Bible: Politics


    Genesis

  1. "Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over ... every living thing that moveth upon the earth."
    This verse is used to justify Christian opposition to birth control, concern for the environment, and animal rights. The earth was made for humans, and they can do as they damn well please with it. Ann Coulter says, presumably using this verse as for justification, "God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.'" 1:28

  2. "To dress and keep it"
    Some believers claim that this verse requires them to be environmentalists. 2:15

  3. "Am I my brother's keeper?"
    Quoted by President Obama at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast, implying that the answer is, "Yes, we are our brother's keeper," although Cain probably meant something more like, "I don't know, it's not my day to watch him." 4:9

  4. "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
    Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) claims that this verse proves that human influenced climate change is impossible. 8:22

  5. "I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."
    According to David Barton, this verse requires the US to support Israel. 12:3

  6. God gave Abraham and his descendants all of the land of Canaan "forever". This promise is still used to justify the unending battles over the land in the Middle East. 13:14-15, 15:18, 17:8, 22:17-18, 26:4

    Exodus

  7. "Thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers."
    Only Christian men should be rulers. 18:21

  8. "The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel."
    The Christian Right uses this verse to justify an absolute flat tax, where everyone, rich or poor, pays the same dollar amount in taxes. 30:15

    Leviticus

  9. "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof."
    This verse is inscribed on the Liberty Bell and was used by abolitionists in their fight against slavery. Leviticus 25:10

    Numbers

  10. Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, the first freethought/democracy martyrs, refused to follow Moses blindly, saying that everyone is holy and should be free to think for him or herself. God killed them and their families for daring to challenge Moses. 16:1-35

    Deuteronomy

  11. "If there be among you a poor man ... thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother."
    Cited by Associated Baptist Press in defense of the Affordable Care Act. 15:7

    Joshua

  12. "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
    Donald Rumsfeld sent this verse to inspire the troops during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. 1:9

    2 Chronicles

  13. "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray ... then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
    The Christian Right uses this verse to argue for a Christian Nation. But it can also be interpreted to mean that Christians should pray, not vote. 7:14

  14. "Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD."
    Hate the sinner and vote for Christians -- or God will pour his wrath out on you. 19:2

    Ezra

  15. David Barton at Glenn Beck's "University" says that this verse is the basis for the American Founding Fathers' decision not to tax churches. 7:24

    Psalms

  16. "Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. Let his days be few; and let another take his office."
    A prayer for Christian terrorists. 109:8-9

    Proverbs

  17. "A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just."
    The Religious Right uses this verse to oppose estate taxes. 13:22

  18. "He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want."
    A verse for the 47%. 22:16

  19. "The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it." 29:7

  20. "Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy."
    President Obama quoted these verses at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast to show why Christians (unlike Mitt Romney) should care about the poor. 31:8-9

    Isaiah

  21. "Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind."
    Donald Rumsfeld sent this verse to inspire the troops during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. 5:28

  22. "Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in."
    Donald Rumsfeld sent this verse to inspire the troops during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. 26:2

    Jeremiah

  23. Christians often cite this verse as biblical proof that a fetus is a person. Their rationale is if God knows us in the womb, then fetuses are people, too. Of course, they overlook the verses that show God's willingness to kill both the born and unborn. 1:5, 22:3

  24. "Deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place."
    Cited by Associated Baptist Press in defense of the Affordable Care Act. 22:3

    Ezekiel

  25. Sodom's sin wasn't homosexuality. It was pride, greed, idleness, and refusing to help the poor. (Republicans are the new Sodomites.) 16:49

  26. "The prince shall not take of the people's inheritance by oppression, to thrust them out of their possession; but he shall give his sons inheritance out of his own possession: that my people be not scattered every man from his possession." This verse is used by Republicans to justify protecting the rich from taxation. 46:18

    Matthew

  27. "For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath." Isn't this from the Republican Party platform? 13:12

  28. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
    Quoted by Elizabeth Warren in her 2012 Democratic National Convention speech. 25:40

    Mark

  29. "For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath." -- The US Republican Party motto 4:25

    Luke

  30. "Whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have." Jesus was the first Republican. 8:18

  31. "Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more."
    Quoted by President Obama at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast, in support of increased taxes on the wealthy. 12:48

  32. "Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him." These verses are used by Republicans to justify protecting the rich from taxation. 19:24-26

  33. "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's."
    Pay your taxes. Keep state and church separate. 20:25

  34. From his comments on the widow's mites, it appears that Jesus favored progressive taxation. 21:1-3

    Acts

  35. The early Christians were the first communists, living a life that was the exact opposite of George Bush's "ownership society." 2:44-45

  36. Imagine no possessions: The early Christians were communists. (See 5:1-11 for the dark side of Christian communism.) 4:32-35

    Romans

  37. The Religious Right often uses Romans 1:21-25 to condemn environmentalists. 1:21-25

  38. Note to teabaggers: Paul says you should pay your taxes and honor the government. 13:6-7

  39. "For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things."
    John Hagee: Why Christians should support Israel 15:27

    2 Corinthians

  40. "For your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men ... Thanks be to God."
    God loves liberals! 9:13-15

    2 Thessalonians

  41. "If any would not work, neither should he eat."
    Those who will not or cannot work should starve to death.
    Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) quoted this verse to justify his vote against funding for SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps). 3:10

    2 Peter

  42. God knows how to punish those that "despise government." (Watch out Tea Party Republicans!) 2:9-10

    1 John

  43. President Obama quoted this verse at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast to show why Christians (unlike Mitt Romney) should care about the poor. 3:17-18