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Bernie Sanders, the Left, Christianity and the Constitution

John Kass

Source: Chicago Tribune

June 22, 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, questions Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney during a hearing May 25, 2017 in Washington, D.C. In a separate hearing, Sanders had pointed questions for Russell Vought, a devout Christian and the president's nominee for deputy director in the Office of Management and Budget. (Win McNamee / Getty Images) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, questions Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney during a hearing May 25, 2017 in Washington, D.C. In a separate hearing, Sanders had pointed questions for Russell Vought, a devout Christian and the president's nominee for deputy director in the Office of Management and Budget. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

Independence Day is almost here and, naturally, many are planning those Fourth of July barbecues.

By tradition, Americans will burn some meat and eat cob corn and drink beer. Some of us might even talk politics.

Not religion, though.

Americans don't like talking about religion, even at extended family gatherings like Fourth of July barbecues. Talking about religion is as uncomfortable for moderns as talking out loud about sin, or the nature of thought crimes.

What if someone hears you?

So it's rather doubtful that your barbecue guests will bring up Bernie Sanders and his religious test for Christians in public office.

Instead, we'll wipe rib sauce from our lips with red-white-and-blue paper napkins as some precocious eighth-grade niece or nephew mentions the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Another guest may offer bromides about the land of the free.

But not many will want to talk about what Bernie Sanders said.

Those who don't know won't care. Those who do know might avoid talking about it, because it may make people uncomfortable.

It happened a few weeks ago, in Washington, during a Senate confirmation hearing for Russell Vought, a devout Christian and the president's nominee for deputy director in the Office of Management and Budget.

Read the rest here.

John Kass

Chicago Tribune

22 / 06 / 2017

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