Voting For Health Care Reform As An Affront To God

There have been a lot of ridiculous attacks on health care reform, but this might be the most absurd (via Think Progress):

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) — speaking with Fox News host Glenn Beck on his radio show this morning — said the timing of the vote is unholy. He warned that Democrats intend to “take away the liberty that we have right from God” on “the Sabbath, during Lent.” Beck agreed, calling the Sunday vote an “affront to God,” and something “our founders would have never” done “[o]ut of respect for God”:

KING: They intend to vote on the Sabbath, during Lent, to take away the liberty that we have right from God. […]

BECK: You couldn’t have said it better. Here is a group of people that have so perverted our faith and our hope and our charity, that is a — this is an affront to God. And I honestly, I don’t think anybody is like, “yes, and now what we’ll do is we’ll vote on the Sabbath.” But I think it’s absolutely appropriate that these people are trying to put the nail in the coffin on our country on a Sunday — something our founders would have never, ever, ever done. Out of respect for God.

Think Progress also points out that the Republicans did pass at least one measure on a Sunday:

On Palm Sunday in 2005, the Republican-controlled Senate passed a controversial bill to allow a federal court to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo. The House passed the same bill shortly after midnight on Monday morning.

That is one vote which should not have been held–not because of religion but because of violating the principle of keeping the government off our backs.


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    Wellescent Health Blog says:

    Such commentary really marks the territory of religious extremism and earns the speakers about as much respect as that given to fire and brimstone preachers on their soap boxes screaming about the end of the world.

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    Nikki Butler says:

    RT @ronchusid: Voting For Health Care Reform As An Affront To God–worst objection to voting for #hcr yet. #p2

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    Howe Saduare says:

    Ron – the comment is an attack on the process
    Welles – are you aware most of US pop.  is Christian? commandment – “Keep Holy the Sabbath Day” ummm that is not extremism
    Nikki – objection is to the sloppy, hacked up bill that has not been appropriately voted on – and you and I will have to wait to see the content after it is passed (Pelosi – genius). 

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    Fred Carpenter says:

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    Ron Chusid says:


    Of course it is an attack on the process. The right wingers finally hit a dead end with their distortions of the actual bill so now they are concentrating on fallacious attacks on the process.

    The commenter from Wellescent Health Blog is correct. The Founding Fathers established a secular government and such commandments about the Sabbath are irrelevant. Republicans have also passed legislation on Sunday.

    The bill has not been voted on as the vote is scheduled for Sunday (the point of the post). It is hardly a hacked up bill. We do not have to wait to see it. It was the Republicans who rammed through legislation without proper debate or allowing people to read it. The Democrats have reformed the system by posting the legislation 72 hours before the vote. The legislation was posted on line yesterday, with the vote being delayed for 72 hours after it was made public, resulting in the Sunday vote.

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    HealthCare Shake-Up says:

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    Charles says:

    It is always a hoot to read Biblical illiterates like King and Beck speaking about God as if they knew what the Bible contains or what God wants of us. The offence against God is not the Sunday vote, it is the stance of the Republican party being against an act of justice, the primary demand God makes of all of us, including members of Congress. The prophet Micah writing God’s command, “What does God require of you but to love kindness, to do justice and to walk humbly with your God.”  What the health bill does for those without insurance, those who have been abused by the insurance industry, is justice – the opportunity for all to have as good a coverage as King and all other members of Congress. On one Sabbath in the Synagogue, Jesus was berated by the Pharisees when he was about to heal a man with a withered arm. His response to them is his response to King, Beck and all others whose job is to protect the rich and thereby despoil the poor and oppressed: “Is it better to do good or to do evil on the Sabbath.?”  The voting on Sunday is the good, the just thing to do. King and Beck would rather do the evil.   

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