Senator Marco Rubio
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo called Marco Rubio 'Bible Boy' during a broadcast.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo made some controversial comments that had the news broadcaster feeling the heat from some Christian critics. 

While on air, Cuomo dubbed Republican Senator Marco Rubio as “Mr. Bible Boy,” accusing Senator Rubio of enabling President Trump’s recent antics. Cuomo lamented to Lemon that “[Rubio’s] got a Bible quote for every moment, he just never speaks truth to power or acts on any of it in the interest of his own state or of this country. They remain, and they all know what they’re doing is bogus.”

That didn’t go down well with many people of faith, who accused Cuomo of unjustly mocking Rubio’s beliefs. Others, however, say if you’re going to talk the talk you should walk the walk. 

Is a politician’s faith fair game for criticism?

Mudslinging Galore

Rubio, for his part, shot back at Cuomo on Twitter.

Rubio, a devout Roman Catholic, tweets a Bible verse nearly every day. In fact, deciding a verse to tweet is part of his morning routine.

“It’s not a very difficult thing to decide every day. It’s based on the daily reading in the Catholic Church, from the mass… For the most part…it’ll give you an Old Testament verse, it’ll give you a Psalm, it’ll give you a New Testament, and then it’ll give you a Gospel. And you can pick from that.”

He says he often tries to tie the verse into what’s happening in politics or the world at the moment. 

On the other side of the political aisle, the recently-elected Senator Raphael Warnock faced a number of attack ads from his Georgia runoff opponent, Senator Kelly Loeffler, using his own preachings as a cudgel against him – often out of context.

And many of Warnock’s political opponents have attacked his pro-choice stance, arguing that you "literally cannot be pro-choice if you are a pastor." Doug Collins, whom Warnock defeated in the primary, stated that “there is no such thing as a pro-choice pastor. What you have is a lie from the bed of Hell.”

In fact, the “Religious Left” often face religious gatekeeping like this. Pete Buttigieg, a devout member of the Episcopal Church, frequently had to deal with criticism that his homosexuality and his faith were mutually exclusive, a position he’s shot back at. Buttigieg has said that his marriage to his husband “moved [him] closer to God.”

An American Tradition

The fact of the matter is, faith-based mudslinging is nothing new in American politics. In fact, it's practically a time honored tradition.

Thomas Jefferson’s political enemies depicted him as a godless man who “writes aghast the truths of God's words; who makes not even a profession of Christianity; who is without Sabbaths; without the sanctuary, and without so much as a decent external respect for the faith and worship of Christians.”

That was all the way back in the election of 1800.

Politics is a dirty game, this much seems clear to all. But is it OK to attack someone’s faith – their sincere religious beliefs – in an attempt to score political points? Should someone’s religion be off-limits, or is everything fair in love, war, and politics?

40 comments

  1. SueW's Avatar SueW

    I don’t believe people’s faith, or lack thereof, is fair game, but I believe their hypocrisy is, which seems to me to be what Chris Cuomo was referring to.

    1. Debra L. Derrick's Avatar Debra L. Derrick

      Amen to this statement. Rubio is a hypocrite.

  1. Larry Mager's Avatar Larry Mager

    First of all, if One doesn't wish to have attacks against their faith, then One shouldn't bring it up in public. That is what Jefferson meant by separation of church and state as well as the U.S. NOT creating the "Church of the United States" as was the case in England. He did NOT intend that Presidents or other members of the government could not have their beliefs, just that the Government should not promote and one religion over another! If You who are 40 + years Young remember, President Jimmy Carter spoke publicly about His beliefs and was mocked by members of both sides of the Congress. Give this some thoughts, brothers and sisters. Cheers,

  1. Minister Mike's Avatar Minister Mike

    I doubt even one in 1 million bible thumpers has any sincere faith. Even fewer politician bible thumpers. It's just a method to get more votes and/or try to control others.

    Not that a politician who really does have a sincere faith shouldn't follow their faith, but preaching from the legislature is not just unconstitutional, it's repugnant. As long as religious zealots preach from a political position, they'd better be ready and able to take the heat for being bible boys and girls.

