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AOC Pounds Table, Cites Her ‘Faith’ To Rail Against Conservative Christians’ ‘Bigotry And Discrimination’
House Financial Services Committee member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) puts on her glasses as the committee takes a break in the testimony of Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC
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During a House Oversight Committee hearing held Thursday on “The Administration’s Religious Liberty Assault on LGBTQ Rights,” far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) cited her own personal faith to attack conservative Christians who advocate for religious liberty, comparing them to slave owners and white supremacists and claiming that they lean on the First Amendment only to advance “bigotry and discrimination.”

“I am experiencing this hearing, and I’m struggling whether I respond or launch into this question as a legislator or from the perspective of a woman of faith,” stated the radical congresswoman.

“It’s very difficult to sit here and listen to arguments in the long history of this country of using scripture and weaponizing and abusing scripture to justify bigotry,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “White supremacists have done it, those who justified slavery did it, those who fought against integration did it, and we’re seeing it today.”

The far-left congresswoman suggested Christ would be against religious liberty; He would be “maligned as a radical and rejected from these doors,” she claimed.

“And sometimes, especially in this body, I feel as though if Christ himself walked through these doors and said what he said thousands of years ago, that we should love our neighbor and our enemy, that we should welcome the stranger, fight for the least of us, that it is easier for a rich man — it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into a kingdom of heaven, he would be maligned as a radical and rejected from these doors,” the representative said.

“And I know, and it is part of my faith, that all people are holy, and all people are sacred, unconditionally,” she continued. “And that is what makes faith sometimes, that is what what prompts us to transform.”

“It’s not about that it is up to us to love parts of people,” the pro-abortion congresswoman said. “We love all people.”

“There is nothing holy about turning someone away from a hospital,” AOC carried on, now pounding her hands against the table. “There’s nothing holy about about rejecting a child from a family. There’s nothing holy about writing discrimination into the law.”

“And I am tired of communities of being of faith being weaponized and being mischaracterized because the only time religious freedom is invoked is in the name of bigotry and discrimination,” accused Ocasio-Cortez. “I’m tired of it.”

“I just have to get that out ahead of time, because it is deeply disturbing not just what is happening here, but what this administration is advancing is the idea that religion and faith is about exclusion,” AOC closed. “It is not up to us, it is not up to us to deny medical care; it is up to us to feed the hungry to clothe the poor to protect children and to love all people as ourselves.”

As outlined by The Blaze, religious liberty is fundamental to Christian conservatives in modern times:

When a religious hospital says that they cannot conduct a transgender medical procedure that goes against the tenets of their belief, the resistance is to the procedure rather than an active prejudice toward the person asking for it. When a Christian baker or florist can’t serve as a vendor for a same-sex wedding ceremony, the issue at hand for them is not being able to participate in an action they believe to be sinful, rather than a desire not to associate with a class of people they don’t like. When a pro-life doctor or hospital won’t perform an abortion, it’s not because of some secret desire to control a woman’s organs, but because their conscience won’t allow them to facilitate the taking of unborn life.

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