During Mike Pompeo’s Senate hearing to determine whether he was selected as Trump’s new pick to serve as Secretary of State, senators grilled him over various questions. Some of the questions, the White House suggests, should make Christians feel uneasy.
According to Todd Starnes, Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, questioned Pompeo about his religious beliefs, suggesting that he was unfit for the job. Specifically, he asked him about same-sex marriage.
BOOKER: “Is being gay a perversion?”
POMPEO: “Senator, when I was a politician, I had a very clear view on whether it was appropriate for two same-sex persons to marry. I stand by that,” Pompeo replied.
BOOKER: “So, you do not believe that it’s appropriate for two gay people to marry?”
POMPEO: “Senator, I continue to hold that view.”
Booker then grilled him further, asking him more pointed questions. Again, they targeted his beliefs on gay marriage.
“You believe that gay sex is a perversion? Yes or no,” demanded Booker. “Yes or no? Do you believe gay sex is a perversion?”
Pompeo responded again, saying, “Senator, I’m going to give you the same answer I just gave you previously. My respect for every individual, regardless of sexual orientation, is the same.”
The hearing went on from there, but not without stirring the outrage of Christians. According to Starnes, thousands of people have already signed a petition to urge the Senate to reject Booker’s religious test.
According to CBN News, leaders of faith are accusing Booker of violating the US Constitution – specifically Article IV which states, “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office of public trust under the United States.”
“The cold, hard reality,” Starnes writes on his webpage, “is there are some in Congress who believe that Christians who believe in the Biblical definition of marriage should not be allowed to bake cakes, sell wedding dresses, own flower shops or become secretary of state. … It’s becoming increasingly difficult for people of the Christian faith to practice their religion in the public marketplace. Religious liberty is under attack.”
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