  1. Paul J. Fumero's Avatar Paul J. Fumero

    Marco Rubio is a Dweeb who was a Mormon and now turned Catholic. If he believed in that Bible and Jesus's teachings of love 1- Love God and 2 Treat others well HE WOULD NOT BE A REPUBLICAN. But then he sold his soul to the cult of Trump for a few coins...

    1. Stanley Alan Marchand's Avatar Stanley Alan Marchand

      Strange it's the Democrats who promote Abortion! is that treating others well, this cult as you call them has fought to keep churches open and has also fought not only for gay and lesbian rights, but also prisoner rights. Democrats have also voted God out of there vernacular ! please spend some time watch all the news get some fact's . " Lack of knowledge produces fear and doubt "

  1. drfayesnyder's Avatar drfayesnyder

    I am so proud to be a minister in the Universal Life Church when I read all your comments. You are refreshing and take our mantle seriously. I agree that the hypocrisy in the name of God makes one a target, when misinformation and piety shield harmful behaviors. Religiosity has made me sick in recent years. Thank you for providing such good company. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  1. Walter Eugene Curtis's Avatar Walter Eugene Curtis

    It's unfortunate, based on observing Rubio's political words and actions, that he seems to be more of a hearer of the word, instead of a doer.

  1. Rev Hannah Grace's Avatar Rev Hannah Grace

    It only makes sense that if you bring something up in public, you are going to be held accountable for what you say, especially if your actions are contrary to your words. Using scripture to make a point only makes your faith a target. Keep your faith private and don't let the right hand know what the left hand is doing. Proclaiming your spirituality to the world only makes you look like an attention seeker. Keep faith out of politics.

  1. William Waugh's Avatar William Waugh

    Clearly, many republicans have forgotten what really makes america great is the-- wait for it---institutional acceptance of the separation of church and state.

    What I remember clearly is the religious nonsense to the effect of , Trump was put in power by god to flesh out the evils of a deep state. There is no freaking deep state. Only the reality of a nation and its history, that these folks neglected to absorb in high school. I think most of them formed thier worldview when they valued thier own ideas forged in the fires of cigarettes in the boys room , way more than their homewok.

    1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

      Um sorry but that is a left wing myth. There IS NO such thing as Separation of church and state and never has been in the Constitution.

      FACT: The US Constitution was ratified (made law of the land) in 1787 FACT: the very first mention of this myth came in a letter from Jefferson to his Danbury Baptist Detractors FACT:Once the Constitution was ratified, it takes a Constitutional Amendment to change or alter it, not a letter 15 years after the ratification FACT: As per article 1 of the Constitution, the ONLY people who have the authority to make a law or give weight of law to anything is the US Congress and their designates (state assemblies, county commissioners, City Councils, Township Trustees) NOBODY ELSE, not even the President by this mythical Executive Order (for which there is no mention of this in Article 2 of the Constitution, Powers of the executive Branch/Presidential Authority) FACT: The Supreme Court CANNOT interpret anything, they are required to go by exactly what is written under Article 3 (powers of the Judiciary). If they can "interpret" anything, then whats stopping the very next court with a different makeup from changing the decision to what they want and thus making it impossible to have any law at all if its being changed every few seconds. FACT: Even Thurgood Marshall stated that they overstepped their authority in this decision and if he could do it over again then they would rule against it as well as Roe V Wade as they cannot and are not authorized to make up "rights" out of thin air. FACT:In fact even if you could get something started, you would have a minimum of 5 years to a maximum of 7 years to get it passed by 38 states or it fails and cant be brought up again. That is the decision by the Supreme Court for the ERA claim and this is why we dont and wont have an ERA Amendment.

      So why do you insist on parroting a lie and a myth?

      1. William Waugh's Avatar William Waugh

        Because, like I said. You dont respect proper law. Nobody goes only to the constitution without consulting the constitutional amendments. #1 establishes ( in legal speak) church and state separation. Your whole blathering comment identifies you as a cherry picker. When people get together and change laws, guess what? --- wait for it----the law is changed.

