One thing we’ll never understand is when evangelical Christians oppose something like the Affordable Care Act. “Obamacare” as it’s known to many once fully implemented will make health care available to tens of millions of people who were uninsured before. Considering that the very person upon whom their religion is built was known for healing the sick and feeding the hungry, you’d think that by default most people who call themselves Christian would be all for social programs that help heal the sick and feed the hungry. That’s not true in the Pat Robertson/Ralph Reed Religious Right era though, and Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt is glaring proof of that.
The conservative clergyman appeared on “The Ed Show” this week and was met with a one-two punch from the show’s host and venerable political commentator, humorist and author John Fugelsang. First Schultz asked the chaplain point-blank, “The Christian faith is very clear: feed the poor, and heal the sick. Is it really Christ-like to take healthcare away from Americans that should have healthcare that could save their lives?” When Klingenschmitt spun the old canard from last year’s election about Obamacare stealing money from Medicare, Fugelsang unloaded an insightful counter to the chaplain’s talking points, and it was quite the sight to behold.
“You know Jesus never asked a leper for copay. And in Matthew 10:7-8 commands his followers to heal the sick.”
Watch the full clip below for the rest of Fugelsang’s verbal hay-maker.