Senator Bernie Sanders criticized a White House nominee Wednesday over an article he wrote that appeared to defame the Muslim faith.

During the nomination hearing, the Vermont senator called out Russell Vought, who is up for deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, for an article he penned for The Resurgent in January 2016. In it, Vought wrote: “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.”

Vought, who attended Wheaton College, wrote the piece in response to a professor from that institution who said Muslims and Christians worship the same god.

Sanders took umbrage with the article, saying the specific phrase “deficient theology” had “bothered” him, and he asked Vought if he thought that statement was Islamophobic.

Vought responded “absolutely not” and said he was writing to defend his alma mater and his faith.

Sanders then asked if Muslims and Jews around the country stand “condemned.” Before Vought could completely respond, the senator began shouting: “I understand you are a Christian, but this country are made of people who are not just—I understand that Christianity is the majority religion, but there are other people of different religions in this country and around the world. In your judgment, do you think that people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?” Sanders asked, according to a transcript in the National Review.



Yearn for Bern Is Strong Among Young Muslims

maxresdefault(CN) – As Michigan Democrats hit the polls Tuesday, endorsements from the state’s considerable Muslim and Arab communities continue to pile up for the Jewish senator backed overwhelmingly by young voters.

In Bernie Sanders’ home state of Vermont, only 2 percent of the population practice Judaism, and not even a tenth of 1 percent practice Islam, according to the state’s most recent Pew poll.

That hasn’t stopped Sanders from landing the endorsements of the first Muslim congressman, the largest Arab-American newspaper and a prominent Palestinian-American activist.

Sanders’ message has resonated among young Muslims in particular, as shown by the poll touted last week by the Council for American-Islamic Relations.

After polling nearly 2,000 Muslim voters, CAIR found that 78 percent of Muslims between the ages of 18 and 24 favored Sanders, more than three and a half times the number favoring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Though Clinton led among Muslim voters of all ages – 47 percent to Sanders’ 25 percent – CAIR said “support for Sanders may actually be higher because its poll surveyed more voters over the age of 45.”

Discussing the results in a phone interview, CAIR’s government affairs director Robert McCaw said Clinton has an advantage among immigrant voters, who have known her name since the 1990s.

As with young voters around the country of other faiths, including no faith, who have rallied around the senator’s platform of loan forgiveness, universal health care and free college tuition, McCaw said young Muslims share the Sanders campaign’s “more idealistic approach to the social safety net.”

“To be another racial and religious minority running for office, I think especially young Muslims can identify with that,” he added.