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?

165 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. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher

        NO RUBIO is A TRAITOR LIKE the G O Pigs, ALL !

    2. George Thomas Duvall Burroughs's Avatar George Thomas Duvall Burroughs

      Quoting the the bible to substantiate the wisdom of ur opinion is comparable to identifying your superior righteousness by the vehicle u drive, the sport team u support or the political affiliation u claim . Truth comes from faith in the logical scientific evalution of facts .

      1. Possibly Right Rev Joe's Avatar Possibly Right Rev Joe

        Truly a magnificently put thought. A Political Science major, I was put through rigorous study of leaders, starting with Moses and Aaron, as seen through the eyes of Machiavelli. Was Moses a Prince? Were the brothers (through burnt offerings and anointments) leading their followers in accordance with God’s wishes? Or were they like today’s “prosperity preachers”, taking the best cuts of meats (lest you be confused about what burnt offerings really were), and having their feet washed with precious water in the desert, better used for other purposes, in order to retain control of their followers by appearing to the unwashed as superior somehow? True Leaders should lead by example, not through Perceived Superiority in dress and action that their followers cannot ever hope to achieve. Prosperity indeed.
        The 10 Commandments are a work of wonder, yet their simplicity should be enough. Do unto others... be a good person, attempt to rise above. When leaders use the Bible like a cudgel, it is ultimately borne out to be a cover... a shield. I don’t profess to know. I just know that a genuine leader doesn’t use the Bible as a weapon, nor be so unfamiliar with it, that photo opportunities find the Bible upside down. For all of Marco’s professed biblical allegories for today’s woes, he is so outshone by the simplicity of the new President (another devout Catholic), that he should be listening to the deafening silence, reverence and grace by which religion and politics CAN coexist. Then again, who am I to question? In today’s parlance, “good luck with that, Marco.

    3. CTF's Avatar CTF

      I would also like to state a great quote I heard long ago...

      Standing in a church, or spouting bible verse doesn’t make you a Christian, any more than standing in your garage and making motor noises makes you a car....

    4. Beth Helene Hurewitz's Avatar Beth Helene Hurewitz

      Bringing religion or ones personal choices regards abortion into politics is just wrong. Rubio is a panderer and he got called on his BS. Kudos to Cuomo.

    5. Melissa Truman's Avatar Melissa Truman

      I have to agree with your statement , thank you

    6. CTF's Avatar CTF

      I would also like to state a great quote I heard long ago...

      Standing in a church, or spouting bible verse doesn’t make you a Christian, any more than standing in your garage and making motor noises makes you a car....

    7. Pamela Sue Andrews's Avatar Pamela Sue Andrews

      Totally agree. If he's going to preach in the am, then follow through with your faith during the day. Cuomo didn't bring the bible into it, Rubio did.

  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. Amber Fry's Avatar Amber Fry

        I'd also remind you news isn't for learning, its for reporting events. Sometimes those events are mistakenly reported and need a lot of updating and correcting when something is reported out of step. If you really want to learn go to a class, pick up some actual books with actual research in them. Those go a lot farther with details and facts than news broadcasts.

      2. Cynthia Goforth-Teixeira's Avatar Cynthia Goforth-Teixeira

        Democrats do not "promote abortion." They believe in autonomy and the rights of women to make their own health care choices. I find it irritating that the most vocal about abortion are the ones who would deny access to reliable, affordable health care and birth control. Mostly men and always fundamentalist in their religious beliefs. Abortion is the subject/ dog whistle used to keep evangelicals in line with inhumane policies of the right. If they were so concerned about a bunch of cells, they should be equally concerned about what happens to those cells grown into a human post womb. If you don't like abortions, prevent pregnancy. Simple.

        1. Pamela Sue Andrews's Avatar Pamela Sue Andrews

          So well said. How many men are willing to have a vasectomy etc. How many men are raped? How many can't afford low cost birth control or a mammogram? I worked in the court system. Father impregnated 5 of his YOUNG daughters. I'll spare you the details. I'll leave it there but that hit my big red button!

      3. Amber Fry's Avatar Amber Fry

        Jesus also taught people not to be judging others for their needs or choices as those would be between the person and their god, nobody else.

        1. John Norris Campbell's Avatar John Norris Campbell

          Jesus said not to judge others outside the faith because they stand condemmed already as well as not to judge others within the faith with hypocrsy..."needs and choices" do not enter into it...If one "needs" to rape a child and then chooses to rob a bank, would you still stand by that "moral code"?

      4. Ilmenheru Terikson's Avatar Ilmenheru Terikson

        Uhm yeah no sorry, your BS isnt going to fly, the right under Drumpf has been especially bold in their persecution of the LGTBQ community or did you forget when drumpf attack trans people in the military openly? And ofcourse we who believe in the autonomy of a woman's body to be entirely her own domain support the right to abort unwanted parasitic masses of tissue that will drain their body and hinder their life for many years to come in one way or another.

        We have way too many humans on this tiny world as it is. Anyone who supports large families and needless childbirth is a bane to all that share this world.

        As for prisoners, I dont think I even need to bother. this very sites articles are thick with accounts of especially abusive treatment of prisoners of non christian faith, violating their dietary and prayer customs wantonly.

        It is just insane when anyone tries to spew the BS you do. Its like you genuinely cant grasp we know how to access the actual news and not far right propaganda.

        1. Stanley Alan Marchand's Avatar Stanley Alan Marchand

          What would be the latest date of ejection of the parasitic masses of tissue if at all I would love to learn

      5. Chaplain Shawn's Avatar Chaplain Shawn

        Greetings Stanley, Well said and Amber well said. The US has always been a two party system. I am for democracy, and democracy is about choice. Canada, our neighbor to the North, has a five party system. Now that, sounds democratic to me. Additionally, check out Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. You can see on that index where the US stands with the world. The result shows there is plenty of room for improvement. There are some that blasts the GOP, and some blast dems. Both parties are to blame, but the issues cut deeper than Congress or the President. The index perceives the US as being more corrupt than Denmark, New Zealand, and Finland. The focus should be what are these countries doing right or doing what the US is not doing. Who knows, maybe the US Dept. of Defense wants this to be our reality as part of their deception campaign.

