"It would be hard to make the case that we are a just society or anything resembling a just society today . . . . In the United States of America today, there is massive injustice in terms of income and wealth inequality. Injustice is rampant." According to Sanders this injustice stands in contrast to the ethics preached at the Sermon on the Mount.
Sanders acknowledged that he disagrees with America's religious right on a number of issues including LGBT rights and abortion. But, argued Sanders, there is common ground to be had on the topic of fiscal ethics.
This is a fascinating move on the part of Bernie Sanders. While the Jesus tradition fails to address marriage equality or abortion directly, it is rife with direct references to fiscal ethics. Indeed care for the poor is one of Jesus' most celebrated talking points. Sanders also pointed to Pope Francis as he preached against the "idolatry" of money. Such appeals challenge the conceptual darling of the Tea Party by setting the topic in conversation with Jesus.
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