Family Research Council Launches Petition for Apology from Bernie Sanders for Religious Attack

June 11, 2017

SandersThe Family Research Council has launched a petition drive seeking an apology from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for his remarks about Russell Vought, President Donald Trump’s nominee for deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee on Wednesday.

More than 35,000 people have signed the petition letter to Sanders, which says, in part: “Our Constitution guarantees there will be no religious litmus test. Americans should never be forced to choose between their faith and public service.”

During the hearing Sanders didn’t ask Vought about his financial expertise but questioned his belief that salvation is found alone through Jesus Christ, a belief expressed in a column he wrote last year.

Sanders quoted the column and this exchange followed:

Sanders: “‘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?”

60 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Roy Fredrichsen says:

    Don’t worry about Sanders. He’s too busy with his wifes’ lawyers over her real estate law suit and doesn’t have time for anything else.

  • Herschel Weintraub says:

    What Bernie said was very appropriate. FRC works overtime to find things they claim to be religious persecution. Virtually everything they come up with has no basis in reality. What happened here is that the nominee is clearly Islamophobic. He states that since they do not believe in Christ, that Muslims are condemned. This is clearly Islamophobic and a person with those beliefs does not belong in government. The same statement from the nominee could be said about Jews or any other non-Christian. Bernie is doing his best to prevent America from becoming a Christian theocracy. America is not​ and never has been a Christian nation. America is a secular nation.

    1. Rodney Steward says:

      Dear sick puppy, Islam is a death Cult, and because you’re an atheist doesn’t mean everyone is!!

      1. Glenda Jordan says:

        These morons don’t see the big pic here..Christians have long been persecuted (it gets worse day by day in the US) but under Islam their atheist ass is going down no different…infidel is infidel. Ol’ Bern violated article VI of the Constitution…an apology won’t cut it!! He needs to be more than censured. Our Constitution has been under assault and it’s time we hold these people accountable or their nonsense continues to its demise.

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          Exactly, OL’ Bern needs to Burn, the whole Dem party has turned anti-American, they’ve went crazy as a bat!

          1. Worried Vet says:

            And then some. Bat crap crazy is what I call it. I hope they keep it up and in 18 the GOP will have majorities in both houses and won’t need the nuclear option. I hope they continue to destroy the very left wing if their party. In the process they will bring down members who are left and middle. Then maybe this country will improve and the debt will go down. I just hope there is time, since Obama left us to the point we may have to go to war with N. Korea. It could be the start of WWIII. And who knows what side Russia will be on. It’s a mess and we can’t afford another war, we don’t have the money, manpower or equipment.

          2. Herschel Weintraub says:

            If indeed you are a vet, thank you for your service. However, your comment about Obama and N Korea is laughable. Trump is the one that has antagonized N Korea as well as all of our allies around the world. Our military spends more money that all other countries combined. We are very well equipped. You are listening to the war-monger Republicans too much. All they care about is lining their pockets with money from the military contractors. They could care less about America or you.

        2. Herschel Weintraub says:

          Bernie simply objected to the gross Islamophobic writings of Vaught. That is not in violation of ANY part of the Constitution. Stop reading only the headlines of your conservative lying sources. Get some real information before you spread lies and distortions.

          1. Glenda Jordan says:

            Hey Hersch get your head out of your ass and take a look around fool!! You need to stop spreading the lies of the lefty/commie news media!! And for the record I agree w/ the writings of Vaught-guess that makes me Islamophobic also…and I’ll wear that label proudly!!

          2. Herschel Weintraub says:

            At least you admit to be Islamophobic. That is un-American, however. Your religion is not the only religion. Hatred towards people who do not believe the way you do is in violation of your scriptures

      2. metheoldsarge says:

        He may not be Jewish by practice but he is Jewish by birth. That is all the Muslims will care about if Sharia Law takes over. If or when that happens, he will have out lived his usefulness and it’s under the bus for him.

        1. Worried Vet says:

          Your right and people like him and hillary, Lizzy, Harry, the LGBT will be sorry they defend terrorist because their Muslim. Sharia law won’t work in this country period and maybe people who defend it need to go to Iran and practice what they defend. It’s an oxymoron to me that any woman, LGBT member, and other religions can defend Sharia with a straight face. No common sense is the only reason I can think of.

          1. Herschel Weintraub says:

            Who in America defends Sharia Law? Where do you get this crap?

