Bernie Sanders Destroys Religious Bigot During Confirmation Hearing


DURING THE CONFIRMATION HEARING
FOR RUSSELL VOUGHT, HE IS THE NOMINEE FOR DEPUTY DIRECTOR
OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, OF COURSE, TRUMP IS
THE GUY WHO NOMINATED HIM. BERNIE SANDERS CAME ACROSS
AN ISSUE THAT HE FELT PASSIONATELY ENOUGH ABOUT THE
QUESTION HIM ON AND IT HAD TO DO WITH PREVIOUS STATEMENTS THAT HE
HAD MADE IN REGARD TO MUSLIMS. SANDERS TOOK ISSUE WITH THE
PIECE VOUGHT WROTE IN JANUARY 2016 ABOUT AN INCIDENT AT WHETON
COLLEGE. THE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL HAD FIRED A
POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR FOR A FACEBOOK POST INTENDED TO
EXPRESS SOLIDARITY WITH MUSLIMS. VOUGHT DISAGREED WITH HAWKINSí
POST AND DEFENDED THE SCHOOL
IN AN ARTICLE FOR THE CONSERVATIVE WEBSITE THE
RESURGENT. WHAT EXACTLY DID HE WRITE IN
THAT PIECE THAT CAUGHT BERNIE SANDERS ATTENTION AND
MADE HIM QUESTION THIS NOMINEE? HE HAD WRITTEN, MUSLIMS DO NOT
SIMPLY HAVE A DEFICIENT THEOLOGY. THEY DO NOT KNOW GOD BECAUSE
THEY HAVE REJECTED JESUS CHRIST HIS SON, AND THEY STAND
CONDEMNED. HE MADE THIS STATEMENT BERNIE
SANDERS FELT THAT IT WAS QUESTIONABLE AND DISCRIMINATORY. WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE IS
THE EXCHANGE THAT THEY HAD DURING THE SENATE HEARING TAKE A
LOOK FOR YOURSELVES AND WE WILL DISCUSS AFTER. WE WRITE TO EXPRESS OUR DEEP
CONCERNS ABOUT THE NOMINATION OF RUSSELL VOUGHT TO THE POSITION
OF DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE. HE HAS DENIGRATED THE MUSLIM
FAITH. HIS WRITING HAS SHOWN DISTILLATE
TO MUSLIMS AND DISCLOSE THEM FROM ANYTHING. AND THE PISA REFER TO THE EURO
FOR A PUBLICATION CALLED RESURGENT, GIRO, MUSLIM
MUSLIMS DO NOT SIMPLY HAVE A DEFICIENT THEOLOGY. THEY DO NOT KNOW GOD BECAUSE
THEY HAVE REJECTED JESUS CHRIST, HIS SON AND THEY STAND
CONDEMNED. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THAT
STATEMENT IS ISLAMOPHOBIC? ABSOLUTELY NOT, SENATOR. I AM A CHRISTIAN AND I BELIEVE
IN A CHRISTIAN SET OF PRINCIPLES BASED ON MY FAITH. THAT POST AS I STATED IN THE
QUESTIONNAIRE TO THIS COMMITTEE WAS TO DEFEND MY
ALMA MATER, WHEATON COLLEGE, CHRISTIAN SCHOOL THAT HAS A
STATEMENT OF FAITH THAT INCLUDES THE CENTRALITY OF JESUS
CHRIST FOR SALVATION. AGAIN, I APOLOGIZE. FORGIVE
ME, WE JUST DONíT HAVE A LOT OF TIME. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE IN
THE MUSLIM RELIGION STAND CONDEMNED? AGAIN SENATOR, I AM A CHRISTIAN
AND I WROTE THAT PIECE ñ I UNDERSTAND THAT. I DONíT KNOW
HOW MANY MUSLIMS ARE IN AMERICA, PROBABLY A COUPLE MILLION. ARE YOU SUGGESTING ALL THOSE PEOPLE STAND CONDEMNED? WHAT ABOUT JEWS? DO THEY STAND CONDEMNED TOO? SENATOR, I AM A CHRISTIAN. I UNDERSTAND YOU ARE A
CHRISTIAN. BUT THIS COUNTRY IS MADE UP OF
PEOPLE, I UNDERSTAND THAT CHRISTIANITY IS THE MAJORITY BUT
THERE OTHER PEOPLE OF OTHER RELIGIONS AND DISCUSSION AROUND
THE WORLD. IN YOUR JUDGMENT, DO YOU THINK PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT
CHRISTIANS ARE GOING TO BE CONDEMNED? THANK YOU FOR PROBING ON THE
QUESTION. AS A CHRISTIAN, I BELIEVE THAT ALL INDIVIDUALS
ARE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD AND ARE WORTHY OF DIGNITY
AND RESPECT REGARDLESS OF THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. I BELIEVE THAT AS A CHRISTIAN,
THAT IS HOW I SHOULD TREAT ALL INDIVIDUALS – AND YOU THINK YOUR STATEMENT
