FRC Action Applauds Senate Committee Vote to Ignore Bernie Sanders' Religious Test, Advance Vought Nomination
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted to advance Russell Vought, the Trump administration’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. Vought’s nomination drew national attention after Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) deemed Vought unfit for public service due to his Christian belief that salvation is found through Jesus Christ alone. In response to Senator Sanders’ religious bigotry, Family Research Council (FRC) started a petition calling on Senator Sanders to apologize for his unconstitutional religious test and urged the U.S. Senate to reject the religious test. Over 55,000 Americans have already signed FRC’s petition.
Today, Family Research Council Action launched a video ad calling on Americans to tell their Senators “to denounce Bernie Sanders’ religious test.”
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins commented after Vought’s nomination moved closer to confirmation:
“It was a shocking moment to watch a United States senator declare that holding to a central tenet of Christianity is enough to render a nominee unfit for public service. Thankfully, a majority on the Senate Homeland Security committee realized the obvious fact that Vought’s biblical views on salvation have little to do with dollars and cents.
“The thought that Sanders is a senator who almost won the Democratic Party’s nomination for president—a man who thinks there’s no room in the public square for people who believe the Bible—is a chilling one. America is in far better hands with the Trump administration, which respects the freedom to believe and live out those beliefs in the public square.
“I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Democratic Party that wanted God out of its platform also wants him out of public service. If the Bernie Sanders’ religious test is followed, Christians in government have four options: They can hide their faith, deny it, recant it, or work elsewhere. Ironically, this makes Bernie Sanders guilty of the same bigotry that he is trying to pin on men and women of faith.
“What Sanders is doing is imposing his own test, a reverse religious test—that people have no religious convictions. If anyone’s on the wrong side of that equation, it’s Sanders—not the millions of Christians whose faith this nation was founded on,” Perkins concluded.
To view FRC Action’s ad, please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2JrG916VKE&feature=youtu.be
To sign FRC’s petition calling on Senator Sanders to apologize for his anti-Christian bigotry, please see: www.frc.org/religiouslitmustest