        1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

          How can you sit there and say that the US Constitution , the same law that EVERY politician and attorney and judge and military and police officer swears to uphold and follow and protect?

          There has been NO amendments that would change anything I have stated, or are you calling the US Library of Congress a liar or the Constitution itself.

          And lets not forget the 10th Amendment clearly states that if the Constitution does not SPECIFICALLY grant a government or government agency or branch an authority, they DO NOT have it and NEVER HAVE had it.

          10th Amendment The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

          Try again, you just got pwned

  1. taycomama's Avatar taycomama

    I wasn't aware that the USA had an elected priesthood.A senator.may make an occasional reference to a deity, and he may derive his moral compass from his religion, but the Verse of the Day is entirely inappropriate. Not all his constituants share his religion. And this is, after all, a constitutionally secular nation.

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    I thought bible pages were only supposed to be used for rolling papers.

    1. Br'er George's Avatar Br'er George

      Only when you have very dog-eared pages, then it's like putting to rest an American Flag the Right Way by Fire!
      With Solemnity and Reverence! Listening to Peter Tosh songs: Creation and I AM, when you inhale!

      Do it THAT way and when you exhale, your Prayers WILL have Turbo Charged Potency and get to GOD Faster!

    2. William Waugh's Avatar William Waugh

      Dang it, Carl!!

  1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

    So now according to the left, tweeting a bible verse from your own account is now somehow wrong because THEY say so? If I were Coumo I would be more worried about keeping my job as when AT&T cuts CNN loose and they get no more money from the piggybank...they are going to have to sink or swim and not one of them knows how to swim

    1. Ren's Avatar Ren

      You're being purposely obtuse. The point that Cuomo made was that Rubio is a hypocrite quoting the Bible while supporting and enabling Trump's lies.

      1. SueW's Avatar SueW

        Exactly.

      2. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

        No I am not, I asked a valid question and the only one that is being obtuse is you, so why dont you answer the question? And you support Coumos lies when his brother is being impeached and wants a bill top put covid people into camps like the nazis did? Are you and Sue freaking serious?

        1. William Waugh's Avatar William Waugh

          There is zero comparison to Jewish camps of Hitlers design with modern field hospitals. Get a grip you troll. Wake up. Yea i said it. Take any random group of people and the really beautiful ones will be of color other than white. As a group, white people ( and I am one) are some of the ugliest people around. Want proof? Check out the white people that will pay (HaHaHa) for a tan.

          1. flugo's Avatar flugo

            'willi': You're overlooking the 'ones of color' who use all sorts of 'whitening' techniques to appear lighter in color..

          2. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

            WRONG again. this is EXACTLY like the Nazi camps and the Japanese camps set up on the western part of the US. Even the SAG of NY has said the same thing and so has the ACLU.

            You really need to engage your brain before engaging your keyboard.

            1. William Waugh's Avatar William Waugh

              Field hospitals are deployed as effective temporary expansion of needed critical services that have been overwhelmed. Mostly by the the incompetence at the top of the current administration. Again, zero comparison. Mmmmmm--- detention center (like down by the border wall) or field hospital, set up to expand medical faculties absolutely needed in this crisis world wide highly lethal pandemic.

              1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

                WRONG yet again. Sweeden didnt shut anything down and they are far shorter on the hospitalizations then we are. So you can continue to try and pass false info like you are doing or accept the truth that the states that are bing over run with the covid are the states that are run by democrat gov's and its THEIR policies that caused this. Why do you think that newsom and coumo and brown and granholm and inslee and mayors like Lightfoot of Chicago are all either under impeachment or have been charged with overstepping their authority, which is something that can remove them from their seats. Did it ever cause you to think that this is why Granholm is in such a rush to get out of Michigan that she is literally begging Biden for a government job so her career wont be over after she is impeached?

