Responding to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders this Wednesday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) cited the bible in an effort to shoot down Sander’s contention that climate change is something only God can solve.
In a recent Fox News interview with Sean Hannity, Sanders referenced recent comments from Ocasio-Cortez where she said the world is going to “end” in 12 years if nothing is done about climate change.
“I don’t think that we are going to listen to her on much of anything, particularly anything that we will leave into the hands of a much, much higher authority, and certainly not listen to the freshman congresswoman on when the world may end,” Sanders said.
Ocasio-Cortez then took to Twitter, and without citing specific verses, referred to the bible.
“Genesis 1: God looked on the world & called it good not once, not twice, but seven times,” she tweeted. “Genesis 2: God commands all people to ‘serve and protect’ creation.”
“Leviticus: God mandates that not only the people, but the land that sustains them, shall be respected,” she added.
In a follow-up tweet, Ocasio-Cortez told Sanders that she “shouldn’t need a Bible to tell you to protect our planet, but it does anyway.”
You shouldn’t need a Bible to tell you to protect our planet, but it does anyway.
(h/t to @RELEVANT mag for source excerpts that I adapted for the previous tweet)
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 23, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet was sourced from a Relevant Magazine article that claimed climate change activism is biblically based. The tweet mirrored the following excerpt from the article almost to a tee.
Genesis 1 says that God looked on the world He had made and called it good not once, not twice, but seven times. In Genesis 2, God commands His image-bearers to “serve and protect” creation (Genesis 2:15). When God is teaching the Israelites how to be His people after rescuing them from Egypt, He mandates that not only the people but the land that sustains them shall be respected (Leviticus 25:1-5).
No doubt, some biblical scholars and religious conservatives may take issue with AOC’s biblical interpretations, but what’s undeniable is that her social media skills are like a swarm of locusts unto Republicans seeking to undermine her.
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