For someone who regularly posts random bible verses on Twitter in a bizarre and hypocritical form of virtue signaling, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) seems fairly disconnected from the actual tenets of the Christianity he espouses publicly to burnish his evangelical bona fides.
The man who ranted on about the supposed attacks on Catholicism when Amy Coney Barrett’s ties to an extremist charismatic religious cult were being assailed during her confirmation hearings is now attacking the faith of another man who wishes to join him in the Senate, Georgia Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock.
This morning, Rubio tweeted an excerpt of a speech that Warnock, the senior pastor of Atlanta’s renowned Ebenezer Baptist Church, gave that emphasized a fairly central assertion in the dogma of most Christian faiths: that the primacy of God’s law outweighs the man-made demands of secular society.
Not shocked #Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock said “You cannot serve God and the military” at the same time. These & even crazier things is what the radicals who control the Democratic party’s activist & small dollar donor base believepic.twitter.com/bQyBuKLwjb
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 18, 2020
Rubio twisted the meaning of Warnock’s message in a transparent attempt to sway voters in the January senatorial runoff election in Georgia that will decide how the balance of power in the U.S. Senate plays out.
It is an interestingly hypocritical interpretation of Warnock’s words, particularly from someone who regularly makes his piety public in his selective Bible-quoting tweets and who posted this tweet decrying the critique of politicians who display their dedication to their faith.
Today the assault may be on Catholicism.
But tomorrow, no religion will be safe from the same attacks
And then the message will be clear,if you want to serve in public office,especially on the highest court in the land,only those willing to hide or deny their faith need apply. pic.twitter.com/zj4a9mmMCq
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 26, 2020
Unsurprisingly, Senator Rubio’s readers on social media were quick to notify him of the depths of his slimy, self-serving hypocrisy.
The military is not and should not be put on the same religious pedastal as God. That's Rev. Warnock's point.
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) November 18, 2020
Marco conveniently forgot this verse:
Matthew 6:24. "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.”
— Carpe Diem (@__CarpeDiem__3) November 18, 2020
— Aaron Krohn (@KrohnNotes) November 18, 2020
Someone should tell @marcorubio that you cant serve either if you die from a pre existing condition not covered by a healthcare plan.
— Raul Jenkins (@MrRaulJenkins) November 18, 2020
The verse here Matthew 6:24, is only 11 verses away from the Lord’s Prayer (6:9-13).
I don’t see how one can be at all familiar with the Bible and not recognize this verse. (Warnock even says “mammon” later to make it clear.)
— Greg Gentry (@greggentry1) November 18, 2020
Hey I just googled it and it appears to be from Matthew 6: 24. If you want to attack the Reverend on his policy views, fine, but this is a low blow.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) November 18, 2020
TFW your daily tweets are from your "Scripture of the Day" calendar
— Ben. No More, No Less. (@BJS_quire) November 18, 2020
Marco Rubio, who quotes Bible verses on Twitter all the time, is now criticizing Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock for quoting the Bible. That’s particularly rich, considering Warnock is an actual Reverend.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) November 18, 2020
When you use faith as a political tool, it causes one to question the sincerity of your beliefs. You follow a president who holds up bibles in front of churches but doesn’t attend them. Now you are using the words of a minister as another political prop to be exploited?
— Ron F. (@RonGOPVet4Biden) November 18, 2020
Senator Rubio knows that the audience that his tweet is aimed at likely won’t care about the inherent intellectual dishonesty of his critique of a Black pastor running as a Democratic candidate for the Senate.
Those who are outraged by such underhanded and insincere political tactics can best send Senator Rubio a message by doing everything that they can to help Reverend Warnock and the other Georgia senatorial candidate Jon Ossoff win their runoff elections in January, either by voting, if you live in Georgia, or by volunteering for and/or contributing to their campaigns if you are an out of state resident.
There is no better cure for hypocrisy than demonstrating that it will have a negative effect on the electoral prospects of those who employ it and the candidates that they support.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.