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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who is Catholic, likes to quote her favorite passage from the Bible. She has been doing this for over a decade, and most recently when she spoke to Christian educators at the end of January. But there is just one problem: the verse does not exist.
The president, who made the infamous line about Obamacare, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it”, is known to goof here and there, but it is not. case.
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Years ago, to support pressure for global warming legislation, she said in an Earth Day press release: “The Bible tells us in the Old Testament, ‘Provide 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 has cited the false passage at least 11 times from House floor since 2002, according to the Congressional Record.
Slate said she used it to recognize the genocide in Darfur, support the endangered species law and twice to honor Catholic schools. She was publicly criticized in 2008, but seems to acknowledge that, among the thousands of Bible verses to choose from, she cannot determine exactly where it is.
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“I can’t find it in the Bible but I quote it all the time, and I continue to read and read the Bible. I know it’s out there somewhere, “Pelosi told the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities conference last Wednesday.” It’s supposed to be in Isaiah, but I heard a bishop say that meeting the needs of the God’s creation is an act of worship. to ignore these needs is to dishonor the God who created us.
“It’s there somewhere in some words or another, but certainly the spirit is there,” Pelosi said. “And that we all have a responsibility to act according to our beliefs and the dignity and worth of each person.”
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While she has used the verse for many different causes, last week she turned to comprehensive immigration reform.
Claude Mariottini, Old Testament professor at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary called it “fictional,” saying, “It’s not in the Bible. There is nothing that even comes close.
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Pelosi’s admission comes as President Trump recently celebrated in many states the introduction of “Bible literacy” classes in public schools.