It’s a lesson I learned a long time ago. When the New York Times and other East Coast publications say they’re quoting Scriptures (especially Christian Scriptures), trust, but verify.
Maureen Dowd, the acid-tongued New York Times columnist clobbered Democrat Bart Stupak, who had downplayed the influence of the nation’s nuns when it comes to abortion and health care legislation. Then Dowd spoke approvingly of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, who has sided with the nuns on the health care bill:
As Bob Casey, an abortion opponent who helped negotiate the abortion language in the Senate bill, observed, quoting Scripture: ‘They care for ‘the least, the last and the lost.’ And they know health care.”
Q. So where, precisely can one find ‘the least, the last and the lost’ in the Bible?
A. You can’t find the phrase in the Bible. However, it does appear in a book titled (and I’m not making this up) The Bible and the New York Times.