AOC Accuses Republicans of Co-Opting Faith to 'Advance Bigotry and Barbarism’
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes aim at Republicans in tweet
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) declared she is “sick and tired of Republicans who co-opt their faith to advance bigotry and barbarism," as the Senate confirmation hearing regarding Catholic Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barret unfolded on Monday.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that many in Congress would throw Jesus Christ out of the House chamber.
“Sick and tired of Republicans who co-opt faith as an excuse to advance bigotry and barbarism," AOC tweeted.
“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.”
Ocasio-Cortez added in a video she included with her tweet:
“The only time religious freedom is invoked is in the name of bigotry and discrimination."
The video showed AOC's comments during a House hearing on February 28, 2020, regarding the perceived threats to LGBTQ and transgender rights.
Sick and tired of Republicans who co-opt faith as an excuse to advance bigotry and barbarism.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 12, 2020
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. https://t.co/y19PBDw5co
Ocasio-Cortez compared espousing a belief in sexual morality and biological sex to the support of slavery and racism:
“It’s very difficult to sit here and listen to arguments in the long history in this country of using Scripture, and weaponizing and using Scripture to justify bigotry."
“White supremacists have done, those who justified slavery did it; those who fought against integration did it."
“And I am tired of communities of being of faith being weaponized and being mischaracterized."
"Because the only time religious freedom is invoked is in the name of bigotry and discrimination. I'm tired of it.”
Ocasio-Cortez said Jesus might very well be called a radical by today's standards because he spoke about loving enemies and embracing strangers.
She said her faith convinced her that all people are unconditionally holy and sacred.