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Washington Post Lies About Lawmaker’s Biblical Reference, Then Refuses To Quote A Single Word...
The Federalist ^ | 3/31/17 | Sean Davis

Posted on 03/31/2017 3:43:55 PM PDT by markomalley

After the presidential election last November, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet gave an interview to NPR in which he admitted that his journalists simply don’t understand religion.

“We don’t get religion,” Baquet said. “We don’t get the role of religion in people’s lives.”

Baquet was correct: Acela corridor political reporters don’t understand religion, especially Christianity. Though he was specifically speaking about New York Times reporters, Baquet’s comments clearly also apply to the Washington Post, which on Friday morning accused a Republican congressman from Texas of claiming that the Bible forbids the unemployed from having food to eat.

The headline from the Washington Post couldn’t have been more clear: “GOP Lawmaker: The Bible says the unemployed ‘shall not eat.” Shocking, right? Judging by the Washington Post’s reporting, either this lawmaker is a real jerk, God is a real jerk for hating people without jobs, or maybe even they’re both jerks.

Here’s what the newspaper wrote about Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Tex.):

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 unemployed adults on the food stamp program. But critics say that advances a pernicious myth about the unemployed who receive SNAP.

There are a few problems, however, with that story from Washington Post reporter Caitlin Dewey: the lawmaker never said that, the Bible never says that, and the Washington Post article never even quotes the Texas Republican as saying that. In fact, the article doesn’t quote Arrington a single time. Not one word. Because democracy dies in darkness, or something.

Not only did Arrington not disagree with the witness who quoted passages from Leviticus requiring the Israelites to leave harvest gleanings in the field for sojourners and the poor, Arrington actually affirmed him and noted that the passage in question is “a great reflection on the character of God and the compassion of God’s heart.” Here’s what Arrington really said:

I did hear, Mr. Protas, your opening remarks where you quoted Leviticus, I believe, and I think that’s a great reflection on the character of God and the compassion of God’s heart and how we ought to reflect that compassion in our lives.

But, there’s also, the scripture tells us in 2 Thessalonians 3:10: “For even when we were with you we gave you this rule: ‘If a man will not work, he shall not eat.'” And then he goes on to say, “We hear that some among you are idle.”

I think that every American, Republican or Democrat, wants to help the neediest among us. And I think it’s a reasonable expectation that we have work requirements. I think that gives more credibility quite frankly, to SNAP. Tell me what is a reasonable and responsible work requirement as part of the SNAP program?

At no point did Arrington ever declare that the Bible requires that the unemployed shall not eat. Not once. At no point did Arrington ever say, “The Bible says the unemployed shall not eat.”

Rather, the Texas congressman noted to the witness at his hearing that in addition to commanding God’s people to leave a share of their harvest for the needy to pick up and eat as they moved through the fields, the Bible tells Christ’s disciples not to allow idleness to make them a burden on their fellow Christians. Paul’s letter to the church in Thessaloniki, after all, was not a directive to government officials in Rome, but an exhortation to his fellow followers of Christ in Greece.

You wouldn’t know any of that if you read the Washington Post’s dishonest mischaracterization of what Arrington said, because the Washington Post refused to tell you what Arrington actually said. Arrington didn’t declare that those without jobs are commanded by God to starve. He affirmed the requirement that God’s people provide for the poor and then noted an additional passage in which Paul tells his own brethren that they should work so as not to provide a poor example of idleness to those whom they were trying to bring to Christ.

Don’t worry, though. Dewey and her editors at the Washington Post, none of whom thought “2 Thessalonians 3-10” was an odd and heterodox way to reference a Bible verse (yes, that somehow made its way through the paper’s editorial process, and no, it hasn’t been corrected yet), want you to know that anonymous exegetical experts agree that the Bible wants people who don’t have jobs to starve.

“The verse in question applies specifically to people who can work or otherwise contribute to society but choose not to, said theologians from several denominations who spoke to The Post,” Dewey asserted.

It’s a shame she and her editors didn’t feel compelled to quote or name a single one of these alleged experts who just happened to agree with the Washington Post’s wildly inaccurate characterization of both the Bible verse at issue and Arrington’s alleged interpretation of it. That’s because this anonymous exegesis is–you guessed it–completely false. The apostle Paul wasn’t drafting a law for the government to pass banning the jobless from having food. He was telling his fellow disciples to avoid idleness and disruption of the church body. He urged them to spend less time laying about and sowing division and more time working on behalf of God.

