Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed without evidence on Monday that “many” Republican members of Congress would attack Jesus if he came to Congress despite the fact that over 99 percent of Republican members of Congress identify as Christian.
“Sick and tired of Republicans who co-opt faith as an excuse to advance bigotry and barbarism,” the far-left congresswoman claimed on Twitter. “Fact is, if today Christ himself came to the floor of Congress and repeated his teachings, many would malign him as a radical and eject him from the chamber.”
“When politicians use faith as an excuse to pass and uphold laws that seize control of people’s bodies but not guarantee them healthcare, feed the poor, shelter the homeless, or welcome the stranger, you have to wonder if it’s really about faith at all,” she later claimed.
Ocasio-Cortez’s claims are not factually supported anywhere in the real world as nearly all Republican members of Congress identify as being Christian.
“In the 116th Congress, just two of the 252 GOP members do not identify as Christian: Reps. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and David Kustoff, R-Tenn., are Jewish,” Pew Research Center reported. “Among Republicans and those who lean toward the Republican Party in the general public, 82% of registered voters are Christians, compared with about 99% of Republicans in Congress.”
According to numbers compiled by Pew Research Center, 99.2 percent of the Republican members of Congress identify as Christian.
Ocasio-Cortez’s sensational and unsubstantiated remarks come as confirmation hearings began on Monday for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who is a devout Catholic.
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee talked extensively about Democrats’ bigoted attacks on Barrett in 2017 over her faith.
“Some of my colleagues may once again, try to misrepresent and out right disparage Judge Barrett’s religious beliefs and affiliations,” Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) said. “In 2017, they suggested Judge Barrett was too faithful or too Catholic to be a judge. One senator asked whether she considered herself an Orthodox Catholic. Another told her the dogma lives loudly within you and that is of concern. Let me remind everyone that Article 1 clearly prohibits religious tests for serving in public office.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) also sounded off on the issue and the importance of religious liberty.
“Religious liberty is the basic idea that how you worship is none of the government’s business. Government can wage Wars, government can write parking tickets, but government cannot save souls,” Sasse said. “Government’s really important, or as important. Parking tickets are important, but your soul is something that the government can’t touch. So whether you worship in a mosque or a synagogue or a church, your faith or your lack of faith is none of the government’s business.”
“Religious liberty is one of those five great freedoms clustered in the first amendment, religion, speech, press, assembly, and protest,” Sasse continued. “You don’t need the government’s permission to have religious liberty. Religious liberty is the default assumption of our entire system. And because religious liberty is the fundamental 101 rule in American life, we don’t have religious tests. This committee isn’t in the business of deciding whether the dogma lives too loudly within someone. This committee isn’t in the business of deciding which religious beliefs are good, and which religious beliefs are bad, and which religious beliefs are weird.”