THAT YOU PUT INTO THAT PUBLICATION, THEY DO NOT KNOW GOD
BECAUSE THEY HAVE REJECTED JESUS CHRIST THE SON AND THEY
STAND CONDEMNED. YOU THINK THAT’S RESPECTFUL OF OTHER
RELIGIONS? SENATOR, I WROTE A POST BASED
ON BEING A CHRISTIAN AND ATTENDING A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
THAT HAS A STATEMENT OF FAITH THAT SPEAKS CLEARLY WITH
REGARD TO THE CENTRALITY OF JESUS CHRIST AND SALVATION. I WOULD SIMPLY SAY, MISTER
CHAIRMAN, THAT THIS NOMINEE IS REALLY NOT SOMEONE
WHO IS WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT. I VOTE NO. WOW. THAT WAS AN INCREDIBLE EXCHANGE
AND IT IS INTERESTING TO SEE THE DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS OF
THAT EXCHANGE BECAUSE ON THE RIGHT, YOU HAVE PUBLICATIONS
LIKE THE NATIONAL REVIEW CALLING OUT BERNIE SANDERS, ESSENTIALLY
ACCUSING HIM OF DISCRIMINATING AGAINST CHRISTIANS WHICH THAT
WAS IN MY INTERPRETATION. I SAW THAT IS HIM POINTING OUT
TO SOMEONE WHO WILL BE PART OF OUR GOVERNMENT IF HE GETS
CONFIRMED OPENLY AND TRANSPARENTLY SAYING THAT AN
ENTIRE GROUP OF PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY WILL BE CONDEMNED OR
ARE CONDEMNED. THAT KIND OF MESSAGING DOESN’T
LOOK GOOD ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE PART OF OUR GOVERNMENT. YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO ENDORSE
ONE RELIGION OVER THE OTHER. AND THEN EMIGRATING FROM THE
ATLANTIC SHARED HER POINT OF YOU AND I WANT TO SHARE
WITH YOU GUYS JUST TO PLAY DEVILS ADVOCATE AND GIVING US
PERSPECTIVE. SHE SAYS SANDERS MAY USE THE
TERM ISLAMIC PHOBIA TO SUGGEST THAT VOTE FEARS MUSLIMS
FOR WHO THEY ARE TOP IN HIS WRITING, BUT WAS CONTESTING
SOMETHING DIFFERENT: HE DISAGREES WITH WHAT MUSLIMS
BELIEVE, AND DOES NOT THINK THEIR FAITH IS SATISFACTORY FOR
SALVATION. RIGHT OR WRONG, THIS IS A
CONVICTION HELD BY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND MANY MUSLIMS
MIGHT SAY THE SAME THING ABOUT CHRISTIANITY. HER PIECE SORT OF DEFENDED VOUGHT
AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS A REALLY INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE, BUT IF
YOU WANT TO SIMPLIFY WHAT SHE IS SAYING, WELL, THIS IS WHAT HIS
RELIGION ALLOWS HIM TO BELIEVE AND SINCE A LOT OF AMERICANS
ALSO BELIEVE IT, WHATEVER. I GUESS IT IS WHAT HE BELIEVES
SO WHY YOU GOING TO CRITICIZE THEM FOR? BUT THERE WAS A TIME IN
AMERICA WHERE THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE BELIEVED THAT INTERRACIAL
MARRIAGE WAS WRONG. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN PEOPLE
THOUGHT GAY MARRIAGE WAS WRONG. THERE WAS A TIME IN AMERICA WERE
PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT BLACKS AND WHITES, BLACK INDIVIDUALS
AND WHITE INDIVIDUALS SHOULD USE SEPARATE WATER FOUNTAINS AS
SEPARATE SCHOOLS. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THE MAJORITY
OF AMERICANS THINK WHEN IT COMES TO THESE TYPES OF ISSUES. WHAT MATTERS IS WHAT IS THE
RIGHT POSITION ON THE ISSUE? IF YOU ARE OPENLY HOSTILE OR
HATEFUL TOWARD A CERTAIN GROUP OF PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY
BECAUSE OF THEIR RELIGION, BECAUSE YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN IT
THEN THAT IS A PROBLEM. I THINK THAT IS WHAT BERNIE
SANDERS WAS TRYING TO POINT TO DUCK RIGHT, EMMA POINTS OUT AN
INTERESTING WAY OF LOOKING AT IT THAT DIFFERENT BELIEF
SYSTEMS AND PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO BELIEVE WHAT THEY WANT
