Sen. Bernie Sanders: Merging Church and State “Is Not What Our Founding Fathers Wanted” January 9, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Merging Church and State “Is Not What Our Founding Fathers Wanted”

Reader Justin Scott, an Iowan who takes his politics seriously, has been going to meet-and-greets with a number of candidates to ask why atheists should consider supporting them.

During an event with Sen. Bernie Sanders yesterday, Justin asked him for his thoughts on politicians who “base a lot of their legislation on their religious beliefs.”

Sanders, who was under the weather, expressed his support for church/state separation (as you’d expect):

Sanders

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.

Somewhere, Christian pseudo-historian David Barton is making up a Founding Father quotation to rebut that.

Be sure to read about Justin’s other exchanges with Sen. Rick Santorum, Governor Chris Christie, and Sen. Ted Cruz.

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