Ocasio-Cortez and Her Blatant Biblical Hypocrisy

Ocasio-Cortez and Her Blatant Biblical Hypocrisy

Ocasio-Cortez and Her Blatant Biblical Hypocrisy

In case you missed it, the socialist duo of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have teamed up to fight the free market once again. This time they’re going after credit card interest rates with a proposal to cap them at 15% under their “Loan Shark Protection Act.”

But AOC can’t stop there. No, she had to use the proposal to bash Christians.

First, here’s a little background. It’s full of typical boilerplate Hate-Billionaires-and-Banks claptrap:

Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders’s plan sounds all warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it? It’s a definite winner to uninformed voters — one poll even says that 70% of Republicans like the idea. Besides, who wants to support loan sharks?

Ocasio-Cortez loan sharks

Credit: Jesse Wagstaff @ flickr. CC by 2.0. 

But as we know, anytime the government tries to muck with business, unintended consequences happen. In this case, such a cap would make loans artificially scarce. Here more people would apply for loans, but in turn banks would reduce the amount of dollars they’re willing to lend. Thus, low income consumers would have less access to loans. Not only that, but you might say goodbye to free credit cards, or to those with low annual fees. And, you could bid farewell to credit card rewards, too.

Never mind all that. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is on her high horse, and took the opportunity to slam traditional Christians on Twitter about this bill:

The girl just can’t help herself, can she? Never mind that she, as an (alleged) Catholic, should recall that her church opposes both abortion and homosexual activity. She’s just got to slam traditional Christians as hypocrites whom she thinks support “usury” — like the evil capitalists they are, of course — but want to “punish” gays and women.

First of all, the Christian faith, while not opposed to lending, has always disapproved of usury, described as excessively high interest rates. Both Roman Catholic and Protestant leaders have opposed such a practice among the faithful for centuries.

But who cares about details when Christians provide such a target-rich environment for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez? Hey, Christians, if you really believe your faith, support my bill! Or do you only use the Bible to “punish women and queer people”?

Now most of the Biblical citations about usury and lending occur in the Old Testament. And guess what other prohibitions occur in the Old Testament?

You guessed it. Prohibitions against homosexual practice.

For example, here’s a verse from Leviticus, in the Old Testament:

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”

And, for good measure, here’s a verse about homosexuality from 1 Timothy in the New Testament:

“The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine…”

As for abortion, the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament says this:

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.”

Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, therefore, an ignorant hypocrite? You bet she is!

Perhaps she should stay away from bashing Christians and discussing theology, a topic of which she has little knowledge. Then she should go back to deliberating about things she knows about, such as… hmm. What does she really know about, other than promoting herself?


Featured image: Altarpiece at St. Jacob’s Church, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. Pom’ @ flickr. Public domain.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • David Byler says:

    yes, what does she know anything about?

  • GWB says:

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is on her high horse
    Which is pretty much all you need to say about “AOC”. She’s a self-righteous, holier-than-thou, scold, who is also terribly ignorant and awfully indoctrinated. Which is a pretty bad combination.

    Unless of course they’re only invoking religion to punish women + queer people.
    Wow. That’s just about enough to swing me from turning my other cheek to turning hers – from one side to the other, until some sort of sense evidences itself.

    Now most of the Biblical citations about usury and lending occur in the Old Testament.
    And a prime one is in Ezekiel (18:8):

    [A righteous man] does not lend at interest or take any profit, withholds his hand from injustice, executes true justice between man and man

    Note that “true justice”. That would be God’s justice, not ‘social’ justice. How do I know this? Because verse 9 says the same man:

    walks in my statutes

    You know, like the ones against homosexuality, abortion, covetousness………

    Occasional-Cortex is one of the last people to whom I would harken as it relates to Holy Scripture. She’s the antithesis of a Christian. And she’s an idiot on top of that.

  • GWB says:

    Oh, I should specify, I am against usury. And I think there are folks out there who exploit the poor and those with poor credit. But I’m ALWAYS leery of gov’t setting standards on this sort of thing.

    I think if you want to reduce the stupid mountains of debt, maybe you should 1) teach kids household finance and 2) find a way to discourage the limit-raising and such (which seem to have nothing to do with actual credit rating).

    And, yes, I’m leery of those solutions, too – because gov’t.

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      The beauty of the free market as opposed to government intervention is that with a bit of effort, one can always find a lender who will offer better terms.
      Then again, that works best for those who have proved themselves to be financially responsible —- as you said, this starts with teaching basic household finance.
      But I guess that’s white privilege or something.

  • Scott says:

    “Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, therefore, an ignorant hypocrite? “… Somehow, it seems that question is very similar to one my grandfather used to pose to me when I asked a stupid question.. “Does a bear S#*T in the woods?”

  • John C. says:

    The reason usury, which originally meant lending money at any interest, was condemned was because people thought it was a form of stealing. Lending was considered a good thing, but you should not expect back any more than you loaned. It was not until much later that people realized that money was not just a means of buying goods, but was a good in and of itself, and that borrowing at interest was renting it, like renting anything else. And a lender should expect to be paid for opportunity cost (while someone else has their money, they can’t use it for anything else) and risk (some people default). Excessive interest is a bad thing, but it is the borrower who should decide what level of interest is unacceptable, not the government. Economics education is as badly taught these days as everything else.

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