republican members of Congress would attack Jesus if he came to Congress despite the fact that more than 99 percent of Republican members of Congress identify as Christian.
“Sick and tired of Republicans who co-opt faith as an excuse to advance bigotry and barbarism,” the far-left congresswoman claimed on Twitter. “Fact is, if today Christ himself came to the floor of Congress and repeated his teachings, many would malign him as a radical and eject him from the chamber.
“When politicians use faith as an excuse to pass and uphold laws that seize control of people’s bodies but not guarantee them health care, feed the poor, shelter the homeless or welcome the stranger, you have to wonder if it’s really about faith at all.”
According to numbers compiled by Pew Research Center, 99.2 percent of the Republican members of Congress identify as Christian. Ocasio-Cortez’s sensational and unsubstantiated remarks come as confirmation hearings began for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who is a devout Catholic. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee talked extensively about Democrats’ bigoted attacks on Barrett in 2017 over her faith.
“Religious liberty is the basic idea that how you worship is none of the government’s business,” said Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. “Government can wage wars, government can write parking tickets, but government cannot save souls. Government’s really important, or as important. Parking tickets are important, but your soul is something that the government can’t touch. So whether you worship in a mosque or a synagogue or a church, your faith or your lack of faith is none of the government’s business.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice