2016 Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is attacking a Trump administration nominee for his theological beliefs, telling Congress that potential Deputy Budget Director Russell Vought promotes an intolerant form of Christianity.
Sanders pressed Vought on a passage the nominee once wrote in an editorial, claiming that Muslims were not experiencing salvation because they refuse to accept Jesus Christ. The belief that Jesus is necessary for salvation is common to Evangelical churches.
Sanders told Vought – and Congress – that the nominee had insulted billions of Muslims around the world with his remarks, and is also anti-Semitic for not believing that Jews experience salvation.
When Vought replied that he thinks all human beings should be treated with respect, honor and dignity, Sanders turned and denounced him loudly, as if Sanders was too deaf, dumb and blind to have heard what the other man said.
But Sanders has a short memory, or doesn’t mind being a total hypocrite.
Testing candidates or nominees for religious belief is against U.S. law, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign came perilously close to “outing” Sanders as an atheist during a bitter primary battle. Bernie, of course, strongly criticized those tactics at the time.