          2. Worried Vet says:

            Your blind to the truth. Hillary, Bernie, Lizzy, Harry, Chuck, and many others continue to protect Islam when a terrorist attack happens. They lie and twist the facts and say things like they need love and jobs to stop being killers. I block trolls who don’t take the time to research facts that are not on CNN or Fox. There are several sites that try to be fair and honest and not pushing conspiracy theories like CNN or mnsbc. People like Rachel Maddow who seems to be edited over any news fake or real that will get Trump out is no way to do the news. I won’t wait for a response sorry but I don’t have time to waste on trolls, soon we will be homeless and there is no hope of getting help let alone being online. I’ve always wondered how homeless people can afford cars and nice phones and clothes and still get a HUD voucher. This is what liberals push and they condone fraud to get votes. Take some time and come down from that cloud your on and go to your local housing office and just watch. You might be shocked where your tax money goes if you pay any. I didn’t know until bad things started happening. I worked and paid taxes over 45 years and for what? To help agencies to condone fraud and not do what they were set up to do. I’m amazed at how many are blind and I woke up because of my situation. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone but if that’s what it takes for people to wake up and see exactly what’s going on then so be it. The sad facts are if it happens where the common people find out it will be to late. You can bet your butt the elites won’t suffer only us blind people who believed they actually cared about us.

        2. Rodney Steward says:

          Great comment M., see what the Bible says about the Jews right now about Jews, and I believe in the Bible and that the Jews are God’s chosen people!! REV 2:9

          1. Worried Vet says:

            Amen and your correct. I have had several conversations with the ones who knock on my door asking if I know the truth. I tell them yes and proceed to tell them. They are lost every time because they have no way to argue the facts. I don’t use names because I have family who have been taken in by what I call a cult. The force their members to buy things and go out and tell the truth. When my wife and I lost our oldest son, we had been raised in a Baptist it Methodist Church. We talked and tried to understand every type of religion we could think of. We searched for answers why God would allow a two year old to die. We never did get a direct answer. It’s amazing how many men and women of God sound like a politician and avoid a direct answer. We didn’t find what we were looking for, but we did find our faith. That was almost 40 years ago and we waiver some but we always come back.

          2. Rodney Steward says:

            That was great Vet, and so sorry about your son, losing a child is so much more different than almost anything! I had a best friend that lost his son and that was awful!! But God always has a reason for everything I’ve always been told, but it still doesn’t make it any easier to take! I lost my father 2 years ago yesterday and it still hurts a lot, and he was retired military! But we all have to go through the cycle of life as the American Indians say!! 🙂

          3. Worried Vet says:

            It hurts and it don’t seem to be easier with time. My wife and I still have faith and the last two years it’s been very hard to keep faith. We lost our son in 1978 that was bad enough, then 03/29/15 our 20 year old grandson committed suicide by running in front of a train. We lost our oldest son and then our oldest grandson faith in God’s plan has been tough. 15 was a very bad year and since then it’s been tough. I wonder why we have to go through the things we are losing family then now our home and health seems to go with it. If we didn’t think God has a reason we would be crazy. Faith is what holds it together.

          4. Rodney Steward says:

            My goodness Vet, you and family have been pushed really hard, but maybe we’re being prepared for what is about to take place! Like you, just 3 months before my father died my mother had a stroke and has had 2 more since then and I basically lost both parents in a 3 month span, mother is still alive and sharp, but pretty well bed ridden! I stayed all day today and have to stay tomorrow, but it’s mom and will do anything for her and want to keep her as long as I can, but she’s getting so tired of the way she has to live! I don’t get any help from my brother that still thinks he’s 16 years old and wants to play all the time and he lives with her, all that matters to him is drinking and keeping up his crack whore daughter!! Yes brother, we’re all being tested and in different ways, but like you said, Faith is what holds it together!! 🙂

          5. Worried Vet says:

            I know what’s your going through. My wife’s mother had a stroke and got much better but then had the second one while in the hospital and never recovered from it. We had her at home for over a year and took care of her. We didn’t trust a nursing home, and didn’t have the money for a real good one. I was with her when she passed, she had been on hospice for a few days. We knew it wouldn’t be long and she had been like my own mother since my wife and I had been married close to 40 years. I stayed with her because I wanted to and my wife and daughter had to leave. They had been through enough I thought. She was a special woman and old fashioned, she even took my side some when my wife and. I argued. I lost my mom 2009 and I felt blessed since I had her around for a long time. My dad made it two more years almost to the day. He was a wwii vet and. Never talked about his service in the pacific. He did talk about being in Europe some since he served under general Patton for a short time. My dad and several uncles is why I felt I should join and not be drafted. It’s been a tradition I guess for generations back to the revolution. Life is tough and faith is what keeps us going. We have been tested for some time and things are still very bad. Soon we might not be able to post anything for a while. I’ve made posts about how the government helps refugees and illegals much more than veterans. It don’t do much to complain, but I was upset because I’ve never asked veterans for help, never used my GI BILL because I was married. I know your right God is testing us for what’s coming at least I feel like you do. I just pray the test is over soon and we pass. Thanks.

