Bernie Sanders Shows How Religious Ignorance Breeds Progressive Intolerance

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Rob Fall's picture

a blind leader of the blind.

Hoping to shed more light than heat..

TylerR's picture


Here is an article from HuffPost. It is what you'd expect from that publication. Behold this excerpt:

In the first place, it is Vought, not Sanders who has used a religious test to support the firing of a tenured professor. His demonstrated intolerance is a disturbing trait for someone in public service. Vought may claim that all are “worthy of dignity and respect regardless of their religious beliefs”, but when it came to Professor Hawkins, a fellow Christian, Vought behaved quite differently, precisely because her description of her faith did not comport with his narrow interpretation of Christian theology.

It is more important than ever that normal Chrisians actually be able to explain express, and live out a coherent Christian worldview. These people don't understand Christianity, and their children don't either. The Christian "gloss" has left our society. That means Christians have to do more work to lay a foundation for the Gospel to even make sense (e.g. Acts 17).

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Steve Davis's picture

Per the Huffington Post - if someone can't see the difference between a religious test for a religious school and a religious test for a government official in violation of the Constitution I don't know what to say except darkened in their intelligence. And maybe "Duh!"

Bert Perry's picture

Having visited East Berlin just before the wall fell in 1989, it simply boggles the mind that someone could visit the USSR, as Sanders did for his honeymoon, without figuring out that something was horribly, horribly wrong with socialism and Communism.  If memory serves, he's also the same guy who got kicked out of a hippie commune for laziness, which quite frankly takes some doing.  So Sanders is simply continuing a lifelong pattern of cluelessness, aided and abetted by his voters.

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KD Merrill's picture

...make excellent student assembly speakers at Christian colleges, so I've heard.

Bert Perry's picture

KD, you signing Bernie up for commencement speaker at BJU or something?  :^)

Or pointing out that maybe, just maybe, we ought to be careful about throwing stones here?

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Joeb's picture

Hey it's easy to judge when your in the Christian Right big time, but a lot of millennials and millennial believers like Bernie Sanders.  Same millennials that are deserting Fundy/Evangelical churches.  So the question in other threads has been why are all our young Pastors leaving Fundamentalism. Do you think there is a connection. 

Hey for all you guys and gals out there the White Males are dying out.  The future electorate in our country is going to be mixed raced millennials. Every year us dumb white males are dying out.  So in 20 or 30 years are all the traditional Fundy/Evangelical Churches are going to be predominately a bunch of Gray Heads.

Guys and gals if you have not noticed the rural areas in Ohio and other midwestern and Southern states are dying economically. This area has always been seen as an area of strength for the  Fundy/Evangelical churches in my opinion.   It's now becoming the new intercity with herion use and overdoses sky rocketing.  The whites are the ones on the dole now. The jobs are moving back to the big cities.  If you buy into Trump bringing all the coal jobs back and bolting on bumpers for 80 gs a year in east Indiana your dreaming. The economy is moving back to the urban areas and not all urban areas and robots are replacing more and more people.  

In Kansas their was a total revolt against the Tea Party Christian Right Govenor Brownbeck.  The Republicans and the Democrats over rode his veto and reinstated the taxes.  The trickle down economics was a total failure in Kansas which I would consider one of the hearts of the Christian Right. 

So I would not be so judgmental of the people who maybe independents and believers and support Bernie Sanders.  Personally I think he is nuts to and selling a bad bill of goods ie free college and total student loan forgiveness.  My brother recently said if they get forgiveness he wants the money he paid for Student loans. 

Bernie Sanders may not understand or know Christianity but he sure got a good example by the FRC and the Christian Right ie Duggers and Gothard.  That's how they see all Christians.  Legalistic Hypocritical Sex Obsessed Buffons.  So Christian Right has repeatedly shown  how stupid Christians can be ie Liberty hiring the former Baylor Athletic Director who along with the Ken Starr turned a blind eye while the Baylor football team drugged and ganged raped girls.  By the way Ken Starr now thinks the Clintons are wonderful people.    

KD Merrill's picture

Bert, my contribution is best understood in the context of the only other Bernie Sanders thread.  I made the mistake of objecting to Bernie's address at the bastion of fundamentalism known as Liberty University.  Apparently, I didn't realize how important it is to allow false teachers of all stripes to address impressionable young people.

Bert Perry's picture

:^)  Seriously, I think what Liberty did was to invite Trump (another false teacher IMO), so they had to have Bernie there, too, if I remember correctly.  Thanks for the clarification/reminder.

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