Rage at Rubio’s Bible Tweets: More Evidence of Troubling Bias Against Christians

By John Zmirak Published on May 17, 2017

Imagine if some Muslim member of Congress went on Twitter to share some harmless verses from the Quran — from the “happy parts” composed early on in Muhammad’s life, where he calls for peace and mercy.

Or if a Jewish member of Congress plucked some uplifting phrases out of the Talmud.

Or if a Californian member of Congress had offered something from the Dalai Lama.

Would it cause a controversy? I certainly hope not. I’d be especially troubled if Christian journalists raised a ruckus. If they pretended that a legislator doing this on his own Twitter account was a threat to American Christians, I’d consider those journalists idiots or bigots. They’d recall the classic character Gob Bluth on Arrested Development, who heckled a harmless student from India, with “Go home, you terrorist!”

 

 

But Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post, and a number of other journalists, have apparently taken Gob Bluth as a role model. They’ve responded with shock and outrage to the following: Yesterday morning Catholic U.S. Senator Marco Rubio posted some phrases from the Bible on Twitter. (In fact, they were from the readings at the day’s daily Mass.) Here’s one:

Pretty ominous, huh? As if that weren’t enough, Sen. Rubio next went full-on Old Testament, posting these blood and thunder lines from Proverbs:

Isn’t your skin just crawling? What kind of moral monster would use his prestige as a U.S. legislator to share sentiments like that? Surely, this is the camel’s nose poking under the tent, making way for a full-on Christian theocracy, just like we saw on Netflix in The Handmaid’s Tale.

The Palm Beach Post helpfully compiled reactions which were almost that hysterical. Here’s The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin:

Esquire politics blogger Charles P. Pierce’s response was even more … fragile:

Leah McElrath writes for leftwing website Shareblue — and pledges in her Twitter profile to “#RESIST Trump, GOP, & global rise of white nationalist authoritarianism.” McElrath found Rubio’s Bible Tweets a positively creepy:

Normally I’d just shrug this off as part of the ordinary friction that comes in a free society when people of different views and beliefs rub up against each other. Sen. Rubio himself, apparently bemused, took to retweeting these crackpot reactions himself, without comment. A canny reaction.

Christians Need Not Apply

But put this in context. For centuries, American Christians were a vast and highly tolerant majority. Now the tenor of culture and laws has changed so drastically, that we are becoming an unpopular minority. Perhaps one not to be tolerated.

We got that message from the campaign of destruction launched against President Trump’s appointee for Army Secretary Mark Green. Green was forced to withdraw after Democrats denounced him as a hatemonger. What had Green said that outraged them?

  • He took the 6,000-year-old Jewish and Christian position on marriage: that it’s between a man and a woman.
  • Green stated the simple fact that gender dysphoria (transgenderism) is a mental disorder.
  • He characterized the Muslim horde that invaded, raped, and pillaged Constantinople in 1453 as a “Muslim horde.” (Maybe he should have been more tactful, and called them a “flow of immigrants.”)

Those positions made him unfit for public office in 2017 America. It’s the same America where the Governor of New Jersey just refused to ban child marriages out of respect for Islam, but Christian bakers and florists are force to service same-sex weddings. The same America where worried conservative Christians gave Donald Trump almost 80 percent of their votes … and couldn’t even get him to overturn Obama’s executive orders targeting them. Where Christian schools have to fight all the way to the Supreme Court to get public funds for playground safety. But public universities like U.C. Berkeley spend millions building “genderless” locker rooms to cater to the tragic pathologies of “transgender” students.

That’s how weak and vulnerable we have become. We don’t have the clout of the transgender lobby.

Scapegoating the Once Powerful

There’s no group that’s easier to get away with hating than one that was once quite powerful, which loses its grip. Think of the fate of noblemen in France after 1789, priests in Russia after 1917, or once-elite Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994.

In cases like those, people in the newly powerful group can indulge in open hatred for members of the now-dethroned minority. They can hide it behind past “abuses” (real or imagined). They can target innocent people, whip up resentment, encourage discrimination, even get the government to persecute helpless people — whose crime is that they belong to the group that fell from power.

This scapegoating has nothing to do with justice. Instead it’s a naked exercise in bullying.

