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This Is What Happens When a Biblically Illiterate MSM Journalist Attacks a Christian Congressman

New York Times Culture Writer Sopan Deb
New York Times Culture Writer Sopan Deb got blasted on Twitter for suggesting a Christian congressman wants to make unemployed people starve. (Video screenshot image)

If you ever wondered what the liberal mainstream media think of Christianity in general, wonder no more.

For starters, you need to first understand that for about three-fourths of their day, members of the Washington press corps retweet their colleagues' articles, particularly if they are somehow viewed as a slam on President Donald Trump or Republicans in Congress. With that in mind, Sopan Deb, a wannabe stand-up comedian who is a "culture writer" for The New York Times, tweeted out the link to a Washington Post article in which U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) quoted the Bible [gasp] to justify his position on eligibility for the SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) program.

In the article, Arrington is said to have quoted 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (written in the article as "3-10"), which states: "For when we were with you, we commanded you that if any will not work, neither shall he eat."

The article itself also notes that "theologians from several denominations"—meaning the WaPo was fishing for an interpretation that would fit a narrative, but didn't find one—said that scriptural reference "applies specifically" to people who can work or otherwise contribute to society, but choose not to. It also noted that there are many Americans (probably even a majority) who believe a lot of SNAP recipients are "exactly this sort of 'freeloader.'"

But, using just 77 of his allotted 140 characters on Twitter, Deb summarized the article this way: "GOP lawmaker: The Bible says the unemployed 'shall not eat'"

Because, obviously, Christians hate poor people, right? Or, is it just Republicans who quote the Bible who hate poor people? Whichever version of the time-worn liberal narrative he was attempting to use, Deb immediately got put on blast from all directions of the Twitterverse.

One Twitter user asked this question:

"Is the unspoken assumption that a) there are no freeloaders on EBT? or b) freeloading on EBT is A-OK?"

Another then asked:

"Encouraging self-sufficiency in the able is bad now? President Clinton had a welfare to work initiative. Did you have a problem w/it then?"

Apparently, these folks didn't get their full liberal media indoctrination for the day. Otherwise, they would know that demanding a little personal responsibility by encouraging people to fend for themselves and not allow the government to control them by providing their basic needs is evil now.

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