In one of the strangest pairings since Oscar Madison and Felix Unger, Sen. [score]Bernard Sanders[/score] and Pope Francis seem to have come to a meeting of the minds.
Vatican sources confirmed over the weekend that Sanders met with the Pope recently before Francis left Greece.
A meeting with the pope is a highly unusual event for most presidents, much less presidential candidates. It’s made even stranger in this case by the recognition that the pope is the head of the largest Christian church in the world, while Bernie is a “non-practicing Jew,” who many people believe to be an atheist.
Sanders himself has lately answered that he believes in God, “in his own way,” according to the Christian Post.
But as recently as a few months ago, Sanders was still playing cagey about just what he believed.
As the Huffing-and-Puffington Post put it:
“But when Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist raised by Jewish parents in New York, explains exactly what that means, it becomes clear that his views set him apart from the rest of the presidential field. So much so that some nonbelievers feel the Democratic candidate adheres to principles that are as secular as they are religious, if not more so.”
Sanders told the Washington Post, “I think everyone believes in God in their own ways. To me, it means that all of us are connected, all of life is connected, and that we are all tied together.”
In a Jimmy Kimmel interview, he had this to say:
“I am who I am 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. 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.”
That sounds like a dodge and closer to secular humanism, specifically of the Marxist variety — which should be no surprise coming from the openly socialist Sanders.
Watch the Kimmel interview closely. When Kimmel actually asks the question, “Do you believe in God?” there is a moment where Sanders utters one word under his breath while the interviewer is still talking. It’s unclear, but it could be a “no,” and some people have interpreted it that way.
From a religious viewpoint, the pairing of Pope Francis and Sanders doesn’t seem to work, yet by all accounts they share many viewpoints on economics, “social justice” and even climate change.
It only makes sense when you realize the meeting place for these two celebrated minds, Francis and Sanders, is not religion but the ivory tower of Marxism. From that confused vantage point, it’s easy to see Karl Marx’s claims about concerns for the oppressed as compatible with Jesus’ admonitions to his followers to help their fellow man and to view everyone as a brother or sister in his name.
But it’s a fool’s view, which is what is so confounding about Francis’ devotion to the ideals of Marxism. As an educated man, he surely knows that Marxism is not about charity but about legalized theft and an authoritarian culture in which government replaces God as moral authority. Marxism always — always — takes away individuals’ right to determine how to practice charity and employs a hypocritical collectivist morality backed up by threats, of legal, political or physical force. Marxism wages a good PR campaign about poverty and suffering of the oppressed, but all it ever accomplishes once in power is to increase the misery of society.
And as an educated man, Francis surely knows that one of the first tenets of Marxism is to destroy belief in God. Marx himself said so quite clearly, and it’s a necessary step because Marxism’s biggest selling point is the notion that it is possible for humans on their own to create a paradise — not an idea that’s really compatible with the ideas of original sin and the necessity of Christ’s sacrifice.
Bernie seems to get it. He seems more honest than most politicians — he alone had the courage to admit he is a socialist — but he’s hedging on the religion question because he thinks that admitting his atheism openly could hurt his chances. (It’s doubtful anything would faze his zombie hordes.)
The pope, on the other hand. …
A lot of people would like to think Francis is simply naive in regards to Marxism, but that doesn’t seem like a tenable view.
The alternative is that he knows exactly what he’s doing and is willingly choosing to serve Marx rather than God.
That realization alone is enough to keep you up at night, not to mention fueling dozens of conspiracy theories.
The first and last line of defense against Marxism has always been faith in God, but official efforts in recent decades have been aimed at purging God from all public forums — primarily focusing on government, education and entertainment.
It’s only by renewing our faith in God that America will get itself off the ropes and back on its feet again.