Pastor Mark Burns declared that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont "doesn't believe in God" before a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, on March 14 (video below).
"It's horrible, and Bernie Sanders, who doesn't believe in God. How in the world are we gonna let Bernie, I mean, really? (laughs) Listen, Bernie gotta get saved. He gotta meet Jesus, I don't know, He gotta have a coming to Jesus’ meeting. Send him to Europe? (laughs) Well, we're not a socialist country, we're a democratic country and we believe in small business and we believe in small government, and we believe in big states, and local rights."
The Friendly Atheist notes that Sanders is Jewish, and has never said that he is an atheist.
According to his website, Sanders says, "Democratic socialism means that we must create an economy that works for all, not just the very wealthy."
"Democratic socialism means that we must reform a political system in America today which is not only grossly unfair but, in many respects, corrupt."
Sanders discussed the violence at Trump rallies during a CNN town hall meeting on March 13, notes Mediaite.com:
"I hate to say this because I really don't like to disparage public officials. but Trump is a pathological lair. We have never, our campaign does not believe in and never will encourage anybody to disrupt anything.
"We have millions of supporters, and people do what they do, and people have the right to protest. I happen not to believe that people should disrupt anybody’s meetings, but let me say something about Mr. Trump.
"Some of you may have read just a few hours ago that Mr. Trump said that he is prepared to pay the legal costs of an individual who sucker-punched somebody at a recent event.
"He is going to pay the legal fees of somebody who committed a terrible act of violence. What that means is that Donald Trump is literally inciting violence with his supporters. He is saying if you go out to beat somebody up, that's okay, I’ll pay the legal fees.
"That is an outrage and I would hope that Mr. Trump tones it down big time and tells his supporters that violence is not acceptable in the American political process."