Bernie Sanders makes shallow, utterly predictable pitch at Liberty U.

Bernie Sanders makes shallow, utterly predictable pitch at Liberty U.

[Ed. – Poor Slate seems to think it might be something the Christian students haven’t heard before.]

“When we talk about morality, and when we talk about justice, we have to—in my view—understand that there is no justice when so few have so much and so many have so little. There is no justice—and I want you to hear this clearly—when the top one tenth of one percent today in America owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. In your hearts you will have to determine the morality of that and the justice of that.”

Sanders’ visit to the university’s weekly convocation promised to be a stark departure from the usual scripted, play-to-your-base rhythm of traditional campaign events—and it did not disappoint. The morning began with Sanders, a 73-year-old non-observant Jew, standing awkwardly on stage as a Christian rock band belted out a song about Jesus, and ended with Sanders looking on as the students sat in silent prayer. In between, he read passages from the bible (Matthew 7:12, aka the Golden rule; and Amos 5:24, “But let justice roll down like waters…”), and quoted Pope Francis comparing capitalist greed to idolatry of the golden calf to make his political case to a crowd that was polite but clearly skeptical. “I want all of you, if you would, to put this in the context of the Bible, not me,” Sanders said. …

He opened his speech by acknowledging the obvious areas of disagreement between himself and the religious conservatives in the crowd. “I believe in women’s rights, and the right of the women to control her own body,” he said, drawing only scattered applause from students who are required by the school to attend such weekly meetings. “I believe in gay rights and gay marriage. Those are my views and it is no secret.”

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