With my gratitude to The Babylon Bee for allowing me their platform, I would like to clarify a few things about my recent interrogation of Russell Vought, President Trump’s pick for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, who appeared before the Senate Budget Committee for a confirmation hearing Wednesday.
Let me stress that I am not against Christianity; I am not anti-Christian in any respect. Christianity is the majority religion in America, and I have great respect for the faith and people who engage in it responsibly.
The problem with Mr. Vought is that he practices his Christian faith in an irresponsible manner by believing and espousing that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven, and those who reject the Savior “stand condemned.” This orthodox line of thinking is outrageous. I think we can all agree that it is perfectly OK for public servants to be Christians, as long as they do not believe Christian things.
It’s fine for folks in government to identify as Christians, but when it gets to a point where they’re actually believing basic Christian concepts like salvation being through Christ alone—that’s just totally unacceptable. There is no place in public office for a Christian who believes elementary doctrine that all Christians have believed for 2,000 years.
What kind of extremist Christian believes things that Jesus clearly and explicitly taught? A Christian freely believing the words of Christ? This is not what our country is supposed to be about.
To posit that Muslims deny Jesus and therefore do not know God—as Trump’s man did—my friends, that is blatant, egregious Islamophobia. If you don’t agree, just try turning the tables. You would never catch a Muslim saying exclusive things such as “Islam is the only way,” “those who reject Allah will be condemned,” or “Christians are infidels!”
The extreme views of Russell Vought cannot be tolerated. If you disagree with me or my worldview, then, in my opinion, you stand condemned.