Charlie Rangel: We all know Jesus said you’re going to Hell if you don’t support big gov’t

posted at 10:01 pm on September 24, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Let’s call him the Left’s Pat Robertson, though the comparison might not be entirely fair to Robertson because he’s probably paid more of his taxes than Rangel. If a Republican uttered anything near this level of nasty, particularly with a religious bent, it’d be news for days, becoming part of the national narrative on heartless, religious rubes of the Right. But Bible thumping’s a-okay, as long as you’re using the Good Book to thump conservatives.

And, thus Rep. Charlie Rangel’s assessment that roughly half the country is headed for a smitin’ for its embrace of barbarically low spending levels of the sort we had in 2008 or so, is just good, intellectual argument at the “Place for Politics.”

I had no idea the Scriptures were so specific about Social Security, but hey, if Rangel says he knows the Bible, he knows the Bible. He said he knew the tax code, and…well, nevermind.

This is one of my pet peeves. Society and government are not the same thing. Government is not the only way to help those less fortunate than oneself. Did Jesus ask us to help the least among us or did he ask us to empower our lawmakers to forcibly take our money as a symbol of our compassion, so that it can be spent with dubious results for those it’s meant to serve and little accountability for those allegedly serving them? Call me crazy but when I try to fulfill my obligation to God and my fellow man, I like to do it voluntarily and with some notion as to where my money goes, what it does, and whether it actually helps anyone. Simply demanding liberal policies as societal shorthand for how much I care just doesn’t do it for me. It’s an indirect, clumsy way to help people, at best ineffective and at worst corrupt. No one who cares where their charitable contributions go would give to an organization with a track record and 990 that looked anything like the federal government’s, and yet we’re supposed to accept that the only way to avoid Hell is to give a third of our income over to it?

Anyone who says so can go to straight to…my prayer list.

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OMG…I think Rangel has a point…’s right there in the Pelosi-Kennedy-Cuomo Liberal Progressive version of the Bible:

Romanippianeastese 1-69

“…And Jesus said, ‘Unless you giveth as much of thou wealth to the Roman Empire as the empire demands in taxes to redistribute to widows and children (less a nominal handling fee), thou shalt be like the eye of a needle trying to pass through a camel’….”

olesparkie on September 25, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Rev. 22:18: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.”

Akzed on September 25, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Hopefully he’ll find out very soon if he’s right.

Fazman on September 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM

The level and frequency of the depravity from these people is breath taking isn’t it?

44Magnum on September 25, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Seeing as how Rangel doesn’t pay his taxes, he’s not supporting big government. He’s going to hell.

Ward Cleaver on September 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

He was hungry, and you didn’t give him food stamps. He was thirsty, and you didn’t purify his water. He was naked, and you didn’t give him Social Security.

Just in case you missed it, this is what Charlie Rangel actually said.

Of course, if you look at the charity actually run by Jesus, there was a bag kept for the poor. Money for the poor was given to the keeper of that bag, and charitable help to the poor was given from that bag. No government was involved anywhere.

Replace “bag” with “fund,” and you basically have how churches have historically given to the poor.

Hopefully, without the “keeper of the fund” being a thief like Judas was.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Shut up Rangel and quit taking the Lord’s name in vain.

Quartermaster on September 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

That may have been for beggars (blind, cripples, orphans etc), but the poor were to be fed by the laws of harvest – gleaning, field corners, and tree top fruit. They were to work for their food, not get handouts.

Judas, the disciple who kept the bag, criticized a woman for giving an extravagant gift to Jesus rather than selling it and giving the proceeds to the poor. He said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he kept the bag and stole from it.

Rangel and his cohort keep the bag, and steal from it. That is their entire “concern” for the poor: their skim.

Akzed on September 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

This is probably a little known fact but the Amish are exempted from Social and Medicare taxes. So, according to Charlie Rangle, the most deeply religious group of people in America are condemned to hell since the don’t participate in SS.

antifederalist on September 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Rangel is a liar and a cheat and should currently be in jail.

sadatoni on September 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM


Fallon on June 17, 2014 at 7:21 PM