        Cheers

  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. Tom's Avatar Tom

            The first amendment reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

            "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;..." outlines the separation of Church and State. The State (USA) cannot establish a national religion under this amendment nor can they make laws preventing citizens from exercising their religious beliefs or laws that would promote religiosity.

            https://constitution.congress.gov/browse/essay/amdt1_1_1/

            1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

              All this means is that the Government CANNOT make a law that is in violation of a persons freedom of religion. This was already stated in the Little Sisters of the Poor decision as well as the Cake bakers decision and the slap upside the head the SCOTUS gave to Gov Coumo when he tried to ban religious services, and was done by no less then the US Supreme Court.

              Again the very FIRST mention of this myth was in 1802, a full FIFTEEN YEARS AFTER the ratification of the Constitution so the ONLY way for this to be fact is IF there was a constitutional amendment to change it or to include what you are claiming. There has never been one.

              And no sorry again but nowhere in Article 3 (powers of the Judiciary) does it give them any authority to "interpret" anything as if that was the case then each new makeup of the court could either overturn or change the decision to suit them. The SCOTUS can only go by what is written, nothing more.

              1. Shawn Conan Scott's Avatar Shawn Conan Scott

                It also means that religion is separate from governmental influence, as there is no official - IE government-supported - religion.

                Still with the anger. Decaf. Chamomile tea.

              2. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

                No sorry it does not. It means exactly what it says and nothing more. If we were to go by your error filled interpretation then ANYONE who has anything to do with religion has to be removed from Congress. That would mean that all of the members who are decons or pastors or church laymen would have to go. And you do know that would also mean the new Senator from georgia who is a pastor thus giving back the Senate to the GOP. Are you now seeing how wrong you are or are you still going to try an argue a failing and false claim?

  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. 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. John Norris Campbell's Avatar John Norris Campbell

      Ask yourself exactly WHY most of our supposed "leaders" have a Jesuit/catholic education...Both Bushes, Clinton, Obama, Trump...Their all part of the "beast system" ruling this world...and btw...Putin, and other world leaders have also been through some kind of Jesuit indoctrination

      1. Shawn Conan Scott's Avatar Shawn Conan Scott

        Perhaps many presidents are Christian. But that office is the leader of one branch of government. Many on Congress are Jewish. There are even a couple of Moslems. As well as an atheist or two. Which is irrelevent, in the end. For the times, they are a-changin'. Slowly, admittedly, but then, you can't turn a battleship on a dime.

  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. 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. 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. James Bullard's Avatar James Bullard

    Religion is a personal thing, a guide to one's person behavior. Politics is intrapersonal. If one brings religion into politics then it is 'fair game' because they are pushing it on others.

  1. Daniel William Fenning's Avatar Daniel William Fenning

    A Person's beliefs, like their Sexuality or Colour of Skin, are Human Rights issues and should be OFF-LIMITS unless they defy known facts/Science

    Example being: Your Faith may be strong, but Scientific facts are just that, facts

    1. John Norris Campbell's Avatar John Norris Campbell

      Scientific facts? Like there are only two biological genders?.Or the fact that Darwin's theory...by his OWN admission would be completly groundless if fossil remains did not and could not support his theory?...btw...a person's "belief" system is completly irrevelant...there is TRUTH and there is self deception..aka mental illness. There are ppl and groups that "self Identify" as cats, trees...you name it and there are ppl that think they are it...Case in point: I told the manager at Target that I self identify as a large black Puma and that I needed him to provide a litter box in the transgender bathroom to accommodate me...When he refused I declared him to have "Felinophobia"...the fear of cats..as well as being rascist because, after all, Im a Big Black Cat and he was denying me accomaditions

  1. Martin L Stigleman's Avatar Martin L Stigleman

    Wow! I see a lot of really ridiculous arguing and name calling here, and not a single person is even actually LOOKING at the facts. Cuomo never once made a comment against Rubio's religion. The only way anyone could take his comment that way is by intentionally wanting to be offended or to intentionally want someone else to be. His comment was intentionally a direct slur against Rubio. Not only his Daily Bible quote, but his "sermon for all occasions" attitude while he was giving himself over to the will of tRump. If Cuomo had commented instead on his overpriced suit, would you be saying he was attacking the clothing designer? If he made fun of his haircut, would you claim he was ridiculing the stylist? Of course not. This was a personal comment about the most predominant detail about Rubio. Also...Religion is like a penis. It's okay to have one, but if you have to bring it out and wave it around in public, you obviously should be prepared for backlash no matter how nice it is .

  1. Rev. Robert's Avatar Rev. Robert

    In this great Country we are allowed to practice our religious beliefs so long as it does not harm others. Lutherans do not show up at the Methods church to protest against their prayers. Why, then would a group calling themselves “Christians” descend on a peaceful prayer meeting of Native Americans? Goes much deeper I think. Look inward for the reason and re-examine the motivation.

    1. John Norris Campbell's Avatar John Norris Campbell

      Christians learn from scripture to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ...using love, compassion and understanding, just like Jesus did... Just because some ppl call themselves "Christian" does not mean they truly are...On a more personal note, if I encounterd a person intent on worshipping a rock or a tree, or maybe the 'spirit guardian' of an animal before they harvest it, I'd be inclined to share with them knowledge of the One True God.

  1. John Robert Peters's Avatar John Robert Peters

    The demeaning of others with insulting words and actions are legacies of Trump. Rubio is indeed a hypocrite who does not practice what he would find in the Bible should he use it for more than a political prop, as did Trump. That said, I guess you reap what you sow.

