What many haven’t picked up on is that a Sanders presidency would be a first in a couple other ways. First, Sanders would be our first Jewish president. And second, while Sanders is culturally Jewish, he has said that he’s “not particularly religious” and has been described by some as agnostic. Labels aside, what we do know is that he would be our first president who hasn’t publicly professed to a belief in God.
Asked during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show this week whether he believed in God, Sanders demurred.
“I am who I am,” Sanders said. “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.”