Bernie Sanders answered the "Do you believe in God?" question better than any politician of any party in recent times ever has.
Bernie Sanders is defying all the odds.
Pollsters will tell you that Americans today are less likely to vote for a president who is part of the "Washington establishment," they are less likely to vote for a president who is a socialist (only 47% say they will), an atheist (only 58% will), or a Muslim (60%). Gay, lesbian (74%) and Evangelical Christians (73%) are viewed about the same.
So less than half of Americans in theory, probably, are less likely to vote for Bernie Sanders, regardless of how "socialist" or "democratic socialist" is defined, and yet he my have proven the pollsters wrong, or so it seems so far, given his popularity.
But Sanders just opened himself up to another "strike," possibly: atheist. Or, rather, atheist?
On "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night, Sanders was explaining his popularity and why he is electable.
When Republicans win, Sanders told Kimmel, "voter turnout is very low." He predicted that if he becomes the Democratic nominee, voter turnout will be "way up."
But he also said, "when Republicans win – God forbid," which opened the door for a question from Kimmel.
"You say you’re culturally Jewish, you don’t feel religious," Kimmel told Sanders. "Do you believe in God, and do you think that’s important to the people of the United States?"
Sanders didn't skip a beat. In fact, he didn't even let Kimmel finish the question before jumping in.
"Well, you know, I am who I am," he replied. "And what I believe in and what my spirituality is about is that we’re all in this together. That I think it is not a good thing to believe that, as human beings, we can turn our backs on the suffering of other people," he continued, as the crowd applauded and cheered so loudly he had to pause.
"And you know, this is not Judaism. This is what Pope Francis is talking about, that we cannot worship just billionaires and the making of more and more money. Life is more than that."
Sanders went on to talk about "massive wealth and inequality," pointing out that America has "the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on earth," he said. "We are the only major country on earth that doesn't guarantee healthcare to all people as a right. We are the only country that doesn't have paid family and medical leave," he continued.
"So essentially I think we do best as human beings, we fulfill our lives, when we work together, rather than say, 'Hey, I want it all, and I don't care about the hungry kid down the street.' I don't think that's what America should be about."
Conservative Christians should take notes.