GOP candidate accused of body-slamming reporter has said retirement is ‘not biblical’

May 26, 2017

By Jonnelle Marte

Greg Gianforte, the Montana Republican candidate charged with assaulting a reporter, has not quite reached retirement age. But based on what he has said in the past, he might never stop working anyway.

In a 2015 talk at the Montana Bible College, Gianforte said the idea of retirement doesn’t exactly match his religious beliefs.

“There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet it’s been an accepted concept in our culture today,” he said at the time, according to  a report in HuffPost. “Nowhere does it say, ‘Well, he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach.’ It doesn’t say that anywhere.”

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3 comments on “GOP candidate accused of body-slamming reporter has said retirement is ‘not biblical’

  • There’s nothing in the Bible that says it is immoral to keep slaves (quite the reverse)
    There’s nothing in the Bible that says it is immoral to commit genocide (quite the reverse)
    There’s nothing in the Bible that says it is immoral to commit rape (quite the reverse)

    There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about actively preventing people from having medical care while relying on them to pay for your medical care (it is quite critical of hypocrisy though)



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  • What started as a very bad example of a role model by a political candidate, may have some lessons illustrated after all!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40254191

    ‘Body slam’ congressman sentenced to 20 hours of anger counselling

    A Montana congressman who “body slammed” a reporter has been fined and sentenced to community service and anger management counselling.

    Greg Gianforte, 56, pleaded guilty to assaulting a journalist from the UK’s Guardian newspaper on the eve of his election last month.

    A judge initially sentenced the Republican to four days in jail before reducing the penalty.

    Gianforte is expected to be sworn in to office later this month.

    Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West gave Gianforte a 180-day deferred jail sentence.

    He was ordered to pay $385 (£304), complete 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counselling.

    Ben Jacobs, the reporter who was attacked after asking the candidate whether he supported the Republican healthcare plan, agreed not to sue Gianforte if he wrote a letter of apology and donated $50,000 (£39,500) to the Committee to Protect Journalists.



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