On Wednesday, during a confirmation hearing for an Office of Management and Budget nominee, Sanders was clearly trying to impose a religious test on a President Trump Administration nominee. He clearly lacks understanding of the Constitution and its prohibition against a religious test for public office.
Sanders interrogated the nominee Russell Vought by directly asking about his Christian faith. He questioned a line he took from a blog post Vought wrote back in January 2016. (It sounded like an SS inquisition).
Sen. Sanders stated the following question to Vought:
“You wrote, ‘Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ, His Son, and they stand condemned.’ Do you believe that that statement is Islamophobic?”
Vought replied: “Absolutely not, senator. I’m a Christian, and I believe in a Christian set of principles based on my faith,” Vought replied. “That post, as I stated in the questionnaire to this committee, was to defend my alma mater, Wheaton College, a Christian school that has a statement of faith that includes the centrality of Jesus Christ for salvation, and …”
Sanders: “Do you believe people in the Muslim religion stand condemned? Is that your view?”
Sanders: (Shouting) “I understand you are a Christian, but this country are made of people who are not just — I understand that Christianity is the majority religion, but there are other people of different religions in this country and around the world. In your judgment, do you think that people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?”
Vought: “As a Christian, I believe that all individuals are made in the image of God and are worthy of dignity and respect regardless of their religious beliefs. I believe that as a Christian that’s how I should treat all individuals.”
Sanders: “I would simply say, Mr. Chairman, that this nominee is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.”
So, essentially, Sanders said he would be voting against confirming Vought for the nomination. Sanders is stating that anyone who believes there is only one way to salvation are not fit to serve in pubic office. Sanders, while trying to destroy Vought during the interrogation, EXPOSED himself for having disrespect for our Constitution and OUR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. The fact that Vought wrote in the past about his beliefs should have no bearing on whether he is an acceptable nominee to working the Office of Management and Budget, or any other public office in this country.
Sanders showed his total opposition to Christianity which is VERY CONCERNING to all who believe in OUR CONSTITUTION and our heritage of RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.
I believe Senators should have a refresher on the Constitution and Religious Freedom and every year.
Source: Conservative Tribune