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Bernie Sanders: Unabashedly Irreligious

 
 
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Five Faith Facts About Bernie Sanders: Unabashedly Irreligious

WASHINGTON (RNS) Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a self-identified socialist
who’s perhaps the most left-leaning member of Congress, is expected to announce this week that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president. Sanders, 73, was born to Jewish parents and identifies as Jewish — though culturally, not religiously. Most political observers call him a super long shot for the nomination, but he will appeal to Democratic voters who admire his constant exhortations against the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots.

Sanders has called for free higher education for all Americans, publicly funded elections and a $1 trillion program to restore the nation’s bridges and roads.

Sanders has one grown son, Levi, from his first marriage, and three grown stepchildren from his current marriage to Jane O’Meara Sanders, the former president of Vermont’s Burlington College. Raised Catholic, she said in a 1996 interview with the Burlington Free Press that she still practices Catholicism “in my own way.”

1. He is the anti-Bible thumper.

Sanders is the presidential contender most willing to dissociate himself from religion. Though he identifies as Jewish and by Jewish law is Jewish, he has freely acknowledged that he is not a religious person. He scored a solid zero from Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition in its most recent scorecard and a 100 from the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America.

2. He grew up in a world of liberal Jewish activism.

Brooklyn-raised Sanders was born to a Polish Jewish immigrant father whose family was mostly wiped out during the Holocaust, and a mother who was the daughter of Polish Jewish immigrants, according to a 2007 New York Times profile. Sanders’ version of socialism is rooted in 20th-century Jewish-American leftist politics, which organized for better working conditions and wages, equality for women, and civil rights for African-Americans, among other causes.

3. He spent time in the Holy Land.

After he graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964, Sanders spent several months in Israel on a kibbutz, an agricultural collective and one of the Jewish state’s experiments with socialism.

4. He is a fan of Pope Francis.

As far as religious influences go, Sanders said he finds himself “very close to the teachings of Pope Francis,” and he described the pope as “incredibly smart and brave,” according to USA Today.

5. He’ll stand up for Israel.

While he has voiced criticism of the Jewish state and boycotted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent speech to Congress, Sanders has also stood up to constituents who vilify Israel and defend Hamas, the U.S.-designated terrorist group that calls for the destruction of Israel.

L.M. Follow
4/29/15

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maxdancona
 
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Reply Sun 9 Aug, 2015 11:22 am
@Miller,
Wow Miller! I didn't expect you would be a Bernie fan.
Miller
 
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Reply Sun 9 Aug, 2015 11:30 am
@maxdancona,
Don't worry, I'm not. I'm for Mrs. Clinton now and forever!
maxdancona
 
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Reply Sun 9 Aug, 2015 11:59 am
@Miller,
It is going to be fun to see the Clinton campaign try to attack a Jew for being anti-Israel.
Foofie
 
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Reply Sun 9 Aug, 2015 07:16 pm
@Miller,
Miller wrote:

Don't worry, I'm not. I'm for Mrs. Clinton now and forever!


Based on what accomplishments?
Foofie
 
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Reply Sun 9 Aug, 2015 07:22 pm
@maxdancona,
maxdancona wrote:

It is going to be fun to see the Clinton campaign try to attack a Jew for being anti-Israel.



He is married to a shiksa. Nothing wrong with that, but to many a Jew, secular or religious, that is tantamount to leaving the proverbial tribe.

As I believe I observed in corporate America, a Jew that has intermarried is more amenable to the Gentile workers, as a boss, since he/she is then considered something like a Gentile novitiate. Get it?

Now if he also has a Christmas tree in December, he might be completely deodorized, so to speak, to the Gentile voting public.
maxdancona
 
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Reply Sun 9 Aug, 2015 07:52 pm
@Foofie,
Do you realize, Foofie, that you have a very narrow view of what it means to be Jewish?
Miller
 
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2015 08:38 am
@Foofie,
You have to ask?
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Miller
 
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2015 08:40 am
@maxdancona,
maxdancona wrote:

Do you realize, Foofie, that you have a very narrow view of what it means to be Jewish?



How so?
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Miller
 
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2015 08:54 am
@Foofie,
Foofie wrote:


He is married to a shiksa. Nothing wrong with that, but to many a Jew, secular or religious, that is tantamount to leaving the proverbial tribe.



Sanders is married to an Irish woman, who claims to be a Catholic, but as she says, a Catholic in her own right. Whatever that means.

So who married the couple? A Jesuit?
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Foofie
 
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2015 11:05 am
@maxdancona,
maxdancona wrote:

Do you realize, Foofie, that you have a very narrow view of what it means to be Jewish?



Do you mean that only those Jews born and raised in the five boros of NYC are authentic Jews? In the military I did meet Jews born and raised in different western states, and they did not seem Jewish, as I've known Jews on the east coast. They were sort of assimilated to the point that I did not think that they were Jewish. I think that might be because they did not seem to have the east coast Jewish capacity to see humor in the absurd. By that reasoning, I met more than one non-Jew, even midwesterners, that did have that capacity. In fact, the individual with the most New York sense of humor (of the absurd), in my opinion, was a midwestern WASP. Plus, his intelligence was every Jewish mother's dream of a smart son.

In truth, I sort of seem to see everyone as Jewishish that is on the right side of the bellcurve. That could become a new Jewish neurosis - being in denial of who is not Jewish.
Miller
 
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2015 11:30 am
@Foofie,
A midwestern WASP? Probably one, who poped out of an affluent Chicago suburb.

Not my kind of lover, however.
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2015 11:44 am
@Foofie,
Bernie Sanders is Jewish.
Foofie
 
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2015 05:11 pm
@maxdancona,
maxdancona wrote:

Bernie Sanders is Jewish.


And therefore...?
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Miller
 
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Reply Tue 11 Aug, 2015 12:35 pm
@maxdancona,
maxdancona wrote:

Bernie Sanders is Jewish.


What about Miller and Foofie?
Foofie
 
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Reply Wed 12 Aug, 2015 01:03 pm
@Miller,
Miller wrote:

maxdancona wrote:

Bernie Sanders is Jewish.


What about Miller and Foofie?


Foofie is from a long line of Levites. My Jewishness is secondary to my tribal affiliation. How many people are concerned about Bernie's tribe? The question for Bernie is whether he is a Levite, Koan, or Israelite. Who really knows the Israelites are those that got sold into slavery. Oy. This is why discussing Jewishness with Gentiles is so frustrating.

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