AND JESUS SAID TO PIOUS PAUL RYAN …

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“A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years came up behind Jesus and touched his clothes in hope of a cure. Jesus turned to her and said: ‘Fear not. Because of your faith, you are now healed.’

“Then spoke Pious Paul of Ryan: ‘But teacher, is that wise? When you cure her, she learns dependency. Then the poor won’t take care of themselves, knowing that you’ll always bail them out! You must teach them personal responsibility!’ ”

So begins the “lost gospel” conversation between Jesus and Paul Ryan written by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

Jesus goes on to say to Ryan, “Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of God. But woe to you who are rich …”

Here’s My Take: It’s not Islam that threatens Christianity. It’s Christians including those in Congress who supported the President’s health care bill and his proposed budget that values military might above compassion for the poor.

Without compassion, Pious Paul, there is no Christianity.