By now we’ve all heard of “misgendering,” but there is such a thing as mis-attribution, as well. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke to a group of Christian university presidents recently and quoted her favorite. Unfortunately, the verse she quoted was not, in fact, from the Bible. While discussing immigration, Pelosi said: “To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.” Pelosi admitted she couldn’t locate the line in the Bible, but said it was there “someplace.” She then attributed it to a “bishop” whom she couldn’t identify. Pelosi has, according to reports, frequently cited the same quote as coming from the Bible. The quote appears fully 12 times in the congressional record from 2002 to 2018, with every reference coming from Pelosi herself, making the congressional record a sort of Department of Redundancy Department.
Nor is this the first time Pelosi has confused other quotes with Bible verses. In 1987, the newly- elected Pelosi told Congress that “Hold the pickles hold the lettuce, special orders won’t upset us” came from Leviticus. In 1996 she turned to Bob Dole, who was then running for president, and said, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” adding, “That’s from Exodus 1-4,” I believe.
More recently, she said that “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” is from Genesis, and that “Everybody Loves Raymond” hails from Deuteronomy. Then, after President Trump noted-- during his State of the Union address on February 5th-- that there were more women serving in Congress than ever before, she stood and shouted “Dilly, Dilly!” explaining it’s her favorite line from Numbers.
(For those of you who think The Green New Deal is a great plan, the first paragraph of this post is absolutely true, the second and third paragraphs are what is known as parody, or “a spoof.”)