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  • And, of course, they’ll claim that group is NOT being persecuted, all the while, metaphorically, beating them about the head and shoulders.

  • Christian Cowboy

    Always amazes me that the very people that claim it is a fairy tale, are scared of God’s Word.

    • john appleseed

      Here’s a fairy tale:
      A tiny dot of unexplained origin exploded for an unknown reason, & the ensuing chaos created the orderly universe we live in.
      Another:
      A bunch of dead amino acids inexplicably banded together & somehow became alive (defying scientific laws as well as logic).

  • Paul

    Christophobia

  • Gary

    You can only be bullied if you agree to it. And I never agree to it. Mark Green should never have withdrawn. He should have forced the liberals to bring their charges against him openly in public. I suspect the real reason he withdrew is because Trump and the republicans didn’t want the fight.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Yeah, the senator from Florida should make Proverbs 26:12 his next tweet – ” Do you see a man wise in his own eyes ? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

    • Ken Abbott

      Or 8:35-36, the words of Wisdom: “For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.”

  • Patmos

    It’s that hate without cause Jesus talked about.

  • thomashenryjr

    Persecutions Are Coming

    16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.

    Matthew 5:11-12New King James Version (NKJV)

    11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

    • stan schmunk

      Judgement on the church is coming first and it will be severe.

      • Jane

        You are so angry! God help you!

        • stan schmunk

          I’m just telling you what the Scriptures say. Do you know your Bible?

          • Jane

            I know that Jesus left us His Church and the Bible came later – which, for your information, came from the Catholic Church (Jesus’ One True Church), He did not leave a book, he left St Peter in charge and every Pope since then has been a successor to Jesus up to today, Pope Francis. Study your history of the early church fathers and you’ll be amazed and educated. Your version of interpretation of the Bible is just that – your interpretation. I trust the interpretation of the Catholic Church and what Jesus taught.

          • stan schmunk

            Sorry to offend you but popes are not successors to Jesus. And the Bible cleary says that judgement is coming to the church first. Jesus and Peter said so. Not my interpretation, just plain words from the Bible.

          • Jane

            Sorry to disappoint you, but if you read History books, you will find out that what I am saying is the truth whether you want to believe it or not. Read “Early Church Fathers”. Jesus gave the keys of the kingdom to St. Peter (a human being who stumbled with sin as you and I both do), but Jesus told him that “You are Peter (meaning Rock) and upon this ROCK, I will build my Church (not 30,000+ broken-away churches) and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it”. St Peter was the first Pope as Jesus knew he would be leaving this world and He wanted His CHURCH to continue. Peter is buried upside down on a cross (as he didn’t feel he was worthy to die the same way Jesus did) and he is in the Vatican. Then after Peter, another Pope, and another and another up to Pope Francis, today. Jesus didn’t come to write a book, he came to build a Church. By the way, the Bible is written by the Catholic Church. Do some studying, Stan!

  • mbabbitt

    Then there are the realityphobics…people can claim anything because of their feelings.

  • Theresa Jane

    I think you need to lighten up. Psychotic people are known to quote the Bible while in a delusional state, so these non-believers were just poking fun at the Senator. God can take it.

    • Ken Abbott

      So, Marco Rubio is psychotic and non-believers were making fun of his mental illness?

    • stan schmunk

      Rubio’s quotes were appropriate and rather innocuous. The critics are evil.

  • Lee Stevens

    It’s always amusing to see how easily leftists become unsettled and terrified.

  • stan schmunk

    For centuries American Christians were a vast and highly tolerant majority? That’s a completely ignorant lie. Slavery and segregation were conservative Christian institutions backed by Scripture. The Native folks were considered to be the Canaanites, worthy of total destruction. I grew up in the 50s, 60s and 70s. I saw this supposed high level of tolerance first hand.

    • Timothy Horton

      What do you expect? They elected a nincompoop who sees the world through his “alternative facts”. Of course his addle-brained supporters see their nefarious track record through “alternative history”.

      • Patmos

        Timothy Horton’s daily attempt at catharsis. You really need to try something different, take up a hobby, racquetball, something. Because this just isn’t working out for you.

