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Political Editors / Jan. 19, 2019

Sasse Leads Senate in Condemning Religious Bigotry

Senate passes resolution condemning religious bigotry after a couple of senators target a Catholic.

One of the few bipartisan issues that the Senate has been able to come together and agree upon was a resolution Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced this week. Following a concerning trend in which judicial nominees have been questioned for their religious affiliations by lawmakers, Sasses acted to quell this blatant and unconstitutional anti-religious bigotry.

Sasse explained his reasoning: “There are many people on the left who act like every political fight is going to bring about heaven or hell on earth — and so there are a lot of folks for whom politics is a religion. I think America at its best has affirmed the dignity of every individual and their right to free speech, free press, and freedom of worship.”

While Sasse never singled out any senator, it was clear given recent events that his resolution was intended as a rebuke of Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), who recently sent questions to judicial nominee Brian Buescher in which they expressed virulent anti-religious bigotry over his membership in the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal service organization of the Roman Catholic Church.

Basing his resolution on Article VI of the Constitution, it reads, “It is the sense of the Senate that disqualifying a nominee to federal office on the basis of membership in the Knights of Columbus violates the Constitution of the United States.”

Sasse’s actions are both timely and necessary as the open bigotry against religion, specifically Christianity, is growing in the American culture broadly and within the halls of government. For example, just this week, the mainstream media blasted Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, Karen, for daring to take a job working at a Christian school that holds to traditional Biblical standards on sexuality. Stay tuned on that one.

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