A video released on YouTube recently shows the confrontation between Bernie Sanders and Russel Vought, “discussing” his column he wrote for Wheaton College.
Apparently, Vought wrote the column in support of Wheaton’s decision to fire a professor who “expressed theological solidarity with Islam and Muslims”*. The conservative website, The Resurgent, published his column, which caught Bernie Sanders’ attention.
Senator Bernie Sanders, however, disagreed with Mr. Vought’s statements, claiming he was an “Islamophobia” for proclaiming that Muslims are condemned. Bernie Sanders was flustered as Russel Vought coolly replied to his irrelevant questions, such as “Do you think your statement that you put into that publication, ‘they do not know God because they rejected Jesus Christ the Son and they stand condemned’, do you think that’s respectful of other religions?”.
This act of religious disrespect by Russel Vought, in the eyes of Bernie Sanders, disqualifies him for nomination for Office of Management and Budget. However, if we examine a little closer, Russel Vought was quoting directly word-for-word Mark 16:16b, where Mark writes: “…but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
The issue here, while Bernie Sanders’ accusations and position are totally unbiblical, but that this standard is even being upheld. A Christian man seeking employment from the government, which has its roots laid in the very Word of God, will be voted against because of a religious stance he has taken.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances -1st Amendment
Congress, including Bernie Sanders, has no right to stand against a Christian standing in office of any position. On the same note, it has no right to stand against any religion, be it Christian, Muslim, or any other religion that may or may not be favorably seen by anybody. Furthermore, Article VI of the Constitution takes this to another level:
no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
I can’t say whether or not Bernie Sanders conducted a religious test on Vought, but it sounded very much like a rough interrogation. However, 3,268 people who voted on One News Now’s poll (here) (a striking 96.46% of the voters) believed that he did violate Article VI. This kind of interrogation, the kind where the interrogated has no option to reply, is unacceptable.
I hope to see this point brought out within the next few days by the public, but there is no question where the law stands – Russel Vought cannot be withheld from the Office of Management and Budget with the grounds of his religion or anything he wrote regarding Islam or Christianity in his column.