The DNC is hosting its summer meetings in San Francisco this weekend. One of the speakers was Reverend William Barber, who claimed that both the Bible and the Constitution support socialism.
DNC Speaker Rev. William Barber: Socialism Endorsed By Constitution, Biblepic.twitter.com/jPA08RC87Z
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“If someone calls it socialism, then we must compel them to acknowledge that the Bible must then promote socialism, because Jesus offered free health care to everyone, and he never charged a leper a co-pay.”
Reverend Barber got a standing ovation for that statement, including from DNC Chair Tom Perez.
However, that’s a hot take that misses the point by miles: Jesus VOLUNTEERED to heal the sick. Socialism has to do with the government forcing the redistribution of money and services. Jesus was acting as an individual, and had nothing to do with government.
In fact, last I checked, the government of the time wasn’t Jesus’s biggest fan. They actually killed him for his actions.
The internet, including Rep. Dan Crenshaw, was quick to school the reverend:
It’s very simple: charity ≠ socialism. What about that is so hard to understand?