Letter to the editor | What would Jesus do?

July 2, 2013 

JeHouse Speaker John Boehner said there would be no House vote on the Senate immigration bill. He claims to speak for the American people.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said “Jesus wept” when the Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act, albeit in limited amenable states where gay marriage is already legal.

That Jesus would weep at such movement forward for humanity begs many questions of the neo-Republican genre, now defined explicitly by irony.

Does Boehner’s incessant invocation of the American people include the majority who support effective and humane immigration policy, gay marriage, access to birth control and family planning (which make abortion rare), gun control, equal wages for women, a safety net for the poor and environmental protection, all compatible with a robust economy?

Did Huckabee’s Jesus weep after the Supreme Court dismantled the Voting Rights Act, after a Farm Bill amendment proposed taking food stamps from hungry children, after Republicans’ sustained threats to end so-labeled entitlements, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?

A humane and just worldview seems glaringly evident in the teachings of Jesus, the man, to whom Republicans now claim proprietary rights.

Still, maybe those American people who believe in a kind and just god can remain hopeful that Boehner and Huckabee, together with their mean friends, eventually will discover that their exclusive and twisted stairway to heaven is likely the down escalator.

Marylouise Markle

State College

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