By Shawn Rice
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) proposing a bill requiring all Christians who hold public office to wear a scarlet cross identifying them as “hateful bigots” is fake news. A story inspired by Sanders’ antagonistic questioning of President Donald Trump’s appointee Russell Vought falsely reports that the senator proposed a “Hateful Bigot Identification Act.”
Where did this fake news originate? Babylon Bee published the article on June 10, 2017, appearing to report that Sanders had proposed a bill requiring Christian public servants to sport a “scarlet cross” identifying their religion. You can read text from that story below.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Bernie Sanders is doubling down on his condemnation of Christians holding public office as “hateful.” According to reports from within the U.S. Senate, the Senator from Vermont proposed a bill Friday that would force Christians holding any kind of public office to wear a visible scarlet cross on their clothing at all times, in order to clearly identify themselves as hateful bigots.Dubbed the Hateful Bigot Identification Act, the bill would require anyone believing in salvation through Christ alone to wear the cross, in order that co-workers and citizens could immediately identify and disregard the opinions of the disgusting, backwards, religious public servants.
However, no such legislation was actually proposed. The Babylon Bee is a satirical web site whose slogan reads: “The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.”
According to Snopes, the fake story about Sanders was prompted the heated questioning of Vought, Trump’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, during a confirmation hearing. Sanders took issue with statements Vought made about Muslims in January 2016.
Sanders: You 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.” Do you believe that that statement is Islamophobic?
Vought: Absolutely not, Senator. I’m a Christian, and I believe in a Christian set of principles based on my faith. That post, as I stated in the questionnaire to this committee, was to defend my alma mater, Wheaton College, a Christian school that has a statement of faith that includes the centrality of Jesus Christ for salvation, and —
Sanders: I apologize. Forgive me, we just don’t have a lot of time. Do you believe people in the Muslim religion stand condemned? Is that your view?
Vought: Again, Senator, I’m a Christian, and I wrote that piece in accordance with the statement of faith at Wheaton College.
Sanders: I understand that. I don’t know how many Muslims there are in America. Maybe a couple million. Are you suggesting that all those people stand condemned? What about Jews? Do they stand condemned too?
Vought: Senator, I’m a Christian —
Sanders (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 Go to the full article.
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