Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and I do not share the same faith, but we do share the same passionate belief about defending religious liberty.
Lee is the most intellectual conservative serving in the Senate today (it’s a close race between he and Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Rand Paul of Kentucky), and he often reminds the Chamber of the importance of our history and of the Constitution. His defense of religious liberty is partially due to his love of the Constitution, but it’s also because of his faith and its history of persecution. Lee is a Mormon, a group of people who were chased halfway across the country for their religious beliefs, and he understands what can happen when the government stands against a religion and its followers.
Today, Lee defends the religious freedoms of Mormons, Christians, and Muslims alike. He’s doing so by standing with the Christian baker in Colorado against the oppressive local and state governments (and the courts). And he’s doing so in the Senate by standing to warn the Democrat Party that if they don’t stop their attack on people of faith – the majority of Americans will turn against their party.
This past week we told you about Democrats’ ugly attack on a Catholic judicial nominee, and we reminded you about a similarly vicious attack on a Protestant Trump nominee from earlier in the summer.
In fact, over the last few months no less than five different Democrat Senators have argued in open hearings that Christians, who believe Christian teaching, SHOULD NOT be allowed to hold public offices.
Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) have all explained in their own words how believing Christians were unfit to hold public office.
It’s these folks and other Democrat politicians who may agree with them, that Lee recently chastised in an important speech from the Senate floor.
“Our country’s ban on religious tests is a strong bulwark for religious freedom. As an original provision of the Constitution, it predates even the Bill of Rights, and it applies not just to some religious adherents, but to all of them, equally,” he said in a speech on the Senate floor.
“At a minimum, this body can do its part by respecting the constitutional rights of citizens who come before it. Lest we forget, we work for them, not the other way around,” he said.
The reason the Constitution forbids religious tests for office, Lee warns, is so that Americans of all faiths feel invited to serve their country. When you tell a nominee it’s “of concern” that the “dogma lives loudly within” her, you’re telling devout Catholics that their government doesn’t fully trust them. Americans feel alienated enough from their leaders as is, Lee notes, that Congress should take special care not to add religious alienation to the mix.
Thank you Senator Lee for standing up for people of faith and for reminding the Democrats of their duty to defend the Constitution. Religious liberty is of utmost importance and the left obviously needs to be reminded of this fact.