Is Bernie Sander policing bigotry or stifling relisious liberties?
Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
Setting up a classic Straw Man argument, Sen. Bernie Sanders toyed with the law when questioning Russell Vought during his confirmation hearing as the deputy director for the office of Management and Budget. Sanders referenced an article Vought ...had published at his Christian alma mater condemning Muslims.
When asked if he felt his views were Islamaphobic, Vought simply replied, "I believe in a Christian set of principles based on my faith.” Those principles, whatever they may be, are not a pre-requisite for serving in public office. Sen. Sanders' line of questions were ultimately irrelevant and he did not exercise the same tolerance he expected from Vought. In context, the article was about the fundamental differences between Christians and Muslims (namely the belief or disbelief in Christ). It was not written to attack or condemn Muslims.
Any religious group has the Constitutional right to free speech and freedom of religion. Muslims will vehemently disagree with Christian principles. This issue is not about bigotry in public policy as Sanders would have us believe. It is a double standard that wrongfully places Christians in public service in a negative light. Sanders, a Jew, has the support of millions of Christians who share the same doctrine as Vought. Should he lose supporters because he does not accept the tenants of our faith? Of course not. The same logic should apply to Vought and others Christians who do not water down their faith for political gain.
Yet, as Sanders continued to grill Vought his tone became more forceful and angrier. The entire exchange seemed irrelevant.