Far-left Senator Bernie Sanders is concerned about a Christian nominee for deputy White House budget director. The candidate Russell Vought must pass a Bernie litmus test to be appointed. On the other hand, Muslims who have the same beliefs about their religion do not have to pass such a test.
Bernie asked Mr. Vought about an article he wrote in support of his religion and his belief that Jesus is the true God. Vought made it clear that every person deserves equal respect and equal rights but that wasn’t good enough.
Mind you, Vought is applying for a position working on the budget and will have nothing to do with religion.
The Socialist Vermont senator has a different standard for Muslims. he once said about Muslim nominees that they should instead be judged by their “views [and] abilities” instead “of their religion.”
“Let me get to this issue that has bothered me and bothered many other people. You wrote, ‘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?” Sanders asked.
Vought replied, “I’m a Christian . . . I wrote a post based on being a Christian and attending a Christian school that has a statement of faith that speaks clearly in regard to the centrality of Jesus Christ in salvation.”
However, in 2015, Sanders blasted Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson for alleging that Islam and the U.S. Constitution are not compatible, claiming there can be no religious test.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” Carson said.
Sanders told Carson, “You judge candidates for president not on their religion, not on the color of their skin, but on their ideas, on what they stand for. That is what America is supposed to be about.”
The guy is Mr. Tolerance – for leftists, no one else.
Why different standards for Christians from Muslims? This goes against the Constitution which Bernie really doesn’t like all that much. In 2011, he proposed an Amendment to limit free speech.
In 2015, he was quoted by Time:
The most obvious weakness of our Constitution is that the economic rights of our citizens are not adequately addressed. Freedom must mean more than the right to vote every four years for a candidate for President. Freedom must also mean the right of a citizen to decent income, decent shelter, decent health care, decent educational opportunity and decent retirement benefits. One is not free sleeping out in the streets. One is not free eating cat food in order to survive.
It’s more of his Marxist redistributive mentality. We are waiting for him to share some of that $1.2 million he made last year.