Bernie Sanders is Jewish by birth and upbringing but is hardly one today.
Born in New York to a Jewish father who immigrated from Poland and a US-born Jewish
mother, Bernie Sanders grew up attending a public elementary school in the
morning and a Hebrew school in the afternoon.
traditional for Jewish boys, Bernie Sanders celebrated his bar
mitzvah - the coming of age ceremony that marks the age of accountability
- on his 13th birthday.
During his early 20s, he traveled to Israel and even lived in a kibbutz - the Jewish
collective community - for a few months.
As his adulthood progressed, however,
Bernie Sanders drifted away from Judaism. At 47 years of age and 22 years after
his first marriage to a Jew ended in divorce, he married a Roman Catholic (see
Bernie Sanders Background).
What does Bernie Sanders believe today?
He recently declared during a speech at a Christian university:
"I am motivated by a vision which exists in all of
the great religions - in Christianity, in Judaism, in Islam, Buddhism and other
religions - and which is so beautifully and clearly stated in Matthew 7:12. And
it states: ‘So in everything, do to others what you
would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets.’"- Bernie Sanders, Liberty University, September 22, 2015
While he correctly quoted the words of Jesus (see
Jesus Resurrection Proof),
Bernie Sanders' assertion is unfounded. In sharp
contrast to Jesus' command above to treat all human beings fairly, Islam's Mohammed,
for example, commanded "infidels" - i.e.,
non-Muslims - to be killed and oppressed:
"Kill the infidels wherever you find them and
capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of
"I think everyone believes in God in their own way.
To me, it means that all of us are connected, all of life is connected, and that
we are all tied together."- Bernie Sanders, The
Washington Post, January 27, 2016