Montana Republican Uses the Story of Noah’s Ark to Justify Why Americans Don’t Need Social Security

greg-gianforteMost of us – even those who aren’t Christians – know the biblical story of Noah’s ark. The one about the centuries old man who somehow built a giant ark that housed two of every animal on Earth, despite having no prior training to do so, survived a global flood and lived to be around 900 years old. Oh, and if you’re a true creationist, he apparently had dinosaurs on this ark as well.

Yeah, just let that roll around in your mind for a few minutes – dinosaurs on an ark with humans (as well as every other animal on Earth) less than 6,000 years ago.

As a Christian, I’ve never put a whole lot of thought into some of these fables from the Bible. This is a book that’s been rewritten and translated numerous times over centuries, often by people who are rich and powerful. And as “trustworthy” as the rich and powerful have often seemed to be throughout history, especially as it pertains to controlling the “common folk,” I still tend to distrust anything that could have been reworked to benefit the needs of those looking to keep their power and wealth.

Well, it seems a Republican in Montana, millionaire Greg Gianforte who’s likely going to run for governor in 2016 against Democrat Gov. Steve Bullock, not only believes in the story of Noah’s ark – but he’s using Noah as an example for why Americans don’t need Social Security.

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

“The example I think of is Noah,” he continued. “How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”

That literally might be one of the dumbest things I’ve heard – ever. In fact, it’s so ridiculous, it’s not even worth breaking down just how stupid it is.

Now, will this guy ever become governor of Montana? Who knows, though it wouldn’t surprise me. But the problem is, this sort of rhetoric isn’t something said by some radical lunatic no one will ever pay attention to – this is a growing section of the Republican party that honestly wants to base our policies on stories from the Bible.

Hell, just look at a few weeks ago when Fox News’ Chris Wallace tore into GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson for saying that he would base his tax policies on tithing in the Bible.

Once upon a time these sort of wackos could easily be ignored because nobody was really paying attention to them, let alone electing them to public office. But since the rise of the tea party, these crazy people now have a voice. And if you doubt me, you don’t need to look any further than Jade Helm 15. You know, the military training exercise that enough people in the state thought was an elaborate plot by President Obama to invade Texas that Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the state’s guard to monitor the activity of the U.S. military.

That’s the harsh reality we’re facing nowadays in this country: those among us who used to be laughed at, mocked and ignored because they’re crazy, now have a voice and representation in our government – and it’s called the tea party.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • wendy

    I wonder how many people believe that fable besides children. Don’t think I want to know the answer though…lol

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      they don’t like to think for themselves. Loons like this guy take it all, hook, line and sinker and teach their children the same fantasies. These are scary times we live in.

  • Frank LaDonna

    Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and
    he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish

    There must be a separation of church and state.

    • Kosenator

      One of the principles of Christianity as it was before selling out to fame and fortune, is that each is to work to provide for his household. There is actually a command that those who refuse to work must not eat. So when being self-righteous in your judgement of religions, make sure you define which.

      • BHLaurie

        Please realize that many of the poor getting benefits for food are working, they are not being paid enough to afford food AND housing, transportation to work, insurance, heat and electric. Basics that took 10% of their pay 30 years ago now take 100% of the same paycheck. Very few of people eligible for benefits are refusing to work, they are being paid insufficient wages to live in this day and age.

    • Morgan

      GREAT quote!

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    If the Bible is the infallible word of God, then is must be true…..smh. And if it isn’t true, why in the world would anyone put stock in mythology. 600 years old….LOL

    • Michelle Rhoades

      The oldest Bible in existence is 1600 years-old. IMO that makes your opinion more valid.

    • Greg

      IF the Bible is infallible, then why do Christians eat pork and shellfish, wear clothing of two different fabrics, commit adultery, and think their poop doesn’t stink? Rarely have I met a valid Christian in my life, especially one who practices and lives the Bible in humility and grace.

  • joe sanford

    The ignorance in this country is frightening.

    • amersham46

      It is a growth industry,,,, and there is money to be made

  • DavidD

    I was never very good at school so I did construction, oil patch, water/wastewater work for most of my life.
    Also I built my own house and raised large gardens while many times working two jobs.
    One morning I woke up and couldn’t walk .I was in my late fifties. This is common among men of my class. We wear our bodies out doing hard useful work that greatly benefits society. We serve in the military like I did and when we crater out we have hell getting what we put aside and have to listen to people like this asshole who never broke a sweat except at a gym or did anything for anybody except for themselves advocate that we just go somewhere else and die.
    I don’t advocate violence and support the rule of law but there are a lot of angry people out there who did the right thing and now just get shit on by self entitled bastards like this guy.
    People are very angry about this situation and their patience is wearing thin.

    • QB59

      You are so right on all points, but the sad thing is, there are a lot of men and women who are just like you, in the same situation, who vote for assholes like this guy. They vote against their own self interest because they think that’s what Jesus would do. I will never understand that mentality.

      • DavidD

        I support Sanders . I support Sanders because he is honest and wants to push economic issues that are at the heart of the problems of wage earners or former wage earners like me.

      • Jen

        Thank you. I made a contribution to Sanders’ campaign just yesterday – it was a small amount, but if enough of us do that, I think he has a lot better chance at winning than many of those “on the hill” think.

  • Life’sABitch

    He makes the representative from Missoula, MT who tried to outlaw yoga pants and speedos look like a road scholar. How do these lunatics get elected???

  • PRIME79

    *head to desk repeatedly*

  • Kim Serrahn

    I guess he’d just like to see all the old and infirm totter off somewhere and die.

  • Erma

    Using God to cripple social welfare programs that help the old and the sick is the most disgusting and un-christian behavior imaginable. These fascists are repulsive.

  • Ted Reading