Why is it that the politicians who claim to be most religious often know the fewest details about their own faith?
Yesterday, on CNN, Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz told Chris Cuomo that the deleted FBI text messages — which conservatives are treating as some massive conspiracy theory even though that’s pure bullshit — were the “biggest coincidence since the Immaculate Conception.”
What the hell was he talking about? In the Bible, there’s nothing “coincidental” about Mary being deemed free of original sin because she gave birth to Jesus.
Cuomo didn’t understand either, so he pressed Gaetz on that… and Gaetz, who clearly had no clue what he was talking about, kept digging his own grave by insisting, wrongly, that the Immaculate Conception was a reference to the birth of Jesus.
CUOMO: What do you mean by the Immaculate Conception?
GAETZ: Look, I was making a point that this is an absurd coincidence.
CUOMO: By what? What do you think happened with the Immaculate Conception?
GAETZ: The Immaculate Conception. It’s obviously a religious doctrine. It deals with the Christian faith.
CUOMO: I know! But I’m saying, like, where is the analogy? That’s what I don’t understand. What do you think happened with the Immaculate Conception?
GAETZ: Look, did you really bring me on to discuss my religious views? Chris, I mean, I’m a Christian. I believe that the Immaculate Conception was how Jesus was born.
CUOMO: … The Immaculate Conception is not how Jesus was born.
GAETZ: It was the conception. That’s the nature of the Immaculate…
CUOMO: No it wasn’t. It was Mary’s conception. It was the mother’s conception without original sin. It was not the conception of Jesus. Facts matter, Congressman. If you’re going to make an analogy, at least know what you’re talking about…
What a perfect encapsulation of the entire Republican Party: A bunch of people who speak with confidence and authority about subjects they really know nothing about. Including religion.
The truth is whatever they claim it is, not what it actually is.
Not that it matters in this case. Even if Gaetz was referring to the birth of Christ, the analogy still wouldn’t have made any sense since Christians don’t believe Jesus’ birth was coincidental.
You would think the Party of White Republican Jesus would know some basic facts about their religion. Good thing “fake news” CNN was there to correct them on their own supposed beliefs.
I doubt this will hurt Gaetz’s standing among white evangelicals, though. They’ll just give him a mulligan.
(via The Hill. Thanks to Brian for the link)