Speaking out of her rear-end (as per usual), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a shot at the faith of Republican members of Congress on Monday, insisting that she is sick of listening to them use their Christianity as an excuse to push bigoted policies. Especially aggrieved over the confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, AOC tweeted that most Republicans would want nothing to do with Jesus Christ if he were to come back today.
“Sick and tired of Republicans who co-opt faith as an excuse to advance bigotry and barbarism,” the New York Democrat wrote. “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 healthcare, feed the poor, shelter the homeless, or welcome the stranger, you have to wonder if it’s really about faith at all,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet.
Attacks on Christians are pretty much all Democrats are left with these days, faced as they are with a woman of faith who is a lock for Supreme Court confirmation. While Joe Biden has reportedly urged Senate Democrats to focus on anything but Barrett’s religious beliefs, memories of her 2017 confirmation hearings were fresh in the minds of Republicans on Monday.
“Some of my colleagues may once again, try to misrepresent and out right disparage Judge Barrett’s religious beliefs and affiliations,” Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) said. “In 2017, they suggested Judge Barrett was too faithful or too Catholic to be a judge. One senator asked whether she considered herself an Orthodox Catholic. Another told her the dogma lives loudly within you and that is of concern. Let me remind everyone that Article 1 clearly prohibits religious tests for serving in public office.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) also took the time to weigh in on the subject, insisting that Senate Democrats take seriously the importance of upholding religious liberty.
“Religious liberty is the basic idea that how you worship is none of the government’s business. Government can wage Wars, government can write parking tickets, but government cannot save souls,” Sasse said. “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.”
It’s not up to Senate Democrats – and it’s sure as hell not up to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – to determine who is a “good” Christian, who is a “bad” Christian, and who is “too” Christian. Only one entity can make these determinations, and He will do so in His own good time.