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Bernie Sanders: Muslims Should Have Religious Freedom, But Christians Shouldn’t

spiritual religion religious man christiansVermont Sen. Bernie Sanders believes Muslims should be judged by their “views and abilities,” not by their religion. When it comes to Christians? Not so much.

On Wednesday, Sanders applied a religious litmus test during a confirmation hearing for Russell Vought, the hopeful White House deputy budget director who happens to be an evangelical Christian. Vought has described the need for the “centrality of Jesus Christ in salvation.” He did not avow an extreme religious stance, but simply stated that he believes in the need for a faith in Jesus Christ for entrance into heaven. This is a core Christian belief. Nearly all the world’s religions claim their teachings exclusively demonstrate the means of salvation, including Islam.

Yet Sanders did not take Vought’s answer well. He replied by saying, “[Vought] is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.” However, two years ago, Sanders felt the opposite way when the faith of potential Muslim officials were called into question. When former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson asserted that Islam and the U.S. Constitution are not reconcilable, Sanders claimed this was “very wrong.”

“What we should be doing as a people is judge our candidates based on their views, their abilities, not the color of their skin, not on their religion. That is what America is supposed to be about,” continued Sanders.

Essentially, Sanders demands an unconstitutional religious litmus test on Christians in public service positions, yet the exact opposite for those of Islamic faith. This double standard is worsened considering Sanders has made standing up for the religious liberty of Muslims a focal point of his career over the last couple years.

In 2015, Sanders condemned attacks against Muslims, saying “there is a lot of … hatred being generated against Muslims in this country. … If we are going to stand for anything, we have got to stand together and end all forms of racism.” “Our job is to build a nation in which we all stand together as one people,” he added.

Apparently, Sanders does not realize that religious liberty in America does not solely apply to faith systems that his political allies applaud, but rather to all religions. Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

Sanders’ office did not respond to a request for comment on this article.

From - The Federalist - by Caleb Ecarma

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Scott Morgan

If this candidate were a Muslim, is there any doubt that Sanders would have been praising him for his courage and diversity? Yet because he is a Christian, he is attacked. Our Founding Fathers would be shocked to see what our country has and is becoming.

Rik

The only Racism in this country today is against white AngloSaxon Christians, especially men! But Bernie wouldn’t know because he’s really one of those 1%er Capitalists that he’s always complaining about. ?????
Communist hypocrite that he really is!!!!

Tom

It is quite apparent that Mr. Sanders is not alone in his warped stance on religion and politics. While he attests to be an Independent, his leanings are anything but that. His is the “socialism of America” wherein all peoples/citizens of the USofA are entitled to ANYTHING monetary regardless of their desire or lack thereof to become decent hard working folks that believe in “paying it forward” with diligence, determination and productive/gainful employment. I would venture to say that Mr. Sanders would likely end up setting himself up for “idiot of the century” with his warped mind and extreme socialist views. However, Mr. Sanders is not alone in his warped thinking,; he has the entire cadre of Democrats that will utilize all manner of propaganda and slanderous charges against those who oppose their ideologies. Somehow, I believe that the Democratic Party is in the throes of PANIC, realizing that they… Read more »

Veteran

No surprise here! Bernie Sanders is a communist; anti-Constitution, anti-Christian, anti-American, anti family and values, pro-theft, and anti-American Republic. In long ago, more realistic, saner times he would have been barred from holding any job with the United States government, let alone sit in Congress; and he and his nutcase followers would have been under observation for their radical, violent tendencies and goal to overthrow the Republic and destroy America.

ExNewYorker

Being a ex-New Yorker and exposed to 43 years of Democratic BS, well, Bernie is singing that old refrain. Bernie needs to go back to school and study the Constitution and the Federal Papers. I defy him to state that Christianity and Judeo principles is not the Basis of what the Constitution was founded on. Senator Sanders like most of the “modern” Liberal thinkers do not deserve to serve in this prestigious body. The nation needs to rid itself of people like Sanders and others like him. That goes for both Parties. A Democrat Senator That I liked was Patrick Moynihan. A Princeton Professor, he was a good statesman and I use him as an example to show just how far off the Democrats have fallen. I could not vote for any Democrat running for any Congressional office. They do not believe in our country or way of life, they… Read more »

Moe

Senator Sanders — GET REAL ; you R too old & need to be retired–Please just GO HOME & GET Lost— goodbye

Dolores Adams

Has the muslims ever contributed anything worthwhile to our country?

defiant1

Bernie Sanders is nothing but an old communist disguised as a socialist……he created the CPC (Congressional Progressive Caucus) which is full of communists in Congress…..The CPC is the voice in Congress for the CPUSA (Communist Party of the USA)……

Vincent Flores

I’ find that Bernie Sanders” Is becoming Senile & dilutional, He’s forgetting that This Country, was Founded On
Godly Principles. And anybody Who Comes to live here should abide & live by Our Laws & respect them.

Christy

I’m not surprised he didn’t respond to your article. You caught his hypocrisy so what could he say?

whoo

When are people going to wake up and see what Sanders is? The man is rich while campaigning against the wealthy. It is obvious he hates democracy and loves communism. He is just another Putin in sheep’s clothing. Instead of encouraging people to better their selves through education and hard work, he says those that have worked and earned a better standard of living should give their earnings to those that won’t work.

Rudder

The Senate should censure him for abusing Russell Vought’s VI Amendment rights.

Stephen P.

@Tom: “While he attests to be an Independent, his leanings are anything but that”

An Independent is one who remains true to not depend solely on a political ideology, but also to incorporate ones deeds rather than bombastic pronouncements. B. Sanders is, in my estimation, far from being an Independent but rather an amalgam of socialism and warped Democratic dogma.

Steve

“…hatred being generated against Muslims in this country. … If we are going to stand for anything, we have got to stand together and end all forms of racism.”

Islam is a race? Who knew?

Tom

I sure would like to be there at Bernie’s Judgement Day but I was kind of told that I should not do that because what I would witness would bother my eternity.

pummalo

Saunders is a total liberal nut case his views of America are against all what the original founders put forth in the Constitution we need the Vermont socialist prorogates like we need another Lenin and you know how well that has turned out. He like John McCain need to buried along with all the other old fogies that have out lived their brains!

JoBell Canida

This article, Eric Ecarma, hits the nail on the head. It shows both the hypocrisy and biased opinion of a signicant portion of supposedly “liberal” thinkers and, I would gander a guess, at the majority of those people with a leftwing political viewpoint.

burri8

Bernie Sanders can talk all that stuff. There will be a day that he will stand before his maker and try to get out of telling God how much he was wrong letting Christians He also believes i giving money away Government money like it’s his own and yet again, the Americans will shoulder the burden that the tax payers. That’s’ another issue Bernie Sanders don’t want to touch. He is too much out of touch with the people that warrants concern.

Thomas H

When he passes away, he will feel the burn.

real talk 1

Bernie Sanders Is nothing but a old fool you should go home get in a comfortable chair and stay there and enjoy what time you have left Mr Sanders what you have to say won’t make a bit of diffrence you don’t have a lot of time don’t waste it !!