                Try your myths again child as even the left leaning ACLU is calling you out for your myth of claiming "camps" for people in NY State is ok if they dont take the virus shot. Anyone stupid enough to try this will get frog marched out of their state capitol offices on national TV

    2. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Maybe they'll walk on water. I've heard that it only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain.

      1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

        I'd LOVE to see the people whining and crying about this do the walking on water. They would sink so fast that they would look like an after image.

  1. Br'er George's Avatar Br'er George

    Gotta actually stick with Rubio here. Cuomo is a Catholic too and he knows the daily verses if he reads the missal like he's supposed to like Rubio.
    Rubio ain't just freestyling so if he shares the daily reading he's in the good. Shame on Chris.

    1. Ren's Avatar Ren

      Cuomo's point was that Rubio may be quoting Bible verses, but that just makes him a hypocrite with his support and enabling Trump's lies.

      1. SueW's Avatar SueW

        It’s absolutely the hypocrisy.

      2. Br'er George's Avatar Br'er George

        No doubt about that Ren/Sue.

        Pretty much hypocrisy there I think also. I think there are Bible verses that kinda frown on that sort of thing. Dude is probably gonna need to pay close attention the day that comes up in the missal I reckon.

  1. James E. Shelters's Avatar James E. Shelters

    All I got to say is cuomo is a moron....To him, bible, God and all normal people are peasants. He had totally destroyed New York State.

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    I wonder if Cuomo, Rubio, and Biden will be going to mass together, when in Washington. Then they can ask the priest how to interpret the readings, and gospel. Too many people interpret that bible to suit their fancies. When in Rome do as the Romans. It's not all about Vini Vidi Vici.

  1. Thom's Avatar Thom

    The Bible is a book of teachings to help guide us, as humans, in a moral and ethical life. I was brought up Catholic and had the verse of the day read to us at school. My male parent was a devout Catholic and even became a priest after my mother died. The catholic church was more important than his family to be honest. But, as one who does not believe the magic shows told in the Bible, I do believe we have a right to hear about how doing something can benefit us or someone else we may come into contact with in our daily lives.

    CNN - Clinton/Communist News Network has no right to criticize anyone either public or private figures for their beliefs. Remember, we have freedom of religion and we should not question what they do but, CNN believes they can.

    This is why I don't watch CNN/Fox/MSNBC or any of the major MSM news stations. They tell us what to think instead of giving us the who, what, why, where and when of the story.

    1. Ilmenheru Terikson's Avatar Ilmenheru Terikson

      the fact you say something like clinton communist news and then expect to be believed when you say you think for yourself is the height of ignorant irony, thank you for the reminder of why you are not even worthy of being treated as a human, I know pond scum with more humanity and reason than you.

  1. Mark Hannon's Avatar Mark Hannon

    Senator Rubio is absolute proof that there is no need to actually attend a church service, participate in a Bible study or pray. If you are Catholic or liturgical Protestant you only need to look up the order of service for the day. You don't even need to understand why the verse is used. Most people don't even read the verses before or after the required verse so they don't know the context of its use. I used "Songs and Seasons" to make up weekly bulletins at a Lutheran church and was always disappointed when the minister practically never referenced them in their sermon.

  1. Jeff McClain's Avatar Jeff McClain

    God gave us all a Tongue, Ears, Eyes and a Brain, some of us use our brains and some of us only use our tongue, ears and eyes! The Devil like's it when we only use the first 3.

    1. Ilmenheru Terikson's Avatar Ilmenheru Terikson

      That the fact you come to a secular based ministry website then speak in an insular manner about your god shows why no one should listen to you. You really need to learn how to engage in faith based discussions without bringing up your specific faith and idea of a deity as if they are to be treated as universal truth.

  1. Thom's Avatar Thom

    Well, thank you for the compliment. Pond scum in itself is an extremely simple yet complex organism which is able to breakdown a large variety of crap so it may be turned into something useful. I will take your as comment as something from your heart and soul as being from a person who has only hate and disgust in their heart. As for me, I break down the crap and bring out the truth.

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