Bernie Sanders is finding himself in the spotlight once again.
But it’s for all the wrong reasons.
And what he did confirmed Americans worst fears.
Sanders was questioning Russell Vought – whom Trump nominated to be Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Vought is also a devout Christian.
And in his questioning, Sanders zeroed in on Vought’s faith as a line of attack.
Sanders grilled Vought over an article he wrote for a conservative publication about how Christians and Muslims worship differently.
Vought accurately pointed out Muslims do not recognize Jesus Christ as the son of God.
Sanders accused him of being Islamophobic and un-American for his Christian faith.
David French transcribed their exchange in The National Review:
“Sanders: Let me get to this issue that has bothered me and bothered many other people. And that is in the piece that I referred to that you wrote for the publication called Resurgent. 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?
Vought: Absolutely not, Senator. I’m a Christian, and I believe in a Christian set of principles based on my faith. That post, as I stated in the questionnaire to this committee, was to defend my alma mater, Wheaton College, a Christian school that has a statement of faith that includes the centrality of Jesus Christ for salvation, and . . .
Sanders: I apologize. Forgive me, we just don’t have a lot of time. Do you believe people in the Muslim religion stand condemned? Is that your view? Vought: Again, Senator, I’m a Christian, and I wrote that piece in accordance with the statement of faith at Wheaton College: Sanders: I understand that. I don’t know how many Muslims there are in America. Maybe a couple million. Are you suggesting that all those people stand condemned? What about Jews? Do they stand condemned too?
Vought: Senator, I’m a Christian . . . S
Sanders (shouting): I understand you are a Christian, but this country are made of people who are not just — I understand that Christianity is the majority religion, but there are other people of different religions in this country and around the world. In your judgment, do you think that people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?
Vought: Thank you for probing on that question. As a Christian, I believe that all individuals are made in the image of God and are worthy of dignity and respect regardless of their religious beliefs. I believe that as a Christian that’s how I should treat all individuals . . .
Sanders: You think your statement that you put into that publication, they do not know God because they rejected Jesus Christ, His Son, and they stand condemned, do you think that’s respectful of other religions?
Vought: Senator, 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.
Sanders: I would simply say, Mr. Chairman, that this nominee is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about. “
Democrats have become a secular party that is increasingly hostile to Christian believers.
The Obama administration pursued a court case against the Little Sisters of the Poor over their sincere religious objections to providing birth control that caused abortions.
And liberals around the country hound businesses that refuse to participate in homosexual weddings because of their Christian faith.
Even worse, state officials have fined Christian bakers and florists for their refusal to act against their faith by celebrating and performing in homosexual marriage ceremonies.
Sanders line of questioning confirms millions of Americans worst fears – liberals are biased against Christians and think Christian beliefs and values should be exiled from government.