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READ: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tweets: ‘Usury – AKA High Interest – Happens to be Explicitly Denounced in the Bible’

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.”

And again in Leviticus—a book also containing a famous verse used by the religious right to demonize queer people:

“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.

Ocasio-Cortez’s fight is generating lots of interest—hopefully credit card companies won’t be permitted to do the same.

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Evan Brechtel

Evan is a writer and editor based in New York. In addition to his work with Second Nexus, he freelances for a variety of sites addressing topics of queer culture and history. You can find his other work at www.evanbrechtel.net. Twitter: @EvanBrechtel