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Jesus Was A Socialist

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Jesus was a socialist. His radical ideas have influenced many critics of capitalism, including Pope Francis. As Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign gained momentum, the word “socialism” generated lots of media attention as Sanders described himself as a “democratic socialist.”  He said that the U.S. should learn from Sweden, Norway and Denmark — countries with greater equality, a higher standard of living for working families, better schools, free universities, less poverty, a cleaner environment, higher voter turnout, stronger unions and universal health insurance. Forbes  magazine ranked Denmark as the #1 country for business, with U.S. ranking #18. Francis Bellamy (1855-1931), an American Baptist minister, was a leading Christian socialist who wrote the  “Pledge of Allegiance,” which he wrote in 1892 (and which did not include the words, “under God.”)  

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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