Al Sharpton Upset Over Bill O’Reilly’s Remark That Jesus Wouldn’t Be Down With Helping The Poor
Bill O’Reilly’s Remark that Jesus would not being down with helping the poor by supporting programs like food stamps, struck a nerve with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton. O’Reilly said helping one group will hurt the other group.
“Jesus wouldn’t be down with helping the poor? There’s nothing in the bible to back that up,” said Sharpton. He said O’Reilly’s argument is wrong because he’s trying to make his point by showing a clip of an actor playing Jesus. Sharpton cited some actual quotes from the Bible that suggests that Jesus does care for the poor. After reading the quotes, Sharpton said, “Folks, here’s the truth. Caring for the poor is something that people of all religions care about. It’s not about Christians or non-Christians or about Democrats or Republicans.” He continued, “It’s about doing the right thing for those who need help the most.”
Joe Madison said, “I don’t think there’s a religion on the planet that would do what would be considered the gospel according to what? Bill O’Reilly?” He added that the gospel is good news for the rich and bad news for the poor in reality.
After Madison commented, Shartpon shows another clip of O’Reilly saying that it’s the poor’s own fault if they have nothing to eat. O’Reilly added that it’s not fair to ask others who have trouble putting food on the table themselves to pay taxes for those who use the money to buy booze and drugs instead of food.
Bill Press pointed out that it was ironic for O’Reilly to say what he said. “Here’s a guy, Bill O’Reilly, who has invented this whole crazy idea that we’re declaring war on Christmas, and he has declared war on what Christmas is all about,” said Press. He said he was always taught to give what little they have to help others who were less fortunate than his family were. Press also suggested that O’Reilly read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.