USA: Bernie Sanders ignores US Constitution and seeks to exclude candidate from public office because he is an evangelical Christian

United States

Senator Bernie Sanders, who last year lost to Hilary Clinton in the race to gain the Democratic Party nomination to run for US president, has attempted to block a Christian candidate for public office because he stated that Jesus is the only way to God. This is despite the fact that article VI of the US constitution explicitly forbids requiring people to hold particular beliefs in order to hold public office or stand for election.

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders

During a US Senate confirmation hearing for Russell Vought, who is the White House nominee for Deputy Director of the Office for Management and Budget, Senator Sanders objected to a theological (yes, theological not political!) article Mr Vought had written.

Mr Vought’s article stated that people could only be saved by faith in Jesus Christ not through Islam quoting Luke 10:16 (“The one who rejects me rejects him who sent me”) and John 3:18 (“Whoever believes in [the Son] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God”).

Senator Sanders repeatedly quoted these theological comments in Mr Vought’s confirmation hearing to argue that they made him unfit to hold public office. In his opening remarks to the Senate Committee Bernie Sanders stated:

“In my view, the statement made by Mr. Vought is indefensible, it is hateful, it is Islamophobic, and it is an insult to over a billion Muslims throughout the world,”

When asked if he thought his comments were Islamophobic Mr Vought replied: “Absolutely not, Senator, I’m a Christian, and I believe in a Christian set of principles based on my faith.”

From The Atlantic here