Last Monday, Bernie Sanders spoke to a crowd at the largest Christian evangelical school in the world. While his honest speech and the reciprocating respect of the Liberty University students highlighted the great need for civil public discourse in both our schools and our politics, his remarks also revealed a deeper problem in both American politics and society at large: the practice of selective justice.
Quoting Scripture to the crowd, Sanders reflected that Biblical justice means “treating others the way we want to be treated, treating all people, no matter their race, their color, their stature in life, with respect and with dignity.” Due to the great income inequality in American today, however, he said that “it would be hard to make the case that we are a just society, or anything resembling a just society today.”
Regardless of the economics behind income inequality or the feasibility of his proposals to eradicate the income gap, Sanders is concerned with the poorest among us, and he cited his agreement with Pope Francis to prove it.
“The current financial crisis originated in a profound human crisis, the denial of the primacy of the human person,” he quoted the Pope.
News sources have also applauded Sanders for not “shying away” from the greatest divide between his views and that of his conservative Christian audience.
“I believe in women’s rights and the right of a women to control her own body. I believe in gay rights and gay marriage,” he said. Continue Reading