San Antonio Mayor Criticized For Saying Generational Poverty Is Caused By Broken Relationships With God

(Photo: Facebook) Mayor Ivy Taylor of San Antonio, Texas.

Unabashed Christian Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, Ivy Taylor, who is the current front runner in her race for reelection next month, has come under fire for blaming poverty on humankind’s broken relationship to their Creator.

The controversial comments on poverty, a video of which has since gone viral, come from an April 3 mayoral candidate forum. In the video where she appears with fellow mayoral candidate Councilman Ron Nirenberg, she is asked by Megan Legacy, director of SA Christian Resource Center: “What do you see as the deepest, systemic causes of generational poverty in San Antonio?”

“Oh God,” she responds with a wry chuckle at about the 1 hour 8-minute mark on the video. “I mean we could be here all afternoon talking about that.”

She then continued: “Well I mean, since you’re with the Christian Coalition I’ll go ahead and put it out there that to me it’s broken people … People not being in relationship with their Creator and therefore not being in good relationship with their families and their communities and not being productive members of society. So I mean I think that’s the ultimate answer.”

Taylor, who is a registered Democrat, further explained, however, that while that was her personal opinion, “That’s not something that I work on from my position as mayor of the community though I try to be an example.”

She then went on to list policy issues such as education and teenage pregnancy as among the causes of generational poverty.

“I am a born again Christian, a believer in Jesus Christ. I draw very heavily on that as far as the strength to do this job,” she also added later in the discussion highlighting Philippians 4:13 as a Scripture she leans on “on a daily basis.”

When some media reports highlighted that she blamed poverty on the lack of a relationship with God, she attracted much criticism on social media from critics.

“In short, the mayor responded by claiming generational poverty is caused by ‘broken people’ who don’t believe in God, essentially making the ludicrous claim that atheism causes poverty,” the Progressive Secular Humanist, a blogger at Patheos, wrote. “Adding insult to injury, she concluded her answer about poverty by claiming that the ‘deepest systemic cause of generational poverty’ is not part of her job description.”

Taylor argued in statement on Facebook that the “video clip” which is more than 1 hour long “is a dishonest, politically motivated misrepresentation of my record on combatting poverty. It was intentionally edited to mislead viewers.”

She also stood by her decision to discuss her faith in her response.


SOURCE: The Christian Post – Leonardo Blair