Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) recently rolled out a plan with 2020 presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) to cap credit card interest rates at 15% and put an end to federal predatory payday lending practices.
Despite the bill having large Republican support, it’s unlikely that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will allow the bill to proceed to the floor.
Now, Ocasio-Cortez is calling out the hypocrisy of religious right-wingers like McConnell by citing the bible.
Ocasio-Cortez is right. Interest is mentioned in Exodus 22:25:
“If thou lend money to any of My people, even to the poor with thee, thou shalt not be to him as a creditor; neither shall ye lay upon him interest.”
“Take thou no interest of him or increase; but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.”
With that, Ocasio-Cortez called on McConnell to “use his religious principles for good.”
People cheered the Congresswoman’s approach.
High time we started calling out the religious hypocrites. Religion has been used to advance supremacist goals in this country for far, far too long. https://t.co/HaYUKgJmRT
— Reader Adrift (@ReaderAdrift) May 17, 2019
Yes usury!! But wait til the religious zealots see this. It ain’t bad if it benefits them.
— KEE (@keveringham69) May 17, 2019
Internet search on "bible verses usury" yielded "100 verses." No, the bible does not like interest, or abusive rich people for that matter.https://t.co/Ofv2Lcna1w
— Steve Groven (@MrSteveGroven) May 17, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez’s fight is generating lots of interest—hopefully credit card companies won’t be permitted to do the same.