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The Christophobes In The US Senate


The Constitution says there can be no religious test applied to those seeking office at the federal level (Article VI, clause 3). But lately, some on the left are trying to apply a type of religious test against some of President Trump's executive branch nominees.

Two years ago, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders raked a Trump nominee over the coals because of the man's theological views. Russell Vought, a nominee to the Office of Management and Budget, attended Wheaton College. In an article on changes at Wheaton, Vought had mentioned that he believed Jesus was the only way to God. (This is based on something Jesus Himself said, in John 14:6.)

Despite the constitutional ban on a religious test, Sanders applied such a test and found Vought wanting. Look at their interaction from the hearing:

Vought: "Senator, I'm a Christian –"

Sanders: "I understand you are a Christian. But this country is made up of people who – I understand that Christianity is the majority religion. But there are other people of other religions in this country and around the world. In your judgment do you think people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?"

Vought: "I wrote a post based on being a Christian in attending a Christian school that has a statement of faith that speaks clearly with regard to the centrality of Jesus Christ in salvation."

Sanders: "I would simply say, Mr. Chairman, that this nominee is really not someone who is what this country is supposed to be about."

Today, Sanders is again a serious contender for the presidency. Yet he flagrantly disregards this aspect of the Constitution. Unfortunately, he's not alone.

On Sept. 7, 2017, California Sen. Diane Feinstein sat in judgment of appeals court nominee and Catholic Amy Coney Barrett. Feinstein intoned, "I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different. And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern."