During a candidates forum in early April, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor suggested poverty is result of the lack of a relationship poor people have with their creator (video below).
Taylor made her statement after a representative from the San Antonio Christian Resource Center asked her what the cause of systemic poverty in San Antonio was, The Huffington Post noted on April 24.
"...Since you’re with the Christian Coalition, I’ll go ahead and put it out there, that to me, it’s broken people," Taylor responded. "People not being in relationship with their creator, and therefore not being in a good relationship with their families and their communities, and not being productive members of society."
"I think that's the ultimate answer," the mayor added. "That’s not something that I work on from my position as mayor of the community, though I try to be an example."
Taylor also mentioned a lack of equal opportunity in high quality education and teen pregnancy, which limits young people's education opportunities.
Later during the forum, Taylor said: "I am a born again Christian, a believer in Jesus Christ. I draw very heavily on that as far as the strength to do this job."
In the Bible, Jesus spoke out repeatedly for the poor, and against the rich, as in Luke 6:20-26, according to Open Bible:
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh."
"Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation..."
In Matthew 5:3, Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
In Mark 10:25, Jesus stated, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God."
Taylor was booed in June 2016 during a prayer for the victims of the massacre at the LGBT-friendly Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, notes KENS.
One heckler shouted: "You're part of the hurt! Shame on you!"
Taylor opposed a city ordinance that offered legal protections to the LGBT community in 2013, and has expressed views that do not support LGBT people.
"Just because I may not agree on whatever, that doesn't mean that I don't believe that what happened wasn't absolutely horrific, terrible, wrong," Taylor said after being booed. "I came here to pray, not to talk politics."