- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, appearing on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” on Monday night, suggested that Republicans who oppose federal welfare may face eternal damnation.

Host Ed Schultz said that according to his faith leader, there is no biblical scripture that backs up Republican votes against Social Security and food stamps.

“Anyone that’s familiar with the Bible, anything like that, Jesus said that you’re going straight to hell if you don’t treat the lesser of his brothers and sisters,” Mr. Rangel, New York Democrat, said.

Speaking of the downtrodden, Mr. Rangel continued: “He said he was hungry, you didn’t give him food stamps. He was thirsty, you didn’t purify the water. He was naked, you didn’t give him Social Security. And God knows he was sick and you gave him no comfort. Can you imagine if 60 million Catholics became missionaries just for the poor, the sick and the uninsured?”

He also argued that people of all religious backgrounds, namely Jews and Protestants, do not support welfare cuts.

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