          6. Rodney Steward says:

            Like you Vet,I come from a looong line of military people, like you I felt like it was my duty to do my time also! You’re one he$$ of a man Vet, and glad to have you as a friend, and we’re going to make!! 🙂 Happy Father’s Day!!!

          7. Worried Vet says:

            Thanks and I feel the same, happy fathers day to you.

          8. Rodney Steward says:

            Thanks Friend!! 🙂

      3. Herschel Weintraub says:

        You are jumping to conclusions based on no facts or data. Virtually all Muslims are kind, peace-loving people. You appear to be a bigot.

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          Listen, I don’t want to hear data and conclusions, I WANT FACTS!! You can blow smoke up everybody’s butt, but W-H-Y do you N-E-V-E-R see any of the so called G-O-O-D muslims on the streets protesting the bad!! Because their mosquie have told them different, and the mosque are their armories! Call me a bigot all you want, how many years have you pulled in the military, SIR!

          1. Herschel Weintraub says:

            How many Christians were in the streets when so called Christians murdered abortion doctors and bombed and burned planned parenthood offices? Your arguments do not hold water. I have worked with Muslims, members of the LGBTQ community and other groups. They are wonderful people. If you want to broad brush all Muslims because of a relative few radicals, then I should be able to broad brush all Christians because of the actions of a few.

            Your comments reflect serious islamophobia. It is attitudes like yours that are tearing America apart

          2. Rodney Steward says:

            One place was there a killing, and he wasn’t a Christian, he was a paid activist and by whom I don’t have a clue! And if you fool around with Queers and muslims, their basically the same thing, he$$ bound fools, and islam is Satans army! Have you ever read any of the Koran, here check out these fine points of islam and this is taught at all mosque,- 2:191, – 2:193, – 2:244 , -2:2:216, – 3:21, – 3:151, – 4:76, – 5:33, – 8:12, – 8:60, – 8:65, – 9:5, – 9:123, – 22:19, – 47:4, such a peaceful CULT!

          3. Herschel Weintraub says:

            A relative, who is a devout Christian, spent decades picketing Planned Parenthood clinics and harassing women who were going in for care. All of you folks disavow anyone who does something bad as not being a Christian. It is getting old. You also claim that every evil doer was paid by someone.

            Get a life. See the world for what it really is. Don’t hate everyone that you deem inferior because of their religious beliefs or other reasons.

            Do you know any Muslims? I do. They are wonderful people. You lump the radical few with the vast majority.

            If you look at your own scriptures, the wording may be different (potentially due to the many translations and rewrites by the Romans and others), but the message is the same. You will burn in hell if you do not believe in Jesus. How is that any different than what you claim Islam stands for? Every religion has its evil side. You just tend to ignore those of your own religion while broadcasting what you perceive (as a non Muslim) as Islamic doctrine.

            You claim to be a religious person, yet scripture states that you should not judge others, you should love your neighbor as yourself, and many other commandments. Yet you use derogatory terms toward the LGBTQ community, towards Muslims, and others. How does that make you a good person? In the view of many, it does not.

          4. Rodney Steward says:

            That’s fine with me!! 🙂

          5. Kol says:

            They say opposites attract. I hope you meet someone who is good-looking, intelligent, and cultured.

          6. Rodney Steward says:

            I did and married her 20 years ago, love those Red Heads! We fish together, hunt together, go shooting together, she’s one he$$ of a shooter, I’ve got her shooting long range with me and others, and I have my own pistol range here at the house!

          7. Rodney Steward says:

            Pred 🙂

          8. Kol says:


          9. Rodney Steward says:

            Happy Father’s Day to you too, Kol-Aid!

          10. Kol says:

            Just because you have one doesn’t mean you have to act like one.

          11. Rodney Steward says:

            I lost my Father 2 years ago, retired military! The best father a person could have and he was the reason for me going into the military!

          12. Kol says:

            Don’t ask me if I care. Yawwwwwnnnn.

          13. Kol says:

            There is no such here.

          14. Rodney Steward says:

            I bet there is no Mother’s Day in that group is there!

          15. Kol says:

            More bigotry?

          16. Rodney Steward says:

            Just more truth you can’t accept!

          17. Kol says:

            Makes no sense at all… try again, durak.

    2. Worried Vet says:

      I don’t know where you went to school, but the founding fathers were Christians and the bill of rights and our constitution have many lines dealing with Christian morals. Maybe you don’t want to know better. I’ve seen people like you and it’s amazing how many pray in bad times, like being in a fox hole, or in a ship being shot at. God is real and maybe try praying and you will find out.

      1. Herschel Weintraub says:

        The founding fathers were mainly Deists, not Christians. What Bernie’s comments were about is the FACT that Vought is Islamophobic and published the following material:

        “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology,” Vought wrote. “They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned. ”

        This is Islamophobic. This person has no right to serve in the government when he holds these disgusting views and condemns all non-Christians. FRC has condemned everyone who is not a Christian.

