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Jesus Would Have Voted Democrat by Conor Gearty

Jesus Would Have Voted Democrat

by Conor Gearty


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This event took place at Chelsea Old Town Hall on 29 October 2012.

Remember the rich man and the eye of the needle? Blessed are the meek? The last shall be first? Jesus didn't hold much truck for wealth or power, nor was he exactly a supporter of family values. He didn't even encourage hard work ("Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin"). So you might easily conclude that like every other liberal Jesus would have voted Democrat.

Yet most God-fearing, church-going Americans vote Republican, the party associated with the rich and powerful. Is that because the Right fundamentally has the public good at heart? Tough love, after all, is still love, even if it means harsh treatment of the work-shy and feckless (or, as Romney knows them, the '47 percent').

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