Ocasio Cortez Plays Theologian on House Floor
Ocasio Cortez Plays Theologian on House Floor
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has played a climate scientist-turned-carnival-barker while promoting her Green New Deal. On Thursday, she also tried her hand at theologian while addressing the Committee on Oversight and Reform, claiming that the Trump administration rolled back LGBTQ rights.
That’s funny, considering that Trump just appointed an openly gay man to be acting head of intelligence. But hey, you do you, AOC.
She preached that if Jesus walked through the doors of Congress, he would be “maligned as a radical.”
Quoth the Rev. Dr. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, theologian to the downtrodden:
“. . .if Christ himself walked through these doors and said what he said thousands of years ago ― that we should love our neighbor and our enemy, that we should welcome the stranger, fight for the least of us, that it is easier … for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into a kingdom of heaven ― he would be maligned as a radical and rejected from these doors.”
Notice how she also got her jabs in at the “rich man.” Of course that’s classic Bernie Sanders talk. But Bernie is Jewish, and non-practicing as well, so he doesn’t have much cred to talk about Jesus.
What was the reason for her screed? One of the witnesses at the hearing was Evan Minton, a transgender trying to obtain a hysterectomy. Minton is suing a Catholic hospital after they canceled the procedure. So the Rev. Dr. AOC piled on:
“There is nothing holy about rejecting medical care of people, no matter who they are, on the grounds of what their identity is. There is nothing holy about turning someone away from a hospital.”
Never mind that last year the Vatican issued an extensive statement on transgenderism, which it rejects. The hospital is following the church’s teachings. But Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the “hipster Catholic,” as one traditional Catholic newspaper dubbed her, knows better than the church fathers, apparently.
Watch AOC practice her theologian chops on the House floor:
Nor is this the first time that Ocasio-Cortez has lectured people whom she deems to be lesser Christians than she. In 2018 her Christmas tweet referred to Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus as a “refugees.” When called on her comment, she doubled down with another tweet.
True love is radical because it requires us to see ourselves in all people. Otherwise, it isn’t love.
Love is revolutionary because it has us treat ALL people as we would ourselves – not because we are charitable, but because we are one.
That is love’s radical conclusion. pic.twitter.com/IB5q0ko8VQ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 26, 2018
Never mind that Joseph and Mary were not refugees in the Christmas story, but were complying with the Roman order to register for a census. Now if she’s talking about the Flight into Egypt, when Mary and Joseph fled Herod’s attempt to kill all young baby boys — you could argue that the family were refugees. But AOC is applying contemporary nation-state concepts to the first century AD. The modern nation state, with its borders, did not arise until the 19th century in Europe. Before that were empires composed of multiple ethnicities, with lots of people migrating.
But what’s even more important is this: Joseph, Mary, and Jesus returned to their own land. I guess AOC isn’t quite the brilliant theologian she thinks she it. Or she’s conveniently ignoring that pesky little fact.
There’s so much more in AOC’s ridiculous theology to unpack. For example, how about this comment?
“I know and it is part of my faith that all people are holy and all people are sacred.”
I guess the brilliant theologian missed Romans 3:23 in her extensive study of Holy Scripture:
“. . .for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Not exactly “holy” or “sacred” are we humans who follow Christianity. In fact, the heart of the Christian faith (and, presumably, AOC’s hipster Catholicism) is the atonement for sins by Jesus Christ.
But what about unborn children? Does AOC regard them as “holy” and “sacred,” too?
“When women are in control of their sexuality, it threatens a core element underpinning right-wing ideology: patriarchy.”
“It’s a brutal form of oppression to seize control of the 1 essential thing a person should command: their own body.”
I guess God is part of the evil patriarchy or something. In fact, He runs the whole show.
The truth is that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may have a loud pulpit in the House of Representatives, but she is a lousy theologian.