Well, this has to be embarrassing.
During a Wednesday speech at the annual Council for Christian Colleges and Universities conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) quoted a “Bible verse” to bolster her argument on immigration policy. One problem: the verse she “quoted” is nowhere to be found in the Holy Bible.
“And I can’t find it in the Bible, but I quote it all the time and I keep reading and reading the Bible. I know it’s there someplace. It’s supposed to be in Isaiah,” Pelosi said.
“But I heard a bishop say, ‘To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God made us,’” she added. “It’s there somewhere in some words or another, but certainly the spirit of it is there.”
Called out by Slate, of all outlets
The verse Pelosi “quoted” is not in the Bible, however, as was learned by left-leaning media outlet Slate, who called out the Speaker for her inaccurate quote.
Slate reached out to a couple of Biblical scholars but got the same answer from both. Will Kynes, associate professor of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Whitworth University, said simply by email, “The Pelosi passage is not in the Bible.”
Kynes — as well as the other Bible scholar, Greg MaGee, associate professor of biblical studies at Taylor University — suggested that the closest approximation that could be found in the Bible was a verse in Proverbs.
Proverbs 14:3 has similar phrasing but is certainly not the same verse. It reads, “Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honor him.”
The Book of Pelosi
As Pelosi herself admitted, she has cited this particular non-existent “Bible verse” on numerous occasions in the past.
In fact, Slate found that Pelosi has quoted the made-up “verse” on the House floor nearly a dozen times for political purposes.
Now that she’s finally been called out, perhaps she’ll read up a bit first before her next speech.