We live in a time when our basic constitutional rights are being redefined. This is a time when free speech can be seen as a crime and when sincerely held religious conviction could be enough of a reason to disqualify an individual from public office. A perfect example of this happened just last week during a Senate confirmation hearing.
Last week, former Heritage Action Vice President of Grassroots and Policy, Russ Vought, had his Senate confirmation hearing for the position of Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget in President Trump’s administration.
In his hearing, Russ – who has a reputation as a principled conservative, well-equipped and favored for the position for which he was nominated – came under fire from Senator Bernie Sanders–not for his qualifications, but for his Christian convictions.
According to Article VI of the Constitution, “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
As this report by the Daily Signal points out:
Religious tests for holding public office are banned in the Constitution and go against the very core of the American tradition.
But you wouldn’t have learned that on Wednesday listening to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as he questioned Russ Vought, the nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.
His questioning of Vought was nothing less than theological interrogation, and in the end, excoriation.
Watch the exchange between Sanders and Vought below:
Russ has been with our sister organization, Heritage Action, since it’s inception in 2010. Russ’ wife, Mary, currently works for The Heritage Foundation and his family has been a significant part of the Heritage family for years.
In his role at Heritage Action, he oversaw the building and management of America’s leading conservative grassroots activist army that keeps Congress accountable to the American people. We are extremely thankful for Russ’ leadership at Heritage Action and for his courageous conservative stance.
Why do you think Article VI’s requirement that no religious test be required as a qualification for public office is important? Did Senator Sanders violate Article VI in his questioning?