    1. John Norris Campbell's Avatar John Norris Campbell

      One cannot expect anything truthful to come out of the mouths of ANY bought and paid for politician or billionars...they have already turned to the dark side...(Ephesians 3:18) states "That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the sleigt of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to decieve...."

  1. Meshweida Carter's Avatar Meshweida Carter

    No ones religious beliefs should be played with. Who he/she/they believe is their choice. If you dont believe, keep it to yourself. Your opinion does not hold a valid point. Mocking a person is not acceptable either. Keep the hate, unbelief, and idiocies to yourself. Would anyone mock their own family members or kids for their choices? Yes, sadly some would. The damage is done mentally and the naysayers will always feel right. Christianity or others go wherever that person feels. In politics, its neither good or bad but; depends on the context, speech, examples, and how the faith is represented.

  1. David Bartlett's Avatar David Bartlett

    I believe that the use of "bible boy" was not intended to mock Christian beliefs but rather to mock Rubio's hypocrisy.

  1. shiningwolf9's Avatar shiningwolf9

    Yes, a professed "faith" is fair game, when used for selfish personal, political, power hungry individuals, and groups. Read what Messiah himself spoke of those in religious positions, time, and time again. Christianity, and Islam have both become a truly bloody, and false religions not long after their Founders deaths. One would have to be blind to deny the truth.

  1. Gary James Thomas Garrett's Avatar Gary James Thomas Garrett

    Let's ask the muslims if they think denigrating someones faith is ok. Many christians think religious freedom applies only to them. It's ok to ban people of a certain faith from entering the country and cause them harm and grief but it's a terrible thing to say a thing or two about a quote from the bible. Rubio's verses were admittedly put out there for political purposes but no one should question them for political purposes? Arrogance and hypocrisy.

  1. Alexander Clarke's Avatar Alexander Clarke

    Religion is all about control. Control of what you think, say and do. It is about blindly following a particular "faith" and about condemning all other who do not believe as you do. God does not need your money but the arrogant "faith" leaders do.

  1. Rev. Dr. G. Waldron's Avatar Rev. Dr. G. Waldron

    I watch Chris Cuomo often on CNN. He isn't perfect and sometimes disappoints. He has frequently referred to his Catholic faith and even goes on the air on Ash Wednesday with the black cross on his forehead. I guess he is trying to show his faith in his care for the forgotten and sick, whereas Senator Rubio seems, in his voting, to have lost his way. So, as others have said walk the walk not just talk the talk.

  1. pjm's Avatar pjm

    This is hypocritical as others have said. Rubio and his ilk have absolutely no problem with using their religion as a political weapon to discriminate against people -- but no one is allowed to use his religion to criticize him?

    He has a double standard. The way Rubio sees it : "If I use my religion to criticize or discriminate against you it's religious freedom. But if you criticize my religion it's persecution" No wonder Cuomo aptly referred to him as "Bible boy." As a Christian myself, I hate when people like Rubio give us all a bad name. Real Christians are tolerant. As in the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, tolerance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

    Jesus specifically told his followers not to be as the hypocrites and pray on the street corners (making a show of religion), and told them when they pray to go into their closet and pray to God in secret. Anyone who makes a show of religion as Rubio does isn't following Christ. Not only that, but Jesus also said "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's". In other words, keep your religion and politics separate. When you mix them you can't expect others to not do the same.

    Hypocrisy is one of the few things that really make me angry. Rubio has no problem wielding his religion as a political weapon when it comes to being vocal and voting against LGBT and women's rights for instance. But God help anyone who returns the favor. This is why Jesus referred to the hypocritical religious leaders of his time as "a brood of vipers."

  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.

        1. John Norris Campbell's Avatar John Norris Campbell

          One would actually have to prove Trump lied about ANYTHING before making a comment like that...and no...I'm not waiting to hear what you learned on MSM...as pure as the driven snow...aka PROPAGANDA

      2. Tom's Avatar Tom

        He's not worth your time unfortunately, Ren.

        1. Ren's Avatar Ren

          Looking at his responses to others in this thread, I see what you mean.

      3. 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. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

          Really get your facts straight Cuomo's brother isn't being impeached just because that Traitor to the United State by supporting the sedition act of overthrowing the government of United State Sen Rand Paul says he should be doesn't make it true. You really have to go back and learn your history to try to compare the deploying field hospitals for the over flow of coronavirus patients to the Nazi camps and the Japanese camps. Even the Japanese camps set up on the western part of the US. don't even compare to the Nazi concentration camps. The people at the field hospitals are NOT being send there and detained against their will like they were at the the Japanese camps set up on the western part of the US. nor are they being systematically beaten, starved, worked to death, shot, gas and used as guinea pig in horrific and gruesome medical experiments like they where at the Nazi concentration camps. And by the way the SAG and ACLU didn't say anything about it either. We wouldn't have do this if it wasn't for YOUR traitorous and seditionist trump that YOU LOVE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!

          1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

            get your own facts straight Kossee, this is coming directly from the State Assembly in Albany. So are you now saying that you know more then they do?

            1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

              Please state exactly what it is that coming from the State Assembly in Albany that support your statement.

              1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

                According to Albany Coumo has an impeachment charge filed against him for sexual assalut of a male aide and even the ACLU is going to nail him to a wall if he so much as dares sign a bill trying to put NY citizens in camps.

                You really should check with the news Kossee, or do you just like the taste of shoe leather and desenex?

              2. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

                You should be careful about making a statement out of context .

                ALBANY — A former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo alleged in a tweet Sunday morning that the governor "sexually harassed me for years."

                The Times Union interviewed three women who worked in the executive chamber for Cuomo for more than 15 years combined, but have each since left. They were reached out to independently by the newspaper; they spoke on the condition of anonymity as they weren’t familiar with Boylan’s specific claims of being personally harassed, but they said the culture described by Boylan did not match their own experiences working for Cuomo.

