Last week, Bernie Sanders displayed a behavior that should greatly concern anyone who values religious liberties.
Sanders, who is the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, administered a religious test on Trump-appointee Russel Vought during his confirmation hearing. Sanders referenced an article that Vought wrote in early 2016 Christian theology from Islamic theology.
In his article Vought exclaimed: “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.”
Sanders responded by suggesting Vought’s comments to be “islamaphobic” and disrespectful towards other religions, even though Islam teaches that those who reject Allah will perish. Sanders then recommended to the chairman that the candidate not be confirmed, based on the candidate’s answers to Sanders’ religious test.
The Double Standard
Sanders’ behavior shows is a complete disregard for the U.S. Constitution, religious freedom, and even contradicts his own words.
In 2015, Sanders criticized presidential candidate Ben Carson after Carson expressed concern over the idea of a Muslim being president of the United States IF they were unwilling to separate Sharia law from the U.S. Constitution:
“You judge a candidate for the presidency not on their religion, not on the color of their skin, but on the ideas for which they stand. That’s what democracy is supposed to be about. So, I was very disappointed in Dr. Carson’s statement and I disagree with him.” Sanders, September 2015
This is quite a different tone than Sanders took last week:
“I would simply…Read More