If you want, you can find a Bible verse, out of context, to support just about any idea you might have. In this case, Caitlin Dewey takes on a Republican over the SNAP program. She manages to omit most everything from the context of the debate to push here agenda that Republicans are mean, hateful, and just wants poor people to starve. Read this and see what you think. It is false news.
As Written by Frank Camp for the Daily Wire:
The Washington Post recently published an article by Caitlin Dewey titled: GOP lawmaker: The Bible says ‘if a man will not work, he shall not eat.’ In the piece, Dewey castigates a Republican congressman who read a verse from the New Testament during testimony regarding possible changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
On March 28, the House Subcommittee on Nutrition (part of the Committee on Agriculture) held a public hearing regarding the “future of SNAP.” Near the end of the hearing, Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) offered his rebuttal to one of the invited panelists, who, in his opening statement, cited the bible. Arrington then posed a question.
The following is part of what The Washington Post‘s Caitlin Dewey wrote – it’s a lengthy quote, but the context is required for proper analysis:
One lawmaker is citing a godly reference to justify changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Tex.) recently quoted the New Testament to question the strength of current work requirements.
The biblical passage, 2 Thessalonians 3-10, was a rebuttal to one of the hearing’s expert witnesses, a representative of the Jewish anti-hunger group MAZON. (He referenced Leviticus.) It is also a familiar refrain to anyone who has watched past debates about SNAP.
House Republicans have historically cited the verse — “if a man will not work, he shall not eat” — as justification for cutting some adults’ SNAP benefits. Arrington referenced the verse in a discussion about increasing the work requirements for……
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