                “I never once saw him berate or treat a staffer in a way that was unbecoming. I just never saw it. And to me … there’s a lot of things that could be said about the governor, but sexual harassment, it just boggles my mind,” said the first, who worked in a manager-level role for a number of years.

                “Not to say it may not be true, but it’s very difficult for me to believe it,” she said.

                The second said she had been “racking her brain” all morning trying to think if she’d ever heard of the governor harassing a woman after seeing Boylan's tweets, and she couldn’t come up with anyone. The third said she "never felt or observed any sexual harassment, period."

                All three women said that working for the governor is demanding and high-stress, and that Cuomo can be a tough boss. But they conveyed that is what one should expect when one works in high levels of government.

                One of the women, when asked whether Cuomo speaks sharply to staff, paused for several seconds before answering slowly that “he expects a lot,” and, pausing again, she added that he can be demanding and strongly worded.

                “I wouldn’t question that someone would perceive it as bullying,” she said, but she instead perceived it as directness.

                Boylan stated on Twitter that she tried three times to quit Cuomo’s office “before it stuck.” She also suggested she'd declined to sign some type of non-disclosure agreement when leaving the job, stating that she did not “sign whatever they told me to sign when I left.”

                The women contacted by the Times Union said they weren’t pressured to stay, the way Boylan said she was. They said they were never asked to sign an NDA, and they couldn’t imagine anyone else being asked to. One of them said she was thrown a going-away party when she left that was attended by senior staff.

                Last week, Cuomo's Senior Advisor Rich Azzopardi denied that Boylan was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

                Boylan is in the midst of a political campaign, running in the 2021 election for Manhattan borough president. In June, Boylan lost a Democratic primary for U.S. Congress to incumbent U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler.

                “To be clear: I have no interest in talking to journalists," she wrote in a subsequent tweet to the one alleging the harassment. Boylan didn't respond to a call or text from the Times Union after she sent her first tweets on the subject last week.

                The Times Union obtained 2018 executive chamber internal personnel records, which show that Boylan, herself, was accused of bullying, harassing behavior while she worked for the governor, which ultimately led to her resignation. Three Black women reported that Boylan had yelled at them and "treated them like children." This led to a meeting with Cuomo's head lawyer where Boylan offered to resign.

                And also there is no mention anywhere about the "ACLU is going to nail him to a wall if he so much as dares sign a bill trying to put NY citizens in camps" This is just another fabrication of yours that has no real basis in fact.

              3. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

                what I said is fact Kossee, nice try at spin but failed yet again

      4. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

        Nope I am stating fact, it seems that you and the people that agree with you are the ones being obtuse. And you might want to look it up to see how you are insulting yourself and the people agreeing with you

        1. Tom's Avatar Tom

          As per usual, you're actually not.

          1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

            As per usual I am.

    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. Ren's Avatar Ren

          You're like the pastor who (erroneously) sees persecution against Christians everywhere - including in the age old greeting "Merry Xmas!"

          1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

            No I am stating fact, and I can see by your post you have no way to challenge it.

            1. Ren's Avatar Ren

              No, you're not stating fact. You are putting forth your ill-informed opinion. Big difference - something that Trump apologists have great difficulty with.

              1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

                Sorry but no. I AM stating fact. You sadly are the one who seems to be spouting an opinion and expecting people to take it as fact

              2. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

                No I am stating fact. Sorry if that busts your bubble

              3. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

                Yeah well, we are very familiar with how well you're able to differentiate fact from fiction and the truth from a fabricated lie. Daniel Gray

              4. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

                Kossee, ou lie more here then most anyone I have ever seen. No wonder nobody takes you seriously

              5. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

                Yeah, yeah, yeah, say whatever you want because everyone know you all too well, you have burned too many bridges by calling way too many people childish names and liars when ever they confronted you and proven you to be wrong.

              6. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

                hurts to read the truth does it not Kossee?

              7. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

                I reply like I am replied to. Sorry Kossee but if you would stop your lies and name calling then maybe people would reply to you with a little more respect.

              8. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

                Yeah whatever Daniel Gray as I said before, it really doesn't matter what you say, everyone know you all too well.

              9. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

                so does everyone who has read your error filled lies you try and post as fact and then gets you so upset when its proved that you lied so you respond in the childish way you just did kossee. But please continue, you are doing far more damage to yourself then anything anyone else could do even if they wanted to.

  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. Thom's Avatar Thom

        This reply was not posted under here so, I wanted to make sure it was seen and properly directed.

        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.

    2. Rev. George D. Bishop 's Avatar Rev. George D. Bishop

      Well said.

    3. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

      I was struck by the odd statement you made Thom rather than say dad or stepdad or the formal father or stepfather you said: "My male parent" It's as though you had a cold and very distant relationship with your as you referred to as "My male parent" .

      1. Thom's Avatar Thom

        In reply to your concern, my "father" was more concerned with how the Catholic Church viewed our family than how our family actually viewed themselves. I could go into a whole bunch of family therapy stuff but, I won't bother you with this. You see, our family was not his golden child but his moldy piece of wood. The order of importance in his mind was, God/Jesus, the Church (the priests, nuns, deacons, lay ministers), his patients, his friends and then, his family. I realized the other day it has been 10 years since his passing and the only thing that reminded me was, a letter from his estate. Other than that, I would not have remembered.

        Now, as for my mother, I remember the anniversary of her birthday and death, every single year. I am sad she was never able to meet my wife and children. I am also sad she could not see how I was able to make my wife and family first and all the rest only pieces of my life.

        Hope this answers your question.

  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.

