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    Yale Divinity professor attacks Marco Rubio for tweeting Bible verses from Proverbs

    Once again democrats show their hate for Christians. The ignorance this man spews is amazing. I guess he thinks Christians have no rights and free speech only applies to democrats

    False prophets and fake news: Yale Divinity professor attacks Marco Rubio for tweeting Bible verses from Proverbs

    God-breathed scripture is useful for everything from teaching the young and training the righteous to reproaching false prophets and rebuking fake news.

    Yale Divinity School Professor Joel Baden made a fool of himself Sunday morning in Politico when he complained about Sen. Marco Rubio's habit of tweeting verses from Proverbs. The Florida Republican, Baden complains, was quoting "the most Republican parts of the Bible

    One doesn't need an advanced divinity degree, though, to realize that this is of course preposterous. For an ivy-league professor, Baden demonstrates surprising ignorance.

    Because GOP presidents as far back as Gerald Ford have pilfered its passages for speech content, he asserts that "Proverbs is probably the most Republican book of the entire Bible." And conflating the political with the theological, Baden insists that verses in Proverbs look "strikingly similar" to conservative policy.

    Even the most ADHD Vacation Bible School student knows that any likeness is wholly coincidental though. Proverbs doesn't give prophecy, promises, or government policy prescriptions. Instead, the text teaches parables on how to live an honorable and good life. It's an apolitical text written during the 10th century B.C., back when Israel was a pre-partisan theocracy.

    Obviously politicians borrow Biblical language for their own ends. Since our country's founding, Moses and Jesus have been turned into ventriloquist dummies during elections. But that's not at all what Rubio was doing, and that's exactly why Baden's criticism seems so desperate.

    Rubio wasn't weaponizing scripture for Republican ends and he was right when he quipped that "Solomon hadn't yet joined the GOP when he wrote the first 29 chapters of Proverbs."

    Politically duplicitous and theologically sloppy, the Politico piece should be dismissed outright. Baden, for instance, didn't mention how former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton used scripture. He preached instead that Rubio should "read and tweet more widely." With passive aggressive eisegesis, Baden twists scripture to do exactly what he condemned Rubio for a bit earlier. He politicizes it and he's not even consistent. For instance, Baden tells Rubio to read from Amos 5:11: "Because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of stone—but you will not live in them."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    Once again democrats show their hate for Christians. The ignorance this man spews is amazing. I guess he thinks Christians have no rights and free speech only applies to democrats

    False prophets and fake news: Yale Divinity professor attacks Marco Rubio for tweeting Bible verses from Proverbs
    The Examiner certainly is 'fake' news. Though I have heard they are trying to play it more straight. I'm not convinced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    Once again democrats show their hate for Christians. The ignorance this man spews is amazing. I guess he thinks Christians have no rights and free speech only applies to democrats

    False prophets and fake news: Yale Divinity professor attacks Marco Rubio for tweeting Bible verses from Proverbs
    Just like a republican to be quoting fairy tales.
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    The "attack" is rather articulate, and worth a read.

    Marco Rubio Is Tweeting the Most Republican Part of the Bible - POLITICO Magazine

    Hey @ptif219 ... Are telling us that this Yale Professor is "showing his ignorance"? You've been rather enamored of that phrase lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpicturetaker12 View Post
    The Examiner certainly is 'fake' news. Though I have heard they are trying to play it more straight. I'm not convinced.
    If you read the OP the Yale Professor article appeared in the Politico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    The "attack" is rather articulate, and worth a read.

    Marco Rubio Is Tweeting the Most Republican Part of the Bible - POLITICO Magazine

    Hey @ptif219 ... Are telling us that this Yale Professor is "showing his ignorance"? You've been rather enamored of that phrase lately.
    It show ignorance. I have never heard anyone claim there is a republican part of the Bible. I wonder what he considers the democrat part of the Bible.

    What he really shows is his hate for Christians and the Bible and Republicans

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    It show ignorance. I have never heard anyone claim there is a republican part of the Bible. I wonder what he considers the democrat part of the Bible.

    What he really shows is his hate for Christians and the Bible and Republicans
    Everyone knows Jesus was a Liberal...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    It show ignorance. I have never heard anyone claim there is a republican part of the Bible. I wonder what he considers the democrat part of the Bible.

    What he really shows is his hate for Christians and the Bible and Republicans
    What does this story have to do with Christians? Rubio was quoting Proverbs; from the Old Testament - which is precisely his field of study.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Everyone knows Jesus was a Liberal...
    In your dreams. Jesus is against abortion and gay rights and gay marriage

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