Bernie Sanders: ‘I’m not actively involved with any organized religion’

Sanders, who could very well become the nation’s first Jewish president, was asked in a recent interview with the Washington Post about his religious beliefs and Jewish upbringing.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that he generally believes in God, but “not actively involved with organized religion.”

Sanders, who could very well become the nation’s first Jewish president, was asked in a recent interview with the Washington Post about his religious beliefs and Jewish upbringing.

“I think everyone believes in God in their own ways, “ Sanders said. “To me, it means that all of us are connected, all of life is connected, and that we are all tied together.”

Sanders answer falls in line with what he said on the Jimmy Kimmel Live this past October.

“Well, you know, I am who I am. And what I believe in and what my spirituality is about is that we’re all in this together,” Sanders told Kimmel. “That I think it is not a good thing to believe that, as human beings, we can turn our backs on the suffering of other people.”

According to Patheos, Sanders could have said religion shouldn’t matter when it comes to politics, but it does. That’s just the reality of it. People care. So a response that doesn’t belittle anyone’s beliefs, but instead points to what we all have in common, makes for a powerful answer.

The Vermont sentor’s chief rival on the other hand is a staunch Methodist and she has recently highlighted the stark contrast between her more traditional approach and that of Sanders.

“I am a person of faith. I am a Christian,” Clinton said. “I am a Methodist. I have been raised Methodist. I feel very grateful for the instructions and support that I have received starting in my family but through my church.”

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    Barbara Abu-Odeh

    January 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    i trust him more because of this

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    David G

    January 27, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Methodists are only Baptists who can read…

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    Tiffani Davis

    January 28, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Me and my friends feel that we trust him more because of his answer. Go Bernie!

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    January 28, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I hope America is ready for a realist, the thought that some White man that loves and hates you, you can never be good enough, etc etc is not for me. I dont have the answer to the question, What is Life? Nor do I need it. Go Bernie

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    Betsey Riedl

    January 28, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Sorry Hillary. The only Methodists I know are super controlling whack jobs. And any candidate who touts their religion, especially a christian one has forgotten that we don’t live in a christian nation. You make me wish I could vote twice for Sanders.

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    January 29, 2016 at 1:12 am

    So why does he call himself than a jew in the first place? Although his modesty might sound nice but the entire external world view on a jewish-US president is really something you should not risk to have while the US must retire from global corporate war games and take care of its own people.

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    January 29, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    @ horstgludwig … One can culturally be a Jew or any other religion without attending religious services.

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    January 29, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    this is sick, nobody can be “culturally” a jew, you are one or you are not. Learn more about that religion and the way it is structured and than you might even understand why that religious caste got always problems sooner or later. What you could do instead is seperating torah jews from zionistic jews and call Sanders a light-jew but the problem is not Sanders but what his “community” of jews are going to ask him to do, and if not, well……use your mind a little bit to even understand concerns. Most Sanders representing from intellectual point of view is attractive, right and defnetely is he much more brighter than Clinton, Trump and the rest of the club. And yet, the USA can not risk one more mistake with that corrupt system builded around congress and White House. Not one. Hear my words and remember this, even if I ask you not to talk before thinking all through. You need a president and lead structure free of religious and greed capital minded people and less nationalists because all that circus got nothing to do with the functionality of administration. Not paying attention to this brought the US where it is now, and, by the way, the US is full of evolved beings capable and desirable for leadership but folks keep running like stupid for those best scandalizing and shouting. That capital-democracy is finished either by smart voters or by internal violence.

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    Ishmael Abraham

    January 30, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Organized political religion of Zionism: He is a Jew and Jew was originally a religious identity. http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/640221/jewish/What-is-the-Meaning-of-the-Name-Jew.htm Now being Jew is an organized political religion called Zionism which mostly supports the creation of Jewish occupation in Muslim majority holy land. {“Sen. Sanders has consistently defended Israel’s right to exist and thrive since his first days in office,” Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said in a statement. “He’s voted in favor of legislation that strengthens Israel economically, militarily and at the United Nations..} Muslims lived in Spain in the past, does that mean Muslims are justified today like Israel to attack Spain to conquer it.

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    January 31, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Well you back my opinion with your post, I do not trust Sanders nor any other mainstream f—er in the US, Britain, France or wherever cowards not attacking the spine in our flesh of civilization.

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