Why isn’t Jacob Rees-Mogg anti-austerity if he’s so big on Christianity?

Jacob Rees-Mogg recently stated he was anti-abortion (including cases of incest and rape) and anti-same sex marriage, justifying his views based on his somewhat staunch Catholic beliefs.

Today, in the letters section of the Guardian, a one Iain Rowan from Sunderland made some very clever remarks:
“Jacob Rees-Mogg justifies his opposition to gay marriage and abortion even in cases of rape on the basis of his firmly held Christian beliefs (Report, 7 September). Fine. One can admire people with principles based on profound belief. So where is his opposition to welfare cuts on the grounds that Jesus went out of his way to demonstrate his compassion for the poor and the lame, the lepers and the prostitutes? When Jesus says “blessed are the peacemakers”, how does that fit with Rees-Mogg’s record of consistently voting for military intervention? Where are his statements on debates about executive pay, reminding other MPs that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven? I’m confused: I thought being a committed Christian meant following the teachings and actions of Jesus, rather than standing at the pick-and-mix counter in a sweetshop, only choosing the fizzy snakes.”
Iain Rowan
Sunderland

Iain raises a number of fair points on the teachings of Jesus Christ, who Christian’s see as their lord and saviour. On point’s of peace, on materialism and wealth, Jacob blatantly ignores the advise of Jesus, in fact it seems Jeremy Corbyn would be seen as a more committed Christian than Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Jacob could even listen to the leader of his Catholic Church – the Pope. Pope Francis is known to critics austerity, materialism, and wealth; Pope Francis has constantly attacked ‘unbridled capitalism’ – calling it the “dung of the devil.”

Even Reuters admitted and reported that the Pope called for a new economic order:

“Let us not be afraid to say it: we want change, real change, structural change,” the pope said, decrying a system that “has imposed the mentality of profit at any price, with no concern for social exclusion or the destruction of nature.”

Perhaps Jacob should re-examine his religious convictions and find it in his heart to end this failing austerity that has crippled the nation’s vital services and stripped it to it’s bare bone.

by Berk Bektas

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