Bernie Sanders got Christian theology wrong. But he’s right about Islamophobia.

In an unfortunate exchange during a confirmation hearing last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) stepped on a land mine of religious liberty and Christian theology. He challenged a Budget Office nominee’s belief that “Muslims … stand condemned,” a statement taken from a blog post he had written about “the centrality of Christ” for a religious magazine during a controversy at his alma mater, Wheaton College. Nominee Russell Vought had been a professor at Wheaton, and he ventured into the question of Muslim vs. Christian theology when a conflict was sparked by a Christian female professor who decided to wear a hijab as an act of solidarity with Muslims under attack in the United States, a gesture many of us supported. After a lengthy and heated debate, the professor, Larycia Hawkins, left Wheaton.

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