Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who has often invoked religion and God in public statements for school prayer and against gay rights, attacked President Barack Obama for quoting scripture to make the case for a fairer tax policy (video below).
Speaking to a group of conservative politicians, who often invoke God, at the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Obama quoted the bible to push for fairer taxes for Americans.
Obama said: “For me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that for unto whom much is given, much shall be required."
Only a few hours later, Sen. Hatch went on the attack: “Just this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, the president took what has always been a non-partisan opportunity for national unity and used to promote his political agenda."
“He suggested to the attendees that Jesus would have supported his latest tax-the-rich schemes. With due respect to the president, he ought to stick to public policy. I think most Americans would agree that the Gospels are concerned with weightier matters than effective tax rates.”
“Someone needs to remind the president that there was only one person who walked on water, and he did not occupy the Oval Office.”
However, Obama never compared himself to Jesus Christ in his statement. Sen. Hatch failed to mention that the bible commands people to help the poor over 200 times.