Filmmaker Michael Moore claims Clinton’s Christianity makes her a socialist.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews on Wednesday, Moore praised Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by arguing that for Clinton being a Christian is the “same thing” as being a socialist.
Moore, a liberal activist who says he voted for self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders for president in the Democratic primary, defended his decision to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election while appearing on the MSNBC program.
Explaining why he was supporting Clinton, Moore said:
You don’t understand what’s going to happen after 2016. These young people, these 18- to 35-year-olds — remember there’s 3 million more 18-year-old voters every single year — so by the next election that’s 12 million more of them,” Moore said. “They favor socialism over capitalism.
Matthews interrupted, declaring:
Hillary’s not a socialist.
Well, she’s a Christian, so it’s the same thing.
It’s all about making sure everyone has a seat at the table and the pie is divided so that everybody gets a slice. Isn’t that what Christianity is? That’s what she’s about.
Moore is wrong if he thinks being a Christian in America is the “same thing” as being a socialist. Clearly many if not most American Christians are adamantly not socialists, and conservative Christians in particular reject anything like socialism.
But then again, many American Christians, conservative Christians in particular, completely ignore Christ’s teachings concerning the poor, and completely ignore Christ’s explicit repudiation of personal wealth.
In addition, there is a long tradition of Christian socialism, and, in fact, for many scholars the most plausible interpretation of Christ’s teachings as delivered in the Gospels is a kind of socialism.
So Moore is not wrong to claim that in theory Christianity should imply socialism, but in practice this is clearly not the case.
As for Clinton, it remains to be seen how or if her Christianity will impact her policies and practices if elected president.
Watch the video below. Relevant portion begins around the 2:45 mark: