Self-declared socialist and so-called "Catholic" Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is comparing President Donald Trump and other religious liberty advocates to racist slave owners, accusing them of "weaponizing" the Bible to "justify bigotry."
The New York Democrat – who last year compared border detention centers to concentration camps – continued her fact-deprived attack on the Trump administration during a House Oversight Committee hearing Thursday, arguing it is guilty of waging a "religious liberty assault on LGBTQ rights."
AOC's Catholicism questioned
Catholic League president Bill Donohue asserts Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was once a Catholic, but says no evidence exists that she still is – even though she hints as though she still is … for political reasons.
"[S]he is conveniently labeled as a Catholic by some of her supporters and she occasionally implies she is still Catholic," Donohue offers in a press release. "Why does this matter? [W]hen someone who is no longer a member of the faith community he was raised in passes himself off as a loyal member – for self-serving political purposes – that raises serious ethical problems."
He points out that AOC carefully sidestepped proclaiming herself as Catholic when bashing religious liberty advocates.
"In her remarks, AOC never once identified herself as a Catholic – though she did play the religion card," Donohue notes. "She preferred to use such terms as, 'From the perspective of a woman of faith,' and 'I know it is part of my faith.'"
Donohue argues that the congresswoman's lingo strays far from that of a true Catholic.
"Not only did she not identify her faith, she said, 'We are equal, in my faith, in the eyes of the world,'" Donohue points out. "Catholics don't speak that way. They would say something like, 'As a Catholic, I believe we are all equal in the eyes of God.'"
In sizing up AOC's stance, Donohue offers this:
"AOC flexed her so-called Catholic muscles by taking the side of someone [Minton] who deliberately sought an operation from a Catholic institution that was prohibited by its religious tenets from performing," Donohue explained. "She obviously does not believe in the free exercise of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Worse, she took the side of anti-Catholics."
"The Catholic League does not tolerate fictions. Everyone knows that inside a pregnant woman's body there is another human being, and everyone knows that no one can change his or her chromosomal makeup – even though many learned people believe otherwise. And everyone should know that AOC is a fraud."
AOC attacking all who uphold the Bible
The left-leaning 30-year-old member of the Democratic Socialists of America – who is known popularly as "AOC" – expressed that Christians using religious exemptions to exclude homosexual and transgender citizens remind her of people who "weaponized" Scripture to enable slavery, racism, and white supremacy.
"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," the leader of the "Squad" told panelists at the hearing, according to the Washington Examiner. "White supremacists have done it, those who justified slavery did it, those who fought against integration did it, and we're seeing it today."
Emotions, not facts, lead her narrative against Bible-believing – not Bible-denying – Americans, as she attempted to deliver a religious sermon to the panelists.
"I feel as though if Christ himself walked through those doors and said what He said thousands of years ago, when He said 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 camel to go through the eye of the needle than a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven – He would be maligned as a radical and rejected from these doors," AOC insisted.
'My faith commands me …'
She then claimed her Catholic beliefs make her approach every person – including transgender committee panelist Evan Minton – with a holy reverence.
"My faith commands me to treat Mr. Minton as holy because he is sacred – because his life is sacred," Ocasio-Cortez explained. "There is nothing holy about rejecting medical care of people – no matter who they are – on the grounds of what their identity is. There is nothing holy about turning someone away from a hospital. There is nothing holy about rejecting a child from a family. There is nothing holy about writing discrimination into the law."
She held back no punches, essentially accusing Christians of being nothing more than empowered haters – saying nothing of Christian charity, volunteering and sharing the gospel of love.
"And I am tired of communities of faith being weaponized and being mischaracterized, because the only time religious freedom is invoked is in the name of bigotry and discrimination," the Puerto Rican American insisted.
Many of the privileges former President Barack Obama had established while aggressively promoting the LGBTQ agenda have been rescinded in order to allow people of faith to live out their convictions without being punished or violated.
"The Trump administration has rolled back some regulations relating to gender identity and sexual orientation – including banning transgender people from the military and changing certain regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation," the Examiner reported.
"President Trump has rolled back several federal protections for gay and transgender Americans put in place by the Obama administration, [and] has likewise expanded exemptions for religious groups – including allowing adoption and foster care agencies that receive federal funding to turn away prospective providers who are gay or transgender."