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  • Nancy Pelosi, Bible Thumper? Who Knew?

    Surge Summary: Nancy Pelosi recently brought up Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan in attacking Donald Trump’s immigration policies – an approach at odds with much of her other policy positions and to which Democrats would commonly object.

    A week ago, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted about a religious experience she’d just had. Attending Sunday Mass the day before, she had thought it significant the Gospel reading during that service had been from Luke 10, specifically the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

    Pelosi proceeded to argue the Trump administration was violating Jesus’ lesson in the story by its policy of having the Federal government detain and remove from the country illegal immigrants who were defying court deportation orders.

    The CNSNews staff reports:

    “It should be a sign to us that today’s Catholic Gospel reading is the Good Samaritan, where Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves and treat them with mercy,” Pelosi said in the Tweet.

    “Trump’s ICE raids today tear families apart—the opposite of mercy,” Pelosi said.

    For those unfamiliar with this timeless object lesson from the New Testament, it relates the account of two passersby refusing to pause in their business to help a woebegone Jewish traveler who’d been robbed, assaulted and left wounded along the road. This in contrast to a third journeyer (and foreigner! – a Samaritan) who, at notable personal sacrifice, came to aid of the injured victim. Jesus endorses the last response. “Love your neighbor as yourself,” he reminds listeners.

    The CNS writers go on to provide a much-needed clarification to Pelosi’s bizarre interpretation of the passage:

    The parable of the Good Samaritan does not talk about a person whom a court has ordered deported for violating the immigration laws. It describes the way three different passersby deal with a man who had been robbed and left half dead.

    Of import: the tale’s hero didn’t ask Caesar to issue a decree forcing Roman subjects to take care of each other. In Christ’s parable, the “Good Samaritan” reaches out voluntarily, materially ministering to the needy man out of his own charitable heart.

    On a number of levels, the frequently quirky Ms. Pelosi comes off as particularly so in this episode: as godless as are so many of the policies she champions (killing unborn children, the disfiguring of marriage, celebration of sexual perversion, coercing taxpayers to underwrite constitutionally and biblically offensive actions, etc., etc.) the lady from San Francisco is painfully quick to go all publicly religious on us when a convenient opportunity to do so presents itself.

    On more than one occasion, she’s been caught on camera or microphone quoting Scripture as here. Remember her expatiation on “the Word” a number of years ago? Answering a question about her favorite “word”, she offered a reference to the Gospel of John, chapter one: “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” (That term is the Apostle/writer’s borrowing of a Greek philosophical idea to allude to Jesus Christ as the perfect expression of God the Father.) A political figure could hardly strike a more expressly Christian pose than hers in that instance.

    Back in 2018 she cited “[t]he three ‘B’s — business, badges, and Bibles … [and]   evangelical leaders” while admonishing her colleagues to pass the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (DREAM act).

    Bibles?!?

    Why, if it weren’t for the seventeen-term Congresswoman’s tireless hawking of the secular Left’s agenda on virtually every issue, you might mistake her for a Bible thumper!

    Pray tell, Madame Speaker: how would the Good Samaritan have responded to an unborn child on the verge of being murdered by his mother? Would he stand by silently, or even cheer on mom, while the little one’s life was being snuffed out? Would that be “loving his (pre-born) neighbor”?

    By the way, Progressives are always harping on the impropriety of elected officials mentioning God or the Bible in their official capacity. How come self-described Progressive Pelosi is off the hook here?

    Remember when then-President Barack Obama cited the same Gospel account while addressing a gathering at the Clinton Global Initiative (September 2012) and at 2014’s National Prayer Breakfast.

    If memory serves, the Left was mum on that lapse as well.

    I know, double-standard, old news. Just noting it for the record.

    Meantime, Sen. Pelosi, former President Obama, Democrats and Liberals in general: by all means, keep reading, contemplating, speaking aloud the Bible. We are praying some of it will soak into your thinking and political advocacy real soon.

    This column has been amended since first posting. 

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