  1. Ronald Gri's Avatar Ronald Gri

    My friends, Those of old knew that the ONLY way that 'true' knowledge would be REMEMBERED in the future was to hide in in story or song. The old saying I believe was' Sticks and Stones, etc ', I believe this applies here. All we need to remember is that Ignorance is forgivable, Stupidity is punishable by Death ;} Walk and believe in his name, and you shall never want. There's always time for Jello...Wait, What...I meant Prayer ;}

  1. Deborah du Boulay Theresa du Boulay's Avatar Deborah du Boulay Theresa du Boulay

    Rubio needs to Practice what he preaches

  1. Peter R LeVAN's Avatar Peter R LeVAN

    EXACTLY!

  1. Walter Steven Weedman's Avatar Walter Steven Weedman

    Sue has got it right.

  1. Reverend Thomas Weigand's Avatar Reverend Thomas Weigand

    Even Jesus Christ was mocked. And in Matthew 10:22 says KJV And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Jesus told his disciples this so why are we surprised. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. If they hate you you should rejoice. God allows them choice as he did you.

    God Bless

  1. Rhonda L Grubb's Avatar Rhonda L Grubb

    No one has the right to get it to ridicule someone’s religious belief

  1. JT of the plains's Avatar JT of the plains

    When someone makes a comment, it is open for support or criticism. No matter what the comment's content is about. Therefore, if someone is quoting the Bible, or any other resource, then obviously that is "fair game." I especially think it is appropriate to question people who say one thing, and then do something else. Hypocrisy can be challenged at at time.

  1. John Levy's Avatar John Levy

    Making fun of any religion is wrong. Making fun of anyone who has faith is wrong. Don't think that making fun of religion isn't one step away from removing religion. We need to respect all religions or we will find ourselves with no religion. The faithless have no respect for anything. Morals and decency are based in faith.

    1. Randy C Hamilton's Avatar Randy C Hamilton

      J L, If you cannot take a joke, tough. If a joke (or reality) kills your faith, HOORAY. Try reality. No proof of any gods exists, none.

  1. Shelly Martin's Avatar Shelly Martin

    I am a Secular Officiant

    Religions and spirituality are the reason for the state of the world Religion promotes over population Over population is the #1 reason For the destruction of the planet Religion is the main source of depression It sets people up for constant failure

    Yes! Any person who is in the public eye And openly claims they are religious Especially when they use said religion To sway people for their benefit

    Im so proud of the CNN anchor

    Religion is on our currency In our government In our entertainment All over our television WHY? THERE IS NO NEED

    Keep your religion or spirituality In the privacy of your home

    The religious in public work Need to be constantly ridiculed AND QUESTIONED of their motives ALL THE TIME

    The religious in public work Tend to lie Tell half truths

    Eye for and eye, yeah?

    1. Shelly Martin's Avatar Shelly Martin

      Thank you for posting my comment

  1. Shelly Martin's Avatar Shelly Martin

    I hope you approve my comment

    And not censor what i said

    If you dont approve it You prove my point that religion Is fearful of the people who have An external locus of control Who can think Logically and reasonably

    1. Shelly Martin's Avatar Shelly Martin

      Thank you for posting my comment

  1. CTF's Avatar CTF

    I believe the comment was made due to some members of the Republican Party using Christianity as a “selling point” to republicanism.

    But they are using it to sow the seeds of hate. If they truly believe in the teachings, and spirit of Jesus, then they would truly stop with the religious rhetoric, and govern under the teachings - not use it as a tool.

    Look at Mark Lindell (Mypillow guy). Uses that cross around his neck as a sign that “if you buy my wares, you’re supporting Christianity.” There should be no place for Religious ferventry in politics.

    Now - to the Chris Cuomo comment; I believe it was a poor choice - just as it is wrong to use religion as a ‘feature’, it is equally wrong to cast a hateful statement based on said religion. Wrong is wrong - no matter where you stand politically, or ecumenically.

    .... my 2 cents.

  1. David R Kless II's Avatar David R Kless II

    It shouldn't penetrate the pastor none in any way and in a way it's a complement. and if he was trying to humiliate him that is ok to they humiliated jesus christ to and when we go before our father on judgment day we also will be humiliated before our father God bless you and may jesus's Grace's be with you all

  1. Douglas Richard Myers's Avatar Douglas Richard Myers

    No person should ever be attacked because of their religion. We live in a country where we have the freedom to worship as we believe. Might we remember “judge not yet ye be judged. I personally applaud anyone who carries their Bible openly.

  1. John Norris Campbell's Avatar John Norris Campbell

    Idolatry, in a bibical sense is to make ones self a paticular God that caters to that paticular person or group's current morality. That is how some "very devout" men of God can keep their sexually deviant lifestyles, and yet, still claim to serve "god"...yes they are serving a paticular "god"...just NOT the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob...And THAT God is very clear on His position on Adultry, Fornication and homosexuality, as well as liars,Thieves and ppl who bear false witness---He views ALL these sins the same...Today's wolves in "sheep's clothing are standing in the pulpit of congregations spouting off hate towards a paticular group of sinners while keeping their OWN paticular sexually deviant lifestyles..which can include pedophilla, incest,homosexuality (think Roman Cathloic Church)...the Jimmy Lee Swaggarts of the world busted with a limo full of hookers...as well as a PLETHORA of OTHER sins...embezzlement, bearing false witness...ect...A True Christian simply CANNOT justify the wholesale murdering of children in the wombs of their mothers...ESPECIALLY when only directed at a paticular race (black and poor ppl's babies)....once again: Idolatry is concieving of a god to fit your paticular lifestyle. God Bless ya'll!!

