Jesus Would Have Voted Democrat

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Host: Intelligence Squared
Location: Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, London, SW3 5EE
Speaker: Conor Gearty, James Boys, Sir Christopher Meyer, Tim Montgomerie & Giles Fraser

How would Jesus have voted? As President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney get ready for the second presidential debate tonight, millions of undecided American voters may be asking themselves that question.  

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’).

 

You may not be able to take part in the presidential elections, but if you come to Chelsea Old Town Hall on Monday 29 October you’ll have your chance to hear our experts and vote in our ballot.

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