As Twitchy reported back in May, people were finding it “unsettling” that Sen. Marco Rubio had tweeted a couple of Bible verses — “either he was hacked or he’s totally lost it,” opined the Washington Post’s conservative blogger, Jennifer Rubin.
We hadn’t thought much of it since, until we saw Franklin Graham pop up on Twitter today to offer his opinion that there’s really nothing better to tweet.
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) July 11, 2017
Sen. Rubio’s tweeting of Bible verses apparently didn’t resonate with us like it did with Joel S. Baden, who published a piece in Politico Magazine entitled, “Marco Rubio Is Tweeting the Most Republican Part of the Bible.” No wonder Graham had no problem with Rubio’s tweets; he was tweeting from the GOP-approved parts.
Wow Politico, I had no idea that the Bible had Democratic and republican passages. Goes to show, the more you know, huh??
— Pete (@usafss74) July 9, 2017
Sad to see the author of this piece claims to be a professor of the Hebrew Bible.
Cavalier, out of context, verse applications are pitiful.
— Ken Parsons (@mr_e_guy) July 9, 2017
Baden is doing exactly what he suggests Rubio does: appropriating verses to fit his own ideological persuasion.
— Patricia Coble (@patriciac614) July 9, 2017
I don't know if this is an insult to the Bible (guilt by association) or praise for the GOP for being aligned with biblical wisdom.
— Joe Carter (@joecarter) July 9, 2017
Now there is a republican part of the bible? You ppl seriously need to get a grip.
— Its a dogs life ?? (@seniordogzrule) July 10, 2017
Wait, there's a Republican part of the Bible? What's the most Whig part? Is there a Green Party part? In suspense!
— Gail Finke (@gailfinke) July 10, 2017
hmm Jesus said: Who among you are Republicans? Who among you are Democrats? Don't recall that in the bible at all.
— Kermanetherunner (@KermaneB) July 10, 2017
Baden notes in his piece that Proverbs appears to be a particularly Republican book:
Proverbs is notable in that is presents a fairly consistent view of the world: The righteous are rewarded, and the wicked are punished. In the understanding of Proverbs, everyone gets what is coming to them; behavior is directly linked to reward or punishment. This worldview has social consequences: Those who succeed in life must be more righteous than those who struggle.
Nailed it. It’s just like all those think-pieces explaining how what President Trump refers to as “Western values” are, in reality, the polar opposite of Western values.
Proverbs was written about 3000 years ago. The GOP was formed in 1854. There is no "Republican" part of the Bible.
— David Jones (@iPopEditor) July 9, 2017
How is the Bible split along party lines?
Asking for a friend…
— Jody Sneed (@jodysneed) July 10, 2017
— (((L.N. Smithee))) (@LNSmithee) July 9, 2017
Seriously "the republican part of the Bible" give me a break
— Tom Saunders (@TomSebago) July 9, 2017
There is no Democrat or Republican part of the Bible. It stands alone
— Dwan R. Borens (@DBorens) July 9, 2017
If you're saying that Proverbs, the book that gives practical wisdom for living life, is "Republican" I fail to see how that's a bad thing.
— Mason James Depew (@MasonDepew) July 9, 2017
How about this for long, empty articles: in the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
— John Benzing (@JohnBenzing1) July 9, 2017
— Bill Dozier (@vfn) July 10, 2017
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FFS! It’s no big deal that Marco Rubio is tweeting Bible verses. Seek help, people! https://t.co/iblTH76aVY
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 16, 2017