Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Challenges Religious Right On Specific Bible Passages

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks at the final event for the Road to the Green New Deal Tour at Howard University in Washington, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Source: Huffington Post

BY  Ed Mazza

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is calling on the Christian right to “uphold their principles” on one key issue: interest rates.

The freshman lawmaker and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have introduced a bill to cap loan interest rates at 15%. The measure would cut rates ― often dramatically ― on credit cards, and hit the payday loan industry and other predatory lenders.

On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez challenged the religious right to support the bill, pointing out that usury is “explicitly denounced” in the Bible.

Then, she knocked them for using religion to take rights away from people ― but not when it helps them:

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