The intersection of faith and governance is an interesting one.
He understands that many are skeptical of faith, both because “religion [has] come to be so closely associated with right-wing politics” and because the Bible “has been used as a document, as a foundation, to justify discrimination.” The revered text is, to some, “the basis of intolerance, based on outdated teachings and moral codes and has been a source of pain and distance and discomfort for many.”
If Coons had left it at that, this would have been another in a long series of Washington speeches in which a politician tells his allies how much he agrees with them. But as “a practicing Christian and a devout Presbyterian,” Coons had a second message.
Early on, he quoted the very Bible others find offensive, noting that Jesus’s command in Matthew: 25 to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the imprisoned had “driven” him throughout his life.
A new friend sent me this. It’s a topic that’s been on my mind for a long time. I think there is a lot of hypocrisy on both sides of the isle and both sides of the religious spectrum. It’s refreshing to see a U.S. Senator willing to discuss the gray areas between harsh ideologies.