Source: The unemployed ‘shall not eat’: Texas Republican uses Bible to justify cuts to SNAP benefits
Separation of Church and State, Please?
Representative Jodey Arrington(R-TX) used an obscure passage from the Bible to eight justify the proposed cuts to SNAP benefits. Once again, the Bible is being used to justify further punishing the poor and underprivileged. Whatever happened to the concept of separation of church and state?
Even though this concept is not in the U.S. Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence, it was advocated for by Thomas Jefferson and other members of the Founding Fathers. It is strongly implied to be part of the First Amendment, even though it is not included. I, for one, wish that these fundamentalist Christians would stop trying to shove their religion down my throat. Worse yet, seeking to use religion as a weapon to be used to further vilify the poor and downtrodden citizens of the United States.
Poor people in the United States have been vilified for far too long, often because of some asshole, like Arrington, go so low as to use the Bible as some justification for punishing the poor. No person chooses to be poor. Poverty is something that can happen to anyone at any time. Arrington should realize that fact because there is no guarantee that some adverse circumstance might not befall him, causing him to be forced to live in poverty. He should understand that they bastard on that no matter how rich you are, or what position you have established, poverty can strike you at any time. It has happened before to many people; many of whom have adopted the same level of arrogance as Arrington.
Arrington used an obscure passage from Thessalonians 3:10, which says, “those who shall not work shall not eat.” He used this as some justification for advocating inflicting further misery on people who are already not doing w the right side cell. I suggest that we would be better served if Arrington remembered another passage from the Bible (I forget which one) that says, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” As a poor person, I greatly resent politicians implying that I, and other poor people, are parasites not deserving of any consideration.
If he were truly a Christian, as he says, he would be advocating for an increase in SNAP benefits, not cuts. He would also realize that he was a hypocrite because he was not practicing his faith, such as, emulating what Jesus would do. This is what I always thought that a true Christian should do in their daily lives, not beat people up because they are the different life circumstances. In this country had real separation of church and state, as was intended, we could forego many of these problems and the people who cause them like Arrington.
This age-old implication that poor people are lazy and unwilling to work is the most overused stereotype of poor people who exists. I get so tired of seeing people like Arrington use their religion as a justification for imposing draconian cuts to social services every time they want to balance the budget. I also get exhausted of the concept of separation of church and state, which I hold to be sacred, be continually ignored by these holier than thou politicos.
Separation of church and state, if used appropriately, would work very well in the United States to protect people from the same type of abuses. Thomas Jefferson and many others understood that in Europe the church was often equal to the government, usually a King, and constructed laws that governed people’s lives. Thomas Jefferson, realizing the potential abuses of this antiquated system, fought for separation of church and state. He was a very wise man, and we should listen to him.