Jimmy Carter Quote Hoax: Tax Dollars to Help Poor, ‘Country Based on Christian Values’ is Fake

February 28, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Former President Jimmy Carter never was quoted as saying that U.S. tax dollars should help the poor or “stop saying that you want a country based on Christian values.”

“If you don’t want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying that you want a country based on Christian values. Because you don’t!” the full quote reads.

The quote was inserted on top of a photo of Carter and was being shared this week.

According to hoax-debunking website Snopes, the quote actually was from comedian John Fugelsang.

“Fincher and the GOP … cut services for the poor and taxes for the rich. And it’s a free country. They’re allowed. But if you don’t want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying you want a country based on Christian values. Because you don’t. And that’s why representative Fincher is our ‘revoltingly fake Christian of the week’!” he said on a Current TV show in May 2013.

Fugelsang added: “So during a recent House agricultural committee debate, he decided to show how Christian it is to turn your back on unemployed suffering Americans by quoting one of the favorite Bible passages of revoltingly fake right-wing Christians — 2 Thessalonians 3:10 — “anyone unwilling to work should not eat.” 

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