      • Shaquille Harvey

        Who said everyone here was a trump supporter ?

    • Patmos

      Backed by ignorance and backed by scripture are not the same thing. Stop trying to pin crimes on people who didn’t commit them, swine.

      • stan schmunk

        It was both. Learn American history, friend. The Southern Baptists apologized for their role in slavery and segregation in 1995, 150 years after the fact. Were they wrong?

        • Shaquille Harvey

          Yes as they did not understand the scriptural text properly

          • stan schmunk

            Yes they did. They were vile racists who used Christianity as a cover.

    • Shaquille Harvey

      “For centuries American Christians were a vast and highly tolerant majority? That’s a completely ignorant lie. Slavery and segregation were conservative Christian institutions backed by Scripture”

      What scripture ? The bible taught indentured servitude.

      “The Native folks were considered to be the Canaanites, worthy of total destruction. ”

      Based on what accounts?

      “I grew up in the 50s, 60s and 70s. I saw this supposed high level of tolerance first hand.”

      While I am not dismissing the intolerance that was around back then, ( as if it suddenly disappeared and has not taken other forms since), you seem to forget of the Christians and the Christian leaders that were at the forefront of the civil rights movement.

      • eric

        Perhaps some of you should study the scriptures on the subject of slavery. I may be wrong but I understand that a debtor could become a slave to clear a debt, but slaves had to be released in the sabbath year. Could an expert on the subject clear this one up?

        • retiredconservative

          Jubilee year, which, if I remember correctly from my fundamentalist childhood, was every fifty years.

          • eric

            Thanks.

        • stan schmunk

          True but American slavery wasn’t like that.

          • Shaquille Harvey

            So the slave owners, who practised chattel slavery, did not understand the scripture that they were reading. They did not understand basic biblical hermanutics, exegesis, context or language that the bible was written in (the lexicon or semantics)

          • stan schmunk

            What I said is true. I think they were just evil men using a few Scriptures scurriously to cover their great sin.

          • eric

            Exactly, Stan, so why relate it to scriptures. By the way, who released the slaves and what party did he belong to?

      • stan schmunk

        Not conservative white Christians. Black Christians, liberal Christians and Jews from up North.

        • Shaquille Harvey

          What liberal Christians ? Why do characterise the south back then as “conservative” Christians when they were predominantly democrat ? How do they suddenly become “conservative” Christians based on what facts ?

          • stan schmunk

            Are you familiar with the term ‘Bible Belt’?

          • Shaquille Harvey

            Yes and ? that term is still used today even though the South’s political side has changed

          • stan schmunk

            How did it change and why?

          • stan schmunk

            Are you saying that segregationists like Bob Jones and Jerry Falwell were liberals?

      • stan schmunk

        It was based on the curse on Ham’s son Canaan. It was said that the black race was under that curse. It was said that blacks were meant to be the world’s burden bearers. This was standard southern Christian theology and also held by some northern Christians as well. Paul’s admonition to slaves to obey their masters was used as well, especially to the slaves. But enough blacks, slave and free, discovered Moses and the Exodus that the race prayed that God would free them…and He did!

    • retiredconservative

      Wow. I grew up in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. As a Christian, I learned that enslaving another person or segregating others different from me was denying those people their dignity and worth as children of God. And I sat next to Native Americans during church services.

      I feel deeply saddened that your childhood was steeped in such a warped vision of Christianity and Christian charity.

      • stan schmunk

        It’s American history, friend. Please prove me wrong from a historical basis.

        • Shaquille Harvey

          What American history

          • stan schmunk

            You don’t know American history?

    • Jane

      The Democratic party and the Liberal fools are the ones who kept slavery intact, and who are continuing to hold blacks down. Margaret Sanger, founder of “Planned Unparenthood” wanted to exterminate all blacks and yet Killary Clinton is in bed with Cecile Richards. The liberal media doesn’t talk about these FACTS. Maybe you should do more research and find out what you are talking about before spewing your liberal venom.

      • stan schmunk

        Southern Democrats were conservative Christians. Northern Democrats were more liberal. The tension between the two broke wide open in 1964 when Goldwater carried 4-5 southern states because he was against the civil rights legislation. By 1980 the switch gained full force. The southern Christian Democrats moved to the right wing of the Republican Party. When I was a boy the South was blue but now it’s bright red. How do you explain it?