  1. Oona Venturini's Avatar Oona Venturini

    i believe in religious freedom, and within the concept of freedom lies the understanding that everyone is free regardless of their faith or lack of it.Politics and faith?.....big mess

  1. Robert Swim's Avatar Robert Swim

    We trust in words to guide us, we trust in ideas to lead us, we trust in God to deliver us from the vagaries of evil. Why is it we have to use these things against a person, to mock their beliefs and belittle their place among us. It isn't the RIGHT thing to use religion as a weapon against anyone, or to use it as a reason to divide us. No religion supports the division and the condescension of another religion, unless we misrepresent, warp, or wrongly interpret the reason for religion, which is to support, bring together, and unite people to God. If we cannot practice tolerance, justice and forgiveness to each other, how can God see fit to forgive us? In many ways, it is NOT the belief in, or of God which is the lesson of religion, but the belief that in mercy, hope, and help to guide us to unite together is true, and all things which divide us, have no place in belief, and we should not believe in those who justify derision or promote supremacy by using religion as an excuse or misuse the guidance of religion to promote one above another.

  1. Richard Lee Cornell's Avatar Richard Lee Cornell

    Try that with a Muslim and see who house is egg bomb.

  1. Susan Margaret Fries's Avatar Susan Margaret Fries

    I do not believe anyone (Chris Cuomo in particular) should poke fun or mock another person with derogatory "Bible Boy" name-calling. He is a commentator and not a voice of reason. I'm sick and tired of people complaining about "In God We Trust" being on our money and other government items such as buildings and monuments, etc. The president is sworn in with his hand on a BIBLE. You want to know why? Because that was what America was built on. It was not built on your opinion. If you don't like it, why did you come here in the first place? Don't get me wrong, you are more than welcomed and we don't mind if your opinion or your religion or lack thereof is different; just don't rain on our parade, traditions and love of God. That's what we do here, so please do not tear down our monuments, our "In God We Trust", because this is America and in God we do trust. I'm sorry if you do not. Live here, do your own thing, but don't take our thing away from us. Be careful who you poke.

  1. Krista J Ruck's Avatar Krista J Ruck

    If you bring your religion into your politics, then I would say it's fair game. If you keep your religion out of your politics then it wouldn't become a target in the first place.

  1. Hymon T. Johnson's Avatar Hymon T. Johnson

    Senator Rubio is referred to as a 'devout Catholic' but when I hear him say one thing one day and the opposite the next; when I see him bow to what can only be termed hypocrisy and very mean and un-Catholic acts against God's children, I am reminded of Jesus' very strong admonition of the Pharisees. I believe this is what Cuomo, a Catholic himself, may have been referring to. Quoting scripture when deeds clearly contradict what is said is not right, and it gives a bad name to devout people of faith from all traditions. I do not denigrate or denounce him. I simply bring light to what we have seen and heard, and pray for an end to such bold untruth and misuse of Christ's great and eternal teachings, which should be applied and adhered to under all circumstances, and especially by highly visible leaders who are entrusted to provide and support good, moral-based, compassionate policy and virtuous example.

  1. Daniel P Murphy's Avatar Daniel P Murphy

    I always find it amazing how people respond when someone refers to God in public. Some get very passionate about putting that person down. Why? Chris Cuomo has exhibited many times in the past to not be the best to watch for information on the news. It's hard to respect a person who acts and speaks like he does. If someone even the folks in Washington want to speak of their religion, what's the big deal? Senator Rubio was and has many time referred to his religion. It's easy to respect a person that expresses himself with words that he truly believes. I don't think there is ever a need for name calling.

    1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

      Senator Rubio is a public figure using a public forum to espouse his religious views to the general public, therefore he is open and fair game for public criticism.

      1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

        You know that you using a public forum to espouse your fantasies also open YOU up for criticism

        1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

          Have you been smoking that bovine droppings again Danny Boy. You just can't leave those poor cows alone can you. You just can't get enough of that BS so you just have to get it straight from the source don't you and now you're really tripping.

          1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

            Seems you have and quite often Kossee if you think anyone with any sense is going to accept your myths as fact when they are so easily proved as myths.

            1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

              So exactly what is it that a fact that is proven as a myth Danny Boy?

              1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

                try everything you have posted being a myth Kossee.

  1. Renee Irene Robles's Avatar Renee Irene Robles

    If someone is using their religion to deny someone his or her Constitutional rights, or to do harm to a vulnerable individual or group, then absolutely his or her religion is fair game. After all, both John the Baptist and Jesus Himself were not above skewering the religious leaders of their day as being a "generation of vipers" for their hypocrisy and lack of compassion for the poor. At the same time, Jesus said that those same leaders "sit in Moses' seat," and that the people SHOULD listen to them, just not follow their personal examples!

    Our Founders came from a "Christian Nation" where the King was also the head of the Church. Church and State were literally and figuratively "in bed" with each other, and those Founders had had a bellyful of it. They assiduously endeavored to separate "church and state" so that all were free to practice their religious beliefs according to the dictates of conscience without interference from the state. That does not mean that one's ethics that arise out of one's religious beliefs should be barred from public discourse!! But lawmakers must be careful that they are not imposing their private beliefs on others, or writing their own peculiar doctrines of faith into civil law where others might not appreciate being forced to worship/practice in conflict with their own consciences.

    But where politicians press a certain code of behavior on others by which they themselves cannot and do not live, then yes, their hypocrisy is fair game. And anyone who really thinks that they've gotten their hands on the Secret Memo containing God's Will on all topics, then I would remind them of the words of St. Paul: "Beware ye think ye stand, lest ye fall." Paul advocated a certain humility that recognized the capacity of all people, especially those in leadership positions, to fall from grace. Paul numbered himself as "chief among sinners." John the Baptist said he was unworthy to untie Jesus' shoes. Yet Jesus said that John was the greatest man who had ever lived, and did not even exclude Himself.

  1. Gary Roy Holstrom's Avatar Gary Roy Holstrom

    if you are a lying seditionist, only out for yourself, selfish, greedy and entitled......yes

  1. Al Eastmond's Avatar Al Eastmond

    AlTheMinister1 No it should never be ok to mock somebody over their choice of religion. No matter the religion we should be respectful of those that observe differently, or even to those that do not follow any religion at all. We as humans have become the most dangerous animals on the planet.

