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Turnabout is Fair Play: Fox & Friends Angry Obama Can Quote Scripture Too

Some conservatives spend their entire days bending scripture to make their point or banking their entire anti-gay stance on a few verses.

When Obama did it in Thursday’s immigration speech, though, Fox News went nuts.

“Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger — we were strangers once, too,” the president said during his prime time speech, referencing Exodus 23:9.  “My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.”

Fox’s Tucker Carlson, however, said quoting scripture to make it seem like God was on your side was ‘repugnant’ when it came from the left.

“For this guy specifically, the president who spent his career defending late-term abortion, among other things, lecturing us on Christian faith? That’s too much. That is too much,” the Fox host said, with his knickers in a knot. “This is the Christian left at work, and it’s repugnant.”

He then said for a politician like Obama to quote scripture, “That’s out of bounds.”

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, then added that no serious Biblical scholar would interpret the scripture that way.

“He’s using it to guilt someone into” supporting immigration reform, Hasselbeck replied. “That’s not what the scholars behind the Bible would interpret as proper use.”

While it is not clear exactly which scholars Hasselbeck has in mind, plenty of Christians actually do use the scripture to talk about immigration, particularly those that align themselves with social justice.

In the most laughable moment, Mike Huckabee – the same man who told states to ignore the Supreme Court if they do not agree  and pastors to preach politics from the pulpits (positions justified by his ‘biblical’ views) – actually accused Obama of re-writing the Bible for the liberal’s political gain.

“I always thought that Scripture was eternal and unchanging,” Huckabee said, “but apparently, now that Obama is President, Scripture gets rewritten more often than Bill Cosby’s Wikipedia entry.”

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  • pierdkc

    tell ’em to check out Deuteronomy 11:18. says it all very clearly.