Sen. Ted Cruz: quoting from Bible to stop Obamacare

If Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., set out to get some attention, he certainly succeeded.

While the Affordable Care Act passed the House and Senate and was signed into law by President Obama three-and-a-half years ago, a some conservative lawmakers refuse to accept those votes.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex.

The senator from Texas is foremost among the anti-health-care fighters. He took to the Senate floor last night in a filibuster bid to defund the ACA.

The move is not expected to have any impact on the legislation, The Washington Post reported this morning.

So far, Cruz has attracted some attention for reading the Dr. Seuss’ classic “Green Eggs and Ham” last night. But when he reached into the Bible to quote Scripture, some Christians and members of his own party were not amused.

Cruz read King Solomon’s Wise Words from the Book of Proverbs.

Diana Butler Bass, author of “Christianity after Religion” and several other books, tweeted her disdain:

Diana Butler Bass @dianabutlerbass
Reading scripture to block health care for poor people is a singularly bad idea. #filibuster #Obamacare

Cruz does have many supporters, who sent him suggestions, such as Proverbs 10:4:

“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”

What do you think? Is Cruz out of line to quote Scripture here?

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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