White House spokesman Jay Carney tried to quote the Bible last week in support of the president’s jobs bill and got it entirely wrong. He quoted that age-old line about God helping those who help themselves, which of course appears nowhere in the Bible.
R. CARNEY: Well, I believe the phrase from the Bible* is, “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” And I think the point the President is making is that we should — we have it within our capacity to do the things to help the American people.
But even if the Bible did say that, why should anyone care? Can we just stop quoting the Bible in support of public policy, people of both parties? The Bible supports nothing at all. Public policy should be defended on a rational basis, not on the basis of religious mythology.