Bernie Sanders gives stunning answer to CNN’s question of his faith.
Voters, a few days prior to the Democratic primary in South Carolina, asked a series of questions to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The venue was the CNN Town Hall in Columbia's state capital. In the middle of all the talk concerning Wall Street, Donald Trump, Republican obstructionism and racism, someone asked Bernie Sanders his “spirituality.”
The question was a trap. It was well known that Americans generally voted for presidents who termed themselves Christian. History says so. The country did not have a single non-Christian president from the time of Thomas Jefferson. It is therefore inconceivable that a person who does not highlight his Jewish religion can be a president.
Sanders' reply was to the point and extremely effective. He tied spirituality to the long running battle against inequality through a poignant speech. He spoke about importance of caring towards others.
He said that every religion in this world, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam among others, filters down to treat others as you would like the others to treat you. He said that he believed in this maxim when he was a young 22 year old political activist getting arrested by the police in Chicago for opposing segregation to believing it in his whole life.
Bernie even choked up when he continued to say that he and the audience are in this world together. According to him, the truth is that when any person, or that person's children is hurt, Sanders is hurt too, Conversely, when Sanders' children is hurt, every other person in the world is hurt too. He added that it is easy to ignore hungry kids or homeless veterans and create a selfish psychology where the only one important is oneself and one who is always trying to acquire more and more wealth.
Personally, I was disappointed @BernieSanders gave the atheist answer last night when asked about his faith. Im sure some liked it, not me.
— Havoc (@jeanhavoc22) February 24, 2016
I've never heard a candidate talk about religion in a non eye rolling way before this. https://t.co/lpXiJljxD7
— Gladstone (@WGladstone) February 24, 2016
Sanders did not stop there. He described human nature is that everybody in a room impacts every other person well in a number of ways that remains incomprehensible to many. It goes beyond intellect and is an emotional and spiritual matter. He said that when the right thing is done, when people are treated with dignity and respect, then people can be described as more human than the person who is a materialistic consumer. Sanders concluded his response by saying that such a belief is his religion. He added that he believes that a majority of people around the globe, regardless of their color and their religion, share this belief.