Bernie Sanders hasn’t focused his campaign on religion. It’s not unusual to see Presidential candidates assure the voters that they are Christians, or that they believe God called them to run for office. However, Sanders has been a visible exception to all of that.
Culturally Jewish, Sanders has said that he isn’t particularly religious. Though he is included onCelebrity Atheist List, he does not count himself a nonbeliever.
USA Today reported in September on a rare reference to his beliefs in Bernie’s campaign, when the Vermont Senator spoke about his concurrence with the Pope on income inequality.
“…my belief in God requires me to do all that I can to follow the ‘Golden Rule,’ to do unto others and as I would have them do unto me.”
However, his campaign has been notably devoid of religious references.
In fact, the Twitter account Sanders uses for his presidential campaign, which has been active since 2010, had, until yesterday, never tweeted the word ‘God.’ On Saturday, Sanders made his first reference to God, and, compared to many political declarations of what religious beliefs mean for America, it was a miracle of inclusion.
Bernie’s first and only campaign tweet about God is a declaration that it’s our duty to stick together and help each other.