GOP Draws a Line in the Sanders
Americans rejected Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) as the presidential nominee, and now they’re rejecting his politics too. After implying that Christians have no place in public service in a hearing for Trump budget pick Russell Vought, the Democratic senator got quite an earful from voters (including 56,994 of you who signed our petition). Now, 64 members of Congress are weighing in — demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions reaffirm the Constitution’s ban on religion tests.
Led by Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) and Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.), more than five dozen Republicans made it clear that “While there is continuous debate about the scope and meaning of the religion clauses in the First Amendment, the text of Article VI has been clear: no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any public office or public trust under the United States. Yet,” they go on,” questions were asked during a recent Senate Budget Committee hearing about an executive branch nominee’s adherence to the Christian faith,” the letter continues, “suggesting that such beliefs disqualified the nominee from service.”
It was a powerful rebuke of Bernie Sanders and his allies, which have slowly let a “Christians-need-not-apply mentality” creep into the public debate. So, the next time you get a petition like ours, sign them! Your voice matters. Even a single name can make a major impact when enough people stand together.
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