THAT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS WHAT MAKES A GREAT THAT WHAT MAKES IT
DIFFERENT WHERE I DISAGREE WITH EMMA IS HE IS NOT JUST A CITIZEN
BELIEVE IN WHAT HE WANTS. THIS IS A HEARING, CONFIRMATION
HEARING FOR HIM TO SERVE FOR DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE
OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET DIED THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT
THESE HEARINGS WHAT BERNIE SANDERS WAS TRYING TO DO WAS NOT
TEST HIS BELIEF SYSTEM. I DON’T THINK HE WOULD CANOPY
WAS A CHRISTIAN OR WENT TO CHURCH, HE WANTS TO KNOW THAT HE
IS GOING TO STAND UP FOR ALL AMERICANS EVEN THOSE WHO HE
SAID IN HIS OWN WORDS STAND CONDEMNED. WHAT IS FRUSTRATING ABOUT
WATCHING THAT TAPE IS THAT YOU HEAR IT A LOT, YOU SEE IT A LOT
ONLINE THAT YOU CAN ANSWER THEM QUESTION THAT WE SEE SO MANY OF
THESE HEARINGS DIED THINK I’VE WATCHED MORE THIS YEAR, THEY’RE
EVERYWHERE. IT’S LIKE THE NBA FINALS OF
HEARINGS THIS YEAR. THE MORE YOU WATCH THEM, THE
LESS YOU LEARN BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION. HE IS NOT ASKING YOU WHAT YOUR
RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ARE. HE IS ASKING YOU ñ THAT IS NOT ON TRIAL. NO ONE IS SAYING YOU CAN’T
BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT TO BELIEVE. HE IS ASKING TO STAND BY THE
SENTENCE THAT MUSLIMS DO NOT SIMPLY HAVE A DEFICIENT
THEOLOGY. THEY DO NOT KNOW GOD BECAUSE
THEY HAVE REJECTED JESUS CHRIST HIS SON AND THEY STAND
CONDEMNED THAT DO STAND BY THAT AND HE CAN ANSWER YES OR
NO. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE
BETTER. IF HE BELIEVES THAT THEN DUDE,
STAND BY THIS VALUE WROTE THIS IN JANUARY 2016. ARE YOU THAT SPINELESS THAT IF
YOU BELIEVE THAT, YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A SECTION OF
CHRISTIANS THAT WILL HAVE HIS BACK IF YOU WERE TO STAND BY
THAT BUT YOU WERE NOT EVEN GOING TO COME DOWN ON AN ANSWER
TO ME, AS A CHRISTIAN. I’M A CHRISTIAN. MY FAITH IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME
THAT YOU ASKED ME, CENK UYGUR HAS PUT ME TO THE TEST OF
THIS BEFORE BECAUSE I KNOW IT’S STRANGE AND MARKET HAVE A
CHRISTIAN DIED THE FUND GIMMICK THAT I WILL STAY BY MY
BELIEVES DIOCESE STAND BY EVERYONE ELSE’S RIGHT TO BLUE
BUT THEY WANT TO BELIEVE BUT THIS GUY IS SUCH A POOR
REPRESENTATION OF HOW I UNDERSTAND THE LOVE OF GOD AND
HOW I UNDERSTAND TO HAVE THE AUDACITY TO SPEAK FOR GOD. I HATE WHEN PEOPLE DO THAT. I KNOW WHO IS CONDEMNED AND WHO
IS NOT. I KNOW IíM A GAY CHRISTIAN
SWEARING. IíM A MESS. LOOK, THERE IS A PORTION OF THE
BIBLE THAT SPECIFICALLY TALKS ABOUT THOSE WHO DON’T BELIEVE
THAT JESUS IS GOD AND HOW THEY ARE CONDEMNED AND MUSLIMS DO NOT
BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS GOD. IT IS BASED ON WHAT THE BIBLE
SAYS. I THINK THAT BERNIE SANDERS
WAS VERY SMART IN BRINGING UP JUDAISM AS WELL. THIS IS A MULTI-FAITH COUNTRY. THERE IS A RELIGIOUS PLURALISM
THAT WE SHOULD BE CELEBRATING. I REALLY CAN’T WRAP MY MIND
AROUND SOMEONE WHO WOULDN’T GET ON BOARD WITH THAT. IT MAKES THIS COUNTRY GREAT. IT’S THE REASON WHY MY DAD WAS A
NAVY CHAPLAIN AND HE HAD TO LEARN HOW TO PERFORM MULTIPLE
DIFFERENT KINDS OF SERVICES ON THAT SHOULD BECAUSE ANYONE
CAN SERVE AND PROTECT THIS COUNTRY OF ANY KIND OF FAITH. WHAT COUNTRY DO YOU THINK THIS
IS? I FEEL IT IS SUCH A DISCONNECT. IT’S VERY FRUSTRATING. I’M PISSED
THAT HE COULDN’T ANSWER.

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