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beam me up scottie

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15. 60 evil atheist heathens for Bernie!
Thu Mar 10, 2016, 06:27 AM
Mar 2016

It's really refreshing to finally have a candidate in the race who doesn't pander to bible thumpers!

Bernie Sanders Rejects Theocracy, Defends Church State Separation
January 9, 2016
by: Michael Stone

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 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.

More: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2016/01/bernie-sanders-rejects-theocracy-defends-church-state-separation/#sthash.c7iYfb7W.dpuf

This one is easy, peasy, lemon squeezy. Arugula Latte Feb 2016 #1
No shit, The Family would never allow Sanders anywhere near them Warpy Feb 2016 #3
Hillary's religious pandering doesn't disqualify her Cartoonist Feb 2016 #2
Same here Warpy Feb 2016 #4
+1 Mbrow Feb 2016 #5
Hillary's religious pandering doesn't disqualify her AlbertCat Feb 2016 #6
well, you asked two different questions RussBLib Feb 2016 #7
I thought about splitting it into four different options EvolveOrConvolve Feb 2016 #8
I'm supporting Sanders but I'm not comfortable with "best candidate for non-believers" Jim Lane Feb 2016 #9
Well I didn't vote as I don't vote (over there), but, mr blur Feb 2016 #10
Wow. 43-0-0 in favor of Bernie at the time of this post. deucemagnet Feb 2016 #11
WOW! PassingFair Feb 2016 #12
Kick PassingFair Mar 2016 #13
Kick... NeoGreen Mar 2016 #14
60 evil atheist heathens for Bernie! beam me up scottie Mar 2016 #15
When my daughter and I saw him speak, progressoid Mar 2016 #16
I love Bernie, I got to meet and vote for him in Vermont. beam me up scottie Mar 2016 #17
Along with about 1500 other people. progressoid Mar 2016 #18
Wow! beam me up scottie Mar 2016 #19
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