Bernie Sanders assaults Trump nominee for following teaches of Christ4 months, 3 days ago
First they came for the wedding planners and the bakers. Then they came for the Catholic farmers and the Baptist high school valedictorians. And now, the secularists are coming after the evangelical public servant .
On Wednesday, Russell Vought, President Trumps nominee to be deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, was viciously assaulted by Sen. Bernie Sanders over his Christian faith.
Sen. Sanders deemed Vought unsuitable for office because he is therefore of the opinion that redemption is detected alone through Jesus Christ. He said someone with that kind of a religious belief system is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.
Sen. James Lankford warned that Sanders commentaries dangerously close to crossing a clear constitutional line for how we evaluate qualifications for public service.
The First Amendment is crystal clear that the federal government must protect every Americans right to the peaceful and free exercise of religion, the Oklahoma Republican said. We cannot say we have the free exercise of religion and also require people to practice their faith only in a way that government officials prefer.
The Vermont senators remarks brought strong censure from Christians across the nation including Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.
Senator Sanders is taking the Obama eras religion hostility and putting it on steroids, Perkins said.
Thousands have signed a Family Research Council petition demanding Sanders apologize for his outburst of religious bigotry.
Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas( and a Fox News contributor ), said that there are only two choices for the senator: “Apologize to the country for his foolhardy attempt to introduce an unconstitutional litmus test that would omit 41 percentage of the country, or resign.”
The controversy stems from an article Vought wrote in 2016 defending his alma mater, Wheaton College. In that article, he described Islam as a insufficient theology.
This is a fundamental problem, he wrote in The Resurgent. Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have repudiated Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.
Sanders confronted Vought during the congressional hearing. The following is a transcript provided by FRC 😛 TAGEND
Sen. Sanders : “‘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? ”
Mr. Vought : “Absolutely not, Senator. I’m a Christian, and I believe in a Christian set of principles based on my faith … Sanders : “…Forgive me, we just don’t have a lot of time. Do you believe people in the Muslim religion stand condemned? Is that your view? ”
Vought : “Again, Senator, I’m a Christian, and I wrote that piece in accordance with the statement of religion at Wheaton College…”
Sanders : “I understand that. I don’t know how many Muslims there are in America. Maybe a couple million. Are you is recommended that these people stand denounced? What about Jews? Do they stand condemned too? ”
Vought : “Senator, I’m a Christian…”
Sanders [ shouting ]: “I understand you are a Christian, but this country[ is] 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 : “Thank you for probing on that topic. 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 : “…Do you think that’s respectful of other religions ?… I would simply say, Mr. Chairman that this nominee is certainly not someone who this country is supposed to be about.”
As Perkins pointed out, salvation through Jesus Christ is a core biblical tenet held by Christians for millennia . Yet Senator Sanders is attaining it clear that he believes the U.S. Senate should disqualify nominees who carry this most basic biblical faith, Perkins said .
Americans should never be forced to choose between their faith and public service. Nor should the U.S. Senate try to impose a stealth litmus test that says you can be religion as long as you dont actually believe or talk about what the Bible teaches.'”
After Sanders’ wrapped up his rant, David French wrote a powerful rebuke of Sanders for National Review . There is nothing extreme about his statements, and they mirror the statements of faith of countless Christian churches and schools across the land, French wrote. Are these disciples also not fit for public office?
Its a fair question and one that I posed to Sen. Sanders office. Does he believe Christians are unfit to hold public office?
The senators press office did not answer that topic directly.
The question at hand is not about Mr. Voughts freedom to hold certain religious beliefs, the senators spokesman told me. The question that concerns Sen. Sanders is whether Mr. Vought will carry out the duties of his office in such a way that treats all Americans equally, even those whose faiths he has criticized.
It was an ugly moment in American politics, but it was also an instructional moment for American Christians.
Progressives and secularists are waging a brutal assault on people of faith and its only gotten worse since President Trump took office. I predicted that would happen in my latest volume, The Deplorables Guide to Making America Great Again .
People of religion must stand together and renounce anti-Christian racists and intolerance especially when those bigots stroll the dorms of Congress.
Todd Starnes is host of Fox News& Commentary. His latest book is The Deplorables Guide to Making America Great Again. Follow him on Twitter @ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.
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