        All Muslims are NOT terrorists. FACT. You are broad brushing billions of people because of a radical relatively small group of terrorists. I stand by my statement. You and most people on this blog are WRONG. Bernie has done nothing wrong. Vought is the person you should be condemning and demanding an apology from.

        1. Worried Vet says:

          Bernie is a socialist, and socialism don’t work period. History has proven it won’t work. It has also proven there is no place for Christian beliefs, because of morals. You don’t lock up or kill anyone against you. Islam teaches that anyone who don’t convert must die, so I don’t consider that a moral faith. As long as we allow this to keep happening this country will change for the worse. England is becoming a cesspool because of open borders and allowing over 80 Sharia courts. Sharia has no place in a free society period. It goes against everything this country stands for. I am one of the poorest people on here and I still don’t believe that government should share the wealth. I’ve seen in my life where generations of families live on welfare, and think it’s normal. I’ve also seen billions in fraud because they get help and live a way better life style than welfare provides. I’ve seen billions in fraud with the EIC credit where people share kids and social security numbers. When liberal say illegals pay taxes there wrong for the most part. They file taxes sure and with fake numbers and claim several children and get a huge check back from taxpayers. I’ve seem fraud with Medicaid and many other types and what’s strange is they don’t prosecute very much. You know why and I’ve heard this line from all types of people in charge. Their scared of being sued over being a racist. That’s pretty bad when that happens because it costs everyone who is honest and does their Part. Myself I think it stinks to high heaven and needs to stop. The sad thing is it will only will get worse as long as this PC crap is allowed to rule out country. When I start seeing liberals giving all their money to help people and that’s everyone, or help stop global warming which means they practice what they preach maybe then I will think things are getting better. This do as I say and not as I do didn’t work when I was a child and it sure as hell don’t work now. Grown people with common sense don’t follow anyone blindly, not without making sure that person is what they claim to be.

  • Bob says:

    Just think, libbies – had not the Clinton Crime Family fixed the primary, this would have been your nominee. Not that he’s any better or worse then the fool nominated, but you would have to answer to outbursts like this. (Not that you have ever had to answer for one dang thing said by any liberal politician)

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  • Scorpion says:

    You are an IDIOT Bernie. You can by a 1 way ticket to any country outside of the USA. Good riddance Mr. Socialist.

    1. Anouk says:

      YEP! Send this idiot and his crooked wife to Venezuela. Perfect socialist place for both of them.

      1. Rodney Steward says:

        Sander’s wife is looking at prison time where she bankrupted that college she was over! Made a so called bad investment and millions $$$$ were gone and the college shut down!! Now she’s in DEEP trouble!!

        1. MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

          He can move to Cuba and visit her at Gitmo.

          1. Rodney Steward says:

            He may be with her, this happened before he started his campaign for President!!:-)

        2. Anouk says:

          I hope she goes to jail. Who knows with these leftists.
          Sugar daddy Soros is always around to bail them.
          We are still waiting for Hillary and Huma wearing an orange suit!!! So…what ‘s next.

          1. Rodney Steward says:

            I agree, if Soros was gone, the Dem. party would be totally different, but I’m afraid Hellary will never be in orange!

          2. Worried Vet says:

            Soros is old but he has trained his son to carry on after he’s gone. It’s up to people with common sense to keep liberals from doing what they have wanted since LBJ. We must help POTUS and his team to drain the swamp, and that means getting both parties out that want to keep the status quo.

          3. Rodney Steward says:

            I’m with you 100% , we’ve got to do our best to do our part, but every trick in the book will be used on Trump as it has been already! Soros is going to the limits to keep constant chaos going, he’s still pissed about Hellary!

      2. Worried Vet says:

        Yes him and Nancy, Lizzy, Chuck, Harry, Hillary, bill and all the others that think Venezuela is a great place to live, and people like Castro are great guys. They copy them because they want to be just like them when they grow up.b

        1. Anouk says:

          So, why these jerks are not moving to their dream communist country and leave We the People free to rebuild our own country with the help of President Trump.
          So many of Hollywood celebrities wanted to move to Canada or other countries when President Trump was elected.
          But…none of them moved. They made their money here in the United States and they want to continue to get all the $$$$$$$$$$$ they could to suck from their gullible admirers here in the great America.
          I wish they just disappeared once for all and move to a communist country where they could be soooooo happy!

          1. Worried Vet says:

            They won’t move. They want socialism because it won’t affect them, so they think. It’s a fact that when a government becomes socialist rich people move then to protect their money. If they stopped living in a bubble then maybe they can see what real life is.

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