  1. Robert Wayne Moore's Avatar Robert Wayne Moore

    I believe that a persons faith should not be questioned. However if someone in a very public position puts his or her beliefs out there during an interview then they are asking to have that faith called into question. Our forefathers were right in wanting a separation of Church and State. I also personally believe that one does need to also respect for another persons beliefs. This reporter did not show respect.

    1. Randy C Hamilton's Avatar Randy C Hamilton

      How can one respect complete and utter stupidity? This guy belongs to the cult of catholic bible thumpers. Quoting the catholic lies/translations/hate does not do our country any good. Remember the Crusades, the Inquisition, Hitler (a catholic who claimed he was doing the church's work), with hunts, etc. ALL promoted by the catholics.

  1. Carl A. Hankins's Avatar Carl A. Hankins

    I believe that if a person believes and is religious then his whole personification will show it without being a quotable quotes person. I've heard about separation of church and state but when does it start ? We seem to see a lot of one sided endings to it. Does politics throw it out the window when their feeling frisky about an intense situation and pick it up as a crutch to help them thru it ? I don't know if God likes feeling wanted because people argue about him. So what's the argument about ? I forgot..!

  1. Carl A. Hankins's Avatar Carl A. Hankins

    I believe that if a person believes and is religious then his whole personification will show it without being a quotable quotes person. I've heard about separation of church and state but when does it start ? We seem to see a lot of one sided endings to it. Does politics throw it out the window when their feeling frisky about an intense situation and pick it up as a crutch to help them thru it ? I don't know if God likes feeling wanted because people argue about him. So what's the argument about ? I forgot..!

  1. Hershel Franklin's Avatar Hershel Franklin

    I don't find it appropriate to mock one's faith and it rather surprises me that Mr. Cuomo would do that as I would assume they are both of the Roman Catholic faith. I find some of the comments a bit disconcerting.

  1. Earl Detwiler's Avatar Earl Detwiler

    Many felt a total immigration time-out for a few years would give descendants of slavery an opening to establish themselves in new occupations.

    "We favor shutting out the Germans from Germany, the Italians from Italy, the Hindus from India, the Chinese from China, and even the Negroes from the West Indies.

    "This country is suffering from immigrant indigestion.

    "It is time to call a halt on this grand rush for American gold, which over-floods the labor market, resulting in lowering the standard of living, race-riots, and general social degradation. The excessive immigration is against the interests of the masses of all races and nationalities in the country -- both foreign and native."

    -- A. Philip Randolph

    Randolph was not being xenophobic or nativist or racist; he simply was asking for less foreign immigration for the benefit of all American workers already living in the country, whether native-born or foreign born. NumbersUSA stands in the same tradition

    1. Earl Detwiler's Avatar Earl Detwiler

      Many felt a total immigration time-out for a few years would give descendants of slavery an opening to establish themselves in new occupations.

      "We favor shutting out the Germans from Germany, the Italians from Italy, the Hindus from India, the Chinese from China, and even the Negroes from the West Indies.

      "This country is suffering from immigrant indigestion.

      "It is time to call a halt on this grand rush for American gold, which over-floods the labor market, resulting in lowering the standard of living, race-riots, and general social degradation. The excessive immigration is against the interests of the masses of all races and nationalities in the country -- both foreign and native."

      -- A. Philip Randolph

      Randolph was not being xenophobic or nativist or racist; he simply was asking for less foreign immigration for the benefit of all American workers already living in the country, whether native-born or foreign born. NumbersUSA stands in the same tradition

  1. Michelle Stasko's Avatar Michelle Stasko

    It is never ok to mock another persons religion.

  1. John Robert Manis's Avatar John Robert Manis

    The liberals/democrats will attack anything that may get in their way of absolute power. They attack our religions because they need the complete decay of morals, decency, and love. They need to spread the seeds of hate, division, revenge and water those seeds with media propaganda. The same method Hitler used to imprison and slaughter over 6 million people. Spreading the word of God and the good hinders their evil plans.

    1. pjm's Avatar pjm

      @John Robert Manis. You are a very confused man. I for one am a liberal democrat and a born-again Christian.
      Your extremist politics seem to have blurred your perception of reality. Hitler was a right-wing fascist, far from being a liberal. He discredited the media, telling people not to believe the truth they heard. Then he promoted hate, division, revenge and watered those seeds with propaganda just like our recent fascist President did. Hitler used the people's religion and hyper-nationalism as a weapon to seduce the masses into following him. Just like a certain recent U.S. President. What you are doing is typical of the radical right: Accuse your opponents of doing the very thing that YOU do in order to deflect.
      So sad.

  1. David T Perry's Avatar David T Perry

    I try not to judge, fair game? I would say no,but who am I to tell someone what they can and can not say but I can say that the money he makes and spends still says “IN GOD WE TRUST” but I know I am not the man that can cast the first stone 😉 if we all could just love a bit more instead how the world has become. So today I need you to smile at a stranger say hello Sincerely ask them how is your day until at least a couple people to have an amazing day. BE THE CHANGE! So whoever reads this you have an amazing day

  1. Rafael Picon's Avatar Rafael Picon

    An audience with Allah to determine a political path would be acceptable to most Westerners . Bringing metaphysical Explanations into real world decisions will not work . Look how silly Paula White and Kenny Copeland look when entering the real world arena o rescue Trump . Making educated guesses when you dont know or your not sure is something altogether different . Having faith or an inclination based on past performance is a kind of faith that is comprehensive to anyone . That being said the inauguration was littered with " Christian" rhetoric for Biden . Maybe that was so the Democrats don't appear like left wing Atheists in comparison to the White Evangelical support Trump was receiving

  1. Michael S Cope's Avatar Michael S Cope

    Well. Stupid is as Stupid does. Maybe Marco and all of us should call This person a lying hand puppet. At least that would be true.

