The letter, signed by 70 members of the clergy, posed this argument: “Whether from the words of Torah or the Gospels of Jesus, whether from the Talmud or the Koran — our traditions all are explicit and clear on one thing: We are commanded to seek the welfare and healing of all those in our midst, especially the weak, especially the vulnerable.”
I’ve read all of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Bible many times and can’t recall a single passage commanding us to lobby Caesar to take from neighbor A by threat of force to give to neighbor B.
Yep, nothing like a bunch of pro-abortion clergy lecturing you about helping the “weak” and “especially the vulnerable.” I’m getting all choked up here.
There was one true point:
I wouldn’t say that the Torah commands a public option per se, but I think our faith does require we have a debate about the best ways to improve health care for the underprivileged.
I don’t know if faith requires it or not, but of course we should have a debate. The problem is that there are many great ideas being ignored (tort reform, more competition, tax benefits to employees so they can take coverage when they leave, etc.) because the Liberals don’t want to entertain those. These religious folks set up the typical false dichotomy: Give all the control to Caesar or you are a greedy bastard who hates the poor.
No Christian should have been involved in such an enterprise. It clearly breaks God’s command not to be unequally yoked on spiritual matters. Then again, what do theological Liberals care about God’s commands?
I don’t think Lieberman has much to worry about. If he changes his mind it won’t be because these folks prayed, because Baal isn’t real.