Sen. Bernie Sanders called an essential tenet of the Christian religion “indefensible” and “hateful” during a Senate hearing. The former presidential candidate seemed to be objecting to Christians being in public office at all during a hearing for Russell Vought, nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Calling him “Islamophobic,” Sanders took a quote from an article Vought wrote about the distinctions between Christianity and Islam out of context to accuse the nominee of bigotry. Caleb Ecarma joined Monday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” to explain why Sanders has a double standard. Back in 2015, Sanders objected to religious litmus tests – when it came to Muslims.
The quote Sanders used came from an article for the Resurgent where Vought 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.”
Ecarma explained that Sanders was maligning all Christians since the Christian faith is based on believing what Jesus taught, which is that individuals find forgiveness and a path to God only through Jesus Christ.
“[Vought] would have said the same thing about any other religious belief that does not ... believe in Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation,” he said.
Standing in for Doc Thompson as host, Brad Staggs wondered if Americans can make their way back to a cohesive society. That won’t happen if we can’t agree that religious freedom is fundamental, Ecarma asserted.