  1. Hazel's Avatar Hazel

    It is absolutely NOT okay to do that. It's totally NOT okay. Religion is protected under anti-discrimination laws. Calling him that is ridiculing him because of his religion. I've been verbally AND physically attacked because I'm pagan. I'm pursuing legal action. Maybe the Senator should too.

    1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

      Senator Rubio is a public figure using a public forum to espouse his religious views to the general public, therefore he is open and fair game for public criticism. You are not a public figure, that would be like comparing apple to oranges even though they are both fruit, they are a different type of fruit and he was only being publicly criticized was not physically attacked. He ran for the office of senator and got elected, knowing full well all that come with being an elected public official all that it entails and one of those things is being publicly criticized. And sorry but being publicly criticized does not fall under religious discrimination.

      Religious discrimination

      Is prejudicial action against a worker because of their religious beliefs. Examples include denying employment to someone because they are a Catholic, a Muslim, or a Rastafarian, all cases of direct discrimination. Discrimination can also arise from having a system of employment rules in place, which are not discriminatory in themselves, but which work against the interests of a particular faith group ( indirect discrimination); for example, having a dress code that is difficult for devout Muslims to adhere to (e.g. an insistence that beards are shaved or that women have to wear non-full length skirts). Religious discrimination, according to some definitions, also includes prejudicial action against someone because of their non-belief; that is discrimination against atheists and agnostics. The issue of dress codes and religious belief has been a controversial one in the UK (and other countries) in recent years with some employers insisting that all religious symbols be removed by their workers (e.g. non-wearing of crucifixes) and that the wearing of a veil that completely covers the face by Muslim women is incompatible with the social interaction needed in service jobs. These and similar issues are likely to continue to remain controversial. In the European Union, religious discrimination is unlawful as a result of the Equal Treatment Framework Directive.

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  1. Joshua Frazier's Avatar Joshua Frazier

    It is not ok to go after another's faith even if you don't like it. By doing so you're telling people that it's okay to hurt people by accosting them over what they believe. Im a pagan and this is something i or anyone in my faith would do.

  1. Alexander Arends's Avatar Alexander Arends

    There seems to be a lot of condemnation in these comments. mostly of Marco Rubio, but also of Chris Cuomo. As an citizen, I feel that Marc Rubio is entitled to express his beliefs, even in government. He is not forcing his faith on anyone. And he may quote or refer to any scriptures he wants, be it the Bible, the Koran, or any other publication. Or is it OK to condemn someone's perspective based on their religious believes?

    Regarding Chris Cuomo, he also has a right to express his opinion although I find it inappropriate to do so on public television. But that's up to his network. Other than that, we can leave the judging of either person up to God.

  1. Mathilda Anne Dock's Avatar Mathilda Anne Dock

    Calling a guest on your program a name is disrespectful. Many politicians use bible verses in their speeches as do many speakers. I think the comment was rude and unbecoming to Mr. Cuomo who I generally hold in high regard.

  1. John Cecil Hill Jr's Avatar John Cecil Hill Jr

    The 2020 Presidential election is proof that Satan and The Illuminati have a thorough foothold in our Nation, One Nation under GOD! We must ask Jesus to provide Divine Protection for our Armed Force and Their Intelligence Community's, are, about to Expose The Enemy's we were warned about through Our Christian Faith and Belief's! We must prepare Spiritually against these dark forces, we must pour The Blood of Jesus over Our Land, homes, our brothers and sisters, over our lives and over This Great Nation Under God, TO: MY CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS FM: A CHRISTIAN MAN (Who surely has fallen short of his glory more than once) SUBJ: Destroying Strongholds over our Nation and Our Live's and that of others. The Illuminati will be Exposed! Their faces are coming up now, as we speak!,

  1. Darlene Williams's Avatar Darlene Williams

    The Bible says, “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways” (Jms. 1:8).

  1. Cheryl J Williams's Avatar Cheryl J Williams

    It’s totally fair game! Take for example millions of adults who believe there’s a magic man living in the sky. This magic man supposedly wrote a book that tells humans what he wants us to do. Yet, this book is so imperfect that there are fights about what the magic man wants from us. In fact, there are so many different opinions on what the magic man wants that there are over 40,000 different denominations of that religion! But, there are still adults that believe this magic man, who can’t even express himself clearly, is capable of creating a universe.

    How could anyone who believes such a crazy story be capable of running a country? And why should we trust someone who thinks faith is more important than evidence?

    Indeed! People who believe crazy things with no evidence are not people who we want running our country. We need people who examine the evidence and use their brain to come to logical conclusions. What has gotten our country into the state it’s in now is trusting people who listen to to the voices in their head, think it’s a god, and act on what they think the god wants them to do.

    Picking on people for believing stupid things is the American way. It’s always served us well and is a good way to weed out the crazies.

    Attacking someone’s religion is fair game. In fact, it’s necessary.

  1. Tung Nguyen's Avatar Tung Nguyen

    Nothings off limits when hate power control and anger exist. Doesn't make it right but it makes it life. Everyone's differnt and see things differently. Some people are willing to get physically violent if you say something negative about their favirite politician. But will just think your being childish if you talk bad about their mother.

    But since the CNN anchor now knows that making a negative comment about Rubio's religious beliefs is something that can set him off. If he intentionally does it again. Then he's purposely crossing the line. It still doesn't make it off limits. It shows the CNN anchor is an A-hole.

  1. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher

    RUBIO BIBLE BOY ? NO, MORE LIKE BoBo BOY, TRAITOR to THIS COUNTRY !

  1. Randy C Hamilton's Avatar Randy C Hamilton

    I doubt that he tweets Luke 19:27 or John 15:6 where JC wants to kll people. We need Constitutional actions, not mystical B S. Go Cuomo!!! Call em like you see 'em even though you claim to believe the lies of religion.

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