It gets better, though. In addition to brutally mischaracterizing the Bible and Arrington’s interpretation of it, Dewey and the Washington Post also spent several paragraphs mocking Breitbart for misquoting Pope Francis on the exact same verse and excoriating Breitbart for not understanding that the verse isn’t about starving people who can’t work…right after confidently declaring, in order to support its headline, that a bunch of anonymous theologians agreed that the Bible bans the unemployed from having food:

In 2015, the far-right Breitbart News misquoted Pope Francis in a post that implied the Catholic leader sought to keep food from people who did not work.

The English transcript of the pope’s remarks make it clear that he said no such thing and most Judeo-Christian faith leaders agree that 2 Thessalonians applies narrowly to people who can work but choose not to.

If democracy dies in darkness, then irony and self-awareness die at the Washington Post.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bibleverse; fakenews; mediabias; wapo
Full headline: Washington Post Lies About Lawmaker’s Biblical Reference, Then Refuses To Quote A Single Word He Said

1 posted on 03/31/2017 3:43:55 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Have at it.

2 posted on 03/31/2017 4:23:34 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: markomalley
Caitlin Dewey

A worshiper of Baal and baby sacrifice, perhaps. The Bible would burn on her tongue.

3 posted on 03/31/2017 4:46:04 PM PDT by Fido969 (IN!)
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To: markomalley

The media in the New York/Washington axis don’t understand religion or The Holy Bible. The media don’t understand a lot of things.

4 posted on 03/31/2017 4:48:17 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: markomalley

Caitlin Dewey seems to be the Washington Post reporter in charge of anti-truth.

I recognized her name, a few weeks ago she wrote this story:

“Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won’t deport them”

5 posted on 03/31/2017 5:06:37 PM PDT by jeannineinsd
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To: markomalley

Even the OT Leviticus scripture tells us that after fields are harvested that those who are poor and hungry come in and glean the remainders. In other words they worked to provide food

6 posted on 03/31/2017 5:25:07 PM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: Fido969

Everyone promotes a “faith”. Everyone has a “faith”. BUT, the most rational, just, equal, free “faith” in the history of earth was the Christian faith—the only one which promotes the most perfect, natural, “justice” (ethics) system. All history proves that it was only Christian Ethics which made slavery, pederasty, incest, pedophilia, sodomy, misogyny, homosexuality, transvestites, into “evil”. The Age of Reason, the Renaissance and Modern Science was ONLY possible with a Christian worldview. Sodomites destroyed Greece and Rome because they always end up sodomizing little boys (like in Afghanistan). Pederasty is part and parcel with homosexuality since it is a learned behavior by childhood abuse and neglect to destroy natural instincts and natural desires. Vice always collapses cultures (Socrates/Aristotle).

That is why these evil satanists want to destroy Christian Ethics in our children and banned only Christianity from schools as they promote satanism, paganism and islam and all other “faiths”.

Without virtue formation in children, there is no ability to have a free and civil society. All the Founders knew that ONLY Christianity was compatible with our “Justice” (ethics) System which was based on Christian Ethics only along with Natural Law (common sense/science) .

Note how irrational our “justice” system is now, forcing idiocy on our children, trying to destroy Natural Law (Truth (God), Traditions, and Natural instincts). Erasing our Ethic System (Christianity) promotes evil vile behavours which will destroy morality in children. There is no reason or science allowed in such an evil, irrational system.

As Montesquieu stated, all free Republics have to promote “public virtue” in their “law”. Now the sodomites force their sick, filthy behaviors, to normalize vice in children and groom the boys and make girls hate men and hate their own bodies so they kill their own genetic offspring if they even bother to have children. Grouping people (identity politics) is Marxism to create division and hate. The Marxists and our skools destroy Natural instincts and common sense (Our Constitution ) in their artificial indoctrination system (group-(non)-think, programming centers).

7 posted on 03/31/2017 6:28:20 PM PDT by savagesusie (When Law ceases to be Just, it ceases to be Law. (Thomas A./Founders/John Marshall)/Nuremberg)
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To: markomalley

I think that every American, Republican or Democrat, wants to help the neediest among us.


Not with my money, confiscated from me by the gov.

Hell no, I do not agree.

8 posted on 03/31/2017 8:44:36 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Bill and Hillary Clinton are the penicillin-resistant syphilis of our political system.)
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