WATCH: AOC Says She’s Tired of People “Weaponizing” Faith to “Justify Bigotry”

During a House Oversight Committee hearing, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) argued she’s tired of communities of faith “weaponizing” their religion to “justify bigotry.”


It’s very difficult to sit here and listen to arguments in the long history of this country of using Scripture and weaponizing and abusing Scripture to justify bigotry

White supremacists have done it. Those who justified slavery did it. Those who fought against integration did it, and we’re seeing it today.

My faith commands me to treat Mr. Minton as holy because he is sacred, because his life is sacred.

There is nothing holy about rejecting medical care of people, no matter who they are, on the grounds of what their identity is. There is nothing holy about turning someone away from a hospital. There is nothing holy about rejecting a child from a family. There is nothing holy about writing discrimination into the law.

And I am tired of communities of being of faith being weaponized and being mischaracterized because the only time religious freedom is invoked is in the name of bigotry and discrimination.


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