- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a habit of quoting a line which she says comes from the Bible but which, in fact, does not appear anywhere in the sacred text.
- The Catholic Democrat referred to the line almost a dozen times in the Congressional Record: “Providing for the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore these needs is to dishonor the God who created us.
- “I can’t find it in the Bible, but I quote it all the time,” Pelosi conceded this week. “I keep reading and reading the Bible, I know it’s out there somewhere.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a habit of quoting a line that she says is in the Bible but does not, in fact, appear anywhere in the holy book.
“Providing for the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore these needs is to dishonor the God who created us, ”Pelosi often says.
Slate discovered that the California Democrat delivered the line 11 times between 2002 and 2018 on the Congressional Record. But oneDuring an event with a group of Christian colleges this week, Pelosi admitted that the message might not be biblical.
“I can’t find it in the Bible, but I quote it all the time,” Pelosi, who is Catholic, told the rally. “I keep reading and reading the Bible – I know it’s out there somewhere. It’s supposed to be in Isaiah.”
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Two religion teachers told Slate that the closest message to Pelosi’s in the Bible is Proverbs 14:31, which deals with helping the poor: “Those who oppress the poor insult their Creator, but those who are good to the needy honor him.”
Politicians frequently refer to the Bible, and sometimes misquote it. Recently, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez referred to a biblical message after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested the US government should leave environmental protection to God.
“‘Genesis 1: God looked at the world and called it good not once, not twice, but seven times. Genesis 2: God commands all men to” serve and protect “creation. Leviticus: God commands that not only the people, but the land that sustains them, will be respected, ‘” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
She continued: “You shouldn’t need a Bible to tell you to protect our planet, but it still does.”