March 24, 2006
Senator Hillary Clinton took another step toward a presidential run this week when she joined those who do not want our immigration laws enforced and threatened to block legislation that would further criminalize illegal aliens and those who hire them.
Clinton said a house bill that would tighten restrictions on illegals is “mean-spirited” and flies in the face of Republicans’ stated support for faith and values: “it is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the scriptures, because this bill would literally criminalize the good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself.”
There is much to be said about Clinton’s theological understanding. First, there is no record in scripture that the man the good Samaritan helped was breaking the laws of Israel. Jesus was clear about obeying civil law. He submitted to an illegal and outrageous trial and the authority of the roman government which ordered his crucifixion.
Hillary Clinton is not alone in using religious language and imagery to gain votes. Some Republicans do it, too. But when politicians do it, they should be held accountable for misusing and abusing God’s name.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.