Rousseau, Sanders, and the Religious Test
During last year’s presidential election campaign, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a latecomer to the Democratic Party, positioned himself as a voice for the downtrodden against big moneyed interests, something that many Americans, especially the young, found deeply attractive. In so doing, Sanders drew on a deep tradition of social justice with biblical roots, as evidenced in his
powerful address to Liberty University
two years ago. Recognizing that “t
here is no justice when so few have so much
and so many have so little,” he laudably demonstrated his concern for the economically disadvantaged in our society. However, judging from his questioning earlier this month of Russell Vought, the president’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sanders appears not to understand that there is no justice where religious liberty lacks protection.