        • Shaquille Harvey

          Goldwater also voted for two previous civil right bills. What switch do you speak of a magority of republicans voted for 1960s civil rights act than any democrats did. Only a minor few swapped parties majority of democrats or Dixiecrats stayed loyal with the same party these include people like al gore senior, George Wallace, John Stennis etc. The south slowly did become red states but only after the late 1970s slowly as the stronghold Dixiecrat control of the states started losing power and lost to civil right opposition. Most southerners left for economic, governmental and religious resasons rather than for race.

          • stan schmunk

            Your last sentence is false.

          • Shaquille Harvey

            How please explain ?

          • stan schmunk

            You explain why it wasn’t about race.

          • stan schmunk

            Northern and western Republicans, NOT conservative Republicans or southern conservative Christian Democrats.

          • Shaquille Harvey

            And why do you still characterise the democrats as conservative?

          • stan schmunk

            Because the southern ones were all along. Are you saying that Bob Jones and Jerry Falwell, Southern Baptists, Southern Presbyterians and Southern Methodists were liberals?

  • Aint So

    When any statement or text is recognized to be a genuine threat to your true father, ie: the Father of all Lies, there will always be a compulsion to lash out in the greatest vitriol and contempt possible against the individual making the statement and still present a facade of being reasonable and of open and sound mind. The attack will always be a baseless and as often as not, foolish sounding attempt to discredit the one making the statement. Since the attackers are always agenda driven and dismissive of any real evidence or facts, rhetoric will always be the weapon of choice rather than the substance which they feign to possess but always decline to reveal. This is because they are always lying about that too. When these fools rise to attack in this manner, you may be assured you are coming dangerously near to God and to the actual truth about them. These are both revelations which they hate above all else since they will always seek to shroud themselves in darkness. This is why so many other Catholics, churches and so many Christians never find themselves under such attacks from these mindless goons. They are simply not a threat as Mr. Rubio appears to be.

    • Christian Cowboy

      Well said

  • Jane

    I am SO thankful that Marco Rubio is quoting Scripture and that he continues to do so! Our country was founded Judeo Christian principles and we do NOT need to stop being Catholic Christian people just because someone complains about it or is “offended”. I am OFFENDED every day by the Liberal Democrats and their violent, horrid, unaccepting behavior! Thank you Marco for EVERYTHING you do!!

    • stan schmunk

      Please list those Judeo-Christian principles on which we were founded.

      • Kevin Quillen

        you are a liar or very stupid or lazy. It is very easy to research and learn about the faith of the founders. One of the main reasons for public education was so that children would learn to read the Bible and become good citizens. Do you think that the founders would have included jury nullification in our system without laying a foundation that produced good, moral, and righteous men. Get a clue and quit following the liberal herd.

        • stan schmunk

          Please list those Judeo-Christian principles and compare them to our country’s actions at the same time.

  • Shirley Mott

    Thank you Senator Rubio. Without Jesus we can not be on the the right track in this country. Thank you for setting an example. I will begin my role a a Catholic to promote peace and not violence. I will be a rebel to tolerate and pretend to accept the evils I hear and read in the news. I challenge all Christians to quit hiding and let the world know we will not accept bigotry, sex trafficing, bullying, transgenderism, violent protests, abortion, domestic violence, ISIS, hate, and slavery.
    Let’s pray increasingly for us to be strong and courageous against all evil and let Satan know he is not welcomed in our world.
    I challenge everyone to say the rosary everyday. This is the strongest prayer we have to start our peace movement NOW. Let’s support Senator Rubio. He took the 1st step, let us follow his lead.
    We want PEACE and HONESTY in our government. Let’s quit taking sides-we need to fight for our country and world forever.

  • Jim Walker

    I’m glad that this Presidential election help Rubio to walk closer with God to be “bold” enough to tweet Bible verses.
    God works in mysterious ways, Amen ! Hope more of them will come forward like Rubio did.

  • I thought Jennifer Rubin was a conservative. Boo on her.

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