Bernie Sanders Rejects Theocracy, Defends Church State Separation ww.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2016/01/bernie-sanders-rejects-theocracy-defends-church-state-separation/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=progressivesecularhumanist_011016UTC010126_daily&utm_content=&spMailingID=50428883&spUserID=MTIxNzQwMzMwMDkyS0&spJobID=841316146&spReportId=ODQxMzE2MTQ2S0#sthash.Es1DSBgM.dpuf

Source: PATHEOS.com

Author: Michael Stone

Emphasis Mine

Rejecting the Republican dream of a Christian theocracy, Bernie Sanders tells supporters it is “dangerous for governments to get deeply involved with religion.”

Justin Scott, an Iowan who takes his politics seriously, asked the Democratic presidential candidate for his thoughts on politicians who “base a lot of their legislation on their religious beliefs” at a recent campaign event in Iowa.

Sanders answered:

Religious freedom in this country is part of our Constitution, and all of us agree with that. And you have many different religions, and people have the right, in this country, to practice the religion that they believe in.

But we also have a separation between religion and state. We know how dangerous it is, historically, for governments to get deeply involved with religion… Let’s not confuse and merge religion and state. That is not what our Founding Fathers wanted, and they were right.

Sanders is right. The attempt by today’s Republican party to “confuse and merge religion and state” is dangerous, un-American, and a repudiation of the secular values upon which this nation was founded.

This is not the first time the progressive candidate has championed secular values. Earlier this year, in an uplifting viral video supporting Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, the presidential hopeful declared:

The problems we face did not come down from the heavens. They are made, they are made by bad human decisions, and good human decisions can change them.

Sanders, the longest-serving Independent in Congressional history, is currently a U.S. Senator from Vermont, and a favorite among progressives looking for an alternative to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Sanders is a friend to freethinkers, and the enemy of conservative Christians. Religious News Service describes Sanders as “unabashedly irreligious” and “the anti-Bible thumper,” noting:

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.

Scoring a zero from Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition is a badge of honor, and should be a ringing endorsement to the ears of every humanist, every atheist,every freethinker.

Last fall, Speaking out for women and gays, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders condemned so-called Republican “family values.”

Sanders, appearing on ABC’s “The View,” said “We have a very right-wing extremist Republicans Party” before explaining what Republicans really mean when they speak of family values:

Look, when Republicans talk about family values, this is what they’re saying: Their family values is that no woman in America should have the right to control their body. Their family values are that if you’re gay, you should not have the right to marry. That’s their family values.

And speaking at the conservative Christian Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, a blunt and plainspoken Sanders stated:

The views that many at Liberty University have, and I have, on a number of important issues, are very, very different. I believe in women’s rights and the right of a woman to control her own body. I believe in gay rights and gay marriage. Those are my views and it is no secret.

Currently Sanders enjoys a loyal and vocal base of support, yet it is not clear if he has the votes to beat Hillary Clinton for the nomination. However, ABC is reporting that Sanders’ popularity is making the Clinton campaign “nervous.”

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