Sen. Bernie Sanders Argument Analysis

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has drawn flak from several Christian leaders in the country and an NFL star over his rejection of Trump’s nominee for Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
During the Senate Confirmation hearing for U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee for OMB Deputy Director, Sen. Sanders asked Russell Vought about an article he wrote for The Resurgent blog, grilling him on whether a person with such views is qualified for public office. In the article, Vought said Muslims “do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”
Sen. Sanders asked Vought if the statement in the blog is Islamophobic, to which the nominee answered in negative and explaining that his comments were based on his Christian beliefs. However, the Democrat told Vought that there are a lot of people in America who come from other faiths, and asked him if he thinks non-Christians are condemned.
For some people, Sanders’ line of questioning borders on being a religious test. Sen. James Lankford …show more content…

NFL star Benjamin Watson, a known Christian, also defended Vought on Facebook.
“With all the talk about what's unAmerican, a U.S. senator attempting to disqualify a nominee because of his faith is exhibit A,” said Watson.
In an interview with The Daily Signal on June 13, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins described Sanders’ questioning as a “blatant display of religious bigotry and intolerance.” He added that the senator’s behavior is offensive to all Americans and that imposing such a religious test on Vought is unacceptable.
On June 8, an online petition was launched to ask Sanders to apologize for his comments to Vought about his Christian belief. The petition also asks the Senate to promise that no nominee will be rejected on the basis of religious

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