Sanders: Russell Vought’s Expression of His Christian Beliefs a Way of Saying ‘Islam Is a Second-Class Religion’

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Sunday criticized White House deputy budget director nominee Russell Vought’s expression of his religious beliefs, doubling down on his controversial questioning of Vought in a Senate committee hearing.
Sanders affirmed the Constitution’s protection of religious liberty on CNN’s “State of the Union” before he castigated Vought’s religious expression.
The Vermont senator characterized Vought’s Christian beliefs as a way to “essentially say ‘Islam is a second-class religion.'” The comment came days after Vought said on June 7 that “all individuals are made in the image of God and are worthy of dignity and respect, regardless of their religious beliefs.”
Vought, President Donald Trump’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Sanders clashed during the former’s confirmation hearing earlier this month. The Vermont senator brought up a January 2016 post in which Vought called Islam a “deficient theology.” Vought said the statement was not “Islamophobic,”

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