Glenn: Christianity clearly ‘under attack’ in hearing for Trump nominee

What’s going on?

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has been in confirmation hearings to be secretary of state, replacing Rex Tillerson. On Thursday, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) pressed the former Kansas congressman on his views of homosexuality, specifically asking him about his views on “gay sex” and gay marriage.

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In 2015, Pompeo quoted a prayer by the Rev. Joe Wright, saying, “America had worshiped other Gods and called it multiculturalism. We’d endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.” He was a congressman for Kansas at the time, and he has publicly opposed gay marriage.

What did Cory Booker ask?

In Thursday’s confirmation hearing, Booker asked if Pompeo viewed being gay as a “perversion.”

“Do you believe gay sex is a perversion, yes or no? Yes or no, sir?” Booker asked. “Do you believe that gay sex is a perversion, because that’s what you said here in one of your speeches. Yes or no, do you believe gay sex is a perversion?”

How did Mike Pompeo respond?

Pompeo stood by his earlier views on gay marriage but clarified that he respects all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation or marital status.

“I believe it’s the case we have married gay couples at the CIA,” Pompeo said. “You should know I treated them with the exact same set of rights.”

Glenn’s take:

American Christians need to realize that their faith is under attack. If Keith Ellison were being questioned in a Senate hearing, would he be asked if his Muslim faith is an obstacle to treating people fairly?

“For some reason, it’s easier for them to believe that a Muslim is capable of being both religious and able to champion secular rights of people, but a Christian isn’t, somehow,” Glenn said.

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