'Government health care draws sick people away from God'

'Government health care draws sick people away from God' May 5, 2017

That’s the view of Dr Mark Green, above, a God-besotted state senator in Tennessee who could soon become Trump’s new US Army Secretary.
In 2015, Green told a church group:

I see our sort of government-based assistance taking God out of the picture. If you look at the Gospels and you go and study the Gospels, every person who came to Christ came to Christ with a physical need. It was either hunger or a disease.

He lamented the fact that that citizens in the United States now rely instead on the government to assist them, thus limiting the role of Christian churches to help the afflicted.

The person who’s in need … they look to the government for the answer, not God, and I think in that way government has done an injustice that’s even bigger than just the creation of an entitlement welfare state … I think it interrupts the opportunity for people to come to a saving knowledge of who God is.

He said that he hoped to personally set up free healthcare clinics at churches throughout Tennessee. Green is President/CEO of Align MD, an emergency department staffing company with businesses in five Southeastern states and he:

Actually treated Saddam Hussein on the night of his capture.

The Washington Examiner said:

His comments shed more light on the conservative religious views that have brought Green, a physician and former Army flight surgeon, under fire from Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill and a growing segment of progressive advocacy groups in advance of his Senate confirmation hearings.

Green has also spoken out against gay marriage, transgender bathroom rights and the teaching of Islam in public schools, which are all potential lightning rods for controversy when it comes to being confirmed as the Army’s top civilian leader.

Top Democrats have called his past statements “disgusting” as well as “extreme and deeply disturbing,” and a variety of advocacy groups have urged the Senate to reject his nomination due to what they deem homophobia, transphobia and Islamophobia.
Mikey Weinstein, President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said he was alarmed by the comments and that they were more proof that Green was unfit to be the Army Secretary.
Green would likely view soldiers through the “prism of his religious views” and single out those who do not fit in with this faith, Weinstein said.
The military allowed gay troops to serve openly in 2011 and last year permitted service by transgender troops.

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  • Laura Roberts

    Imagine that: a Trump appointee who is unqualified for his post. It’s just as surprising as a conservative politician caught with rent boys and cocaine, or a televangelist with a private jet and an entourage of hookers.

  • Newspaniard

    Cheeses! How soon will it be before it is a crime to be an atheist in the Good Ol’ USA.

  • L.Long

    They are trying real hard to turn it into a theocracy so they can make ‘america great’ like europe in the midevil ages!!!

  • Angela_K

    “Talk to your hands and you’ll be cured”
    “But Doc, I’ve still a bullet stuck in my body”
    “You are not praying hard enough. Next patient please”
    This man is seriously messed up in the head to be a GP and religious nutter.

  • Jenna

    Mercas goin down big time. The good ole USof A was not great for long was it. China is the next top dog global power … actually it is already. And you can bet they won’t let the evangelical tax dodgin’god bothering busibodies get a foot in the door to bring it all down neither. No Way.

  • Daz

    I find it ironic that the most morally uplifting tale in the whole Bible, the Good Samaritan, is the one which self-styled Bible-believing-Christians seem most willing to completely ignore.

  • John the Drunkard

    According to Bruce Bawer, the point of the good Samaritan story was that the Priests/Levites put their religious duty over the duty of care to a stranger. They would have been rendered ‘unclean’ if they touched a dead man, and therefore prevented from doing their ‘priestly duty.’
    So the religious ‘bad guy,’ a member of an eccentric splinter sect, was more godly than the ‘good guys.’

  • Daz

    More godly in some senses, yes. But the major point for me (and what makes it truly morally uplifting) is that the parable, as Jesus is shown relating it, makes no mention of the Samaritan being under any religious obligation or instruction to help the needy. As far as his motives are discussed, he simply seems to act on a sense of altruism.

  • Daz

    And let’s not forget the Old Testament. For all the bluster about homosexuality, sexual licentiousness and so on, the only specifically named sins attributed to the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah are inhospitality and lack of charity to the poor and needy.

  • Daz

    Egads. If the above is whacky, what the hell is this: Protests Against Trump Are Protests Against God.
    It’s not just the religious drivel, either; there’s a whole bundle of right-wing demonology—jihadists, Marxists (’cause anyone to the left of Right Wing Looneyville is, by definition, either Marxist or Stalinist), Black Lives Matter, protesters in general, all rolled into one glorious paranoid conspiracy theory. And throw in, in this day and age of mass internet-mediated communication and home printers: “How do they organise these protests and manage to turn up with pre-printed signs? Oh Em Gee it must be Satan!”
    If it weren’t so darned influential, it’d be hilarious.

  • John

    The situation regarding Samaritans is one of the little known areas of history.
    At one time, they had their own king and kingdom, and they were in competition with the Judeans and the king of the Jews.
    Today, around 700 surviving Samarians live near Nablus in the West Bank and another around 500 live in 1948-occupied Palestine.
    When thugs like Netanyahu claim that the former Judea and Samaria belongs to the zionists, he forgets Samaria was originally a completely separate kingdom and people; nothing whatsoever to do with the Judeans, let alone the Ashkenazim thugs who now control former British Mandate Palestine.
    There is much more on this at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samaritans for those who may be interested.
    As always with these myths, they simple served the purposes of the empires of the past, some of which collided such that the allegedly “holy” writings are just mere propaganda, just like christian/muslim propaganda.