The normally staid Senate Budget Committee became quite tense on Wednesday when Senator Bernie Sanders lit into an executive branch nominee for writings that he perceived as privileging Christianity over other faiths.
Russell Vought, whom President Trump nominated to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in the evangelical blog The Resurgent that based on his reading of the Gospels of Luke and John, “Muslims … do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”
“There are other people of different religions in this country and around the world. In your judgment, do you think that people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?” Sanders asked.
Vought repeated that as a Christian, he believed that all people ought to be treated with respect, to which Sanders replied, “I would simply say, Mr. Chairman, that this nominee is really not someone who is what this country is supposed to be about. I will vote no.”
Sanders was criticized by Russell Moore, the head of the political arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, for not understanding that for Christians, faith in Jesus is the only way to gain salvation.