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.”
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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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