Apr 03, 2017 by Will Maule

Congressman: The Bible Says Unemployed People 'Shouldn't Be Fed'

A Republican lawmaker quoted the New Testament earlier this week when questioning why the US doesn't have stricter work requirements for those on government welfare. 

In a House Agriculture Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, took the opportunity to read from the Bible after a witness in the hearing referenced a passage from Leviticus in his testimony.

“I think that’s a great reflection on the character of God and compassion of God’s heart and how we ought to reflect that compassion in our lives,” Arrington said.

Citing 2 Thessalonians 3:10, Arrington implied that even Jesus himself thought that people should work for their food. “The scripture tells us in 2 Thessalonians chapter 3:10, he says, ‘for even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: If a man will not work, he shall not eat. And then he goes on to say ‘we hear that some among you are idle.’ . . . I think it’s a reasonable expectation that we have work requirements,” Arrington said.

“I think every American — Republican and Democrat — wants to help the neediest among us,” he continued. “And I think that it is a reasonable expectation that we have work requirements. I think that gives more credibility, quite frankly, to SNAP.”

Check out the moment below. 

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