AOC Just Clapped Back At Republicans Using The Power Of The Holy Bible
Conservatives, namely Republicans, have long used Christian beliefs to inform their political ones. Supporters of the religious right wing have long tapped at the pages of The Bible to support their agendas related to women’s rights, social programs, and health care. That’s why, when Freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez referenced the Good Book to push an economic bill she co-sponsored with Sen. Bernie Sanders this past Thursday, she raised quite a few brows.
AOC sarcastically suggested she ought to win popularity amongst religious right wing supporters this week.
In her tweet, the Bronx- born congresswoman of Puerto Rican descent, called on Christians to ‘uphold their principles’ when it came to usury and made references to Christians who recently pushed for restrictive abortion laws. She cracked the joke in a tweet about the “Loan Sharking Prevention Act” which works to put a cap on credit-card interest rates at 15 percent. It also works to end payday loans.
“Usury – aka high interest – happens to be explicitly denounced in the Bible (& in many other religions),” she wrote in a post to her Twitter account.
“Looking forward to having the religious right uphold their principles + sign onto my bill… Unless of course they’re only invoking religion to punish women + queer people,” she added.
The last line was a clear swipe at the recent anti-abortion bills that have been passed in conservative states such as Alabama and Georgia.
On Tuesday, Alabama representative Terri Collins introduced legislation that would make performing abortions at any point during a woman’s pregnancy a felony. The bill does not make exceptions for cases of rape and incest, but does if the pregnancy poses “a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.”
Under the bill, should a doctor perform the procedure, they could be charged with a Class A felony, which carries a prison sentence of 10 to 99 years.
Ocasio-Cortez continued her lambasting on Thursday with another tweet claiming conservatives are attempting to target human sexuality.
“Abortion bans aren’t just about controlling women’s bodies,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “They’re about controlling women’s sexuality. Owning women. From limiting birth control to banning comprehensive sex ed, US religious fundamentalists are working hard to outlaw sex that falls outside their theology.”