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Bernie Sanders Is the Candidate of Nonbelievers

Rich Lowry, National Review

Bernie’s religion or lack of it has barely made a ripple or even occasioned any comment. Presidential religiosity has advantages. Bill Clinton used it to signal to otherwise politically hostile parts of the county that he understood their values. It fortified George W. Bush under incredible pressure during the War on Terror. Barack Obama tapped the rhetorical power of church oratory. The Sanders phenomenon is another indication of the weakening of American exceptionalism. Social scientist Seymour Martin Lipset wrote that American religiosity underlined its resistance to socialism. If he captures the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders will test how much either still matters or applies.