Texas Republican Uses The Bible To Justify Cuts To SNAP Benefits, The Unemployed “Shall Not Eat”

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The Republicans love the Bible—or at least, some of it. One verse they particularly love is 2nd Thessalonians 3:10, which says:

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

They use this verse to justify calling unemployed Americans freeloaders who are abusing the system because they don’t want to get a job. It’s the same verse that Republican Rep. Jodey Arrington used as a reason to stop people from getting food stamps (SNAP).

During a House hearing on nutrition, Arrington stressed “God’s demands” and how lawmakers should forgo compassion to do so:

“He says even when we were with you, we give you this rule, ‘If a man will not work he shall not eat.’ And he goes on to say ‘We heard that some of you are idle.’ I think that every American, Republican or Democrat wants to help the needy among us. And I think it’s a reasonable expectation that we have work requirements. I think that gives more credibility, frankly, to SNAP.”

According to a USA Today report, unemployed adults only receive between $1.40 to $1.90 per meal, and they make up a very small percentage of SNAP users.

Most unemployed SNAP recipients cant work. If Arrington and the Republicans get their way, many Americans will go hungry. How Christian of them.

Democratic Representative Jim McGovern pleaded with the Republicans, saying “Please do not do anything that will make hunger worse.” Maybe some will listen.

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