There are plenty of liberals who don’t care that there’s a constitutional prohibition on religious tests for serving in any public office. Senator Bernie Sanders proved that in June, and Senator Dianne Feinstein proved it again in her bizarre interrogation of Catholic law professor Amy Coney Barrett, who Feinstein berated during a confirmation hearing for the U.S. Court of Appeals.
“Whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different. And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for years in this country,” she said, according to The Washington Post.
And now, another nominee for a position within the federal government is facing criticism for daring to be Christian, and it’s not just by one person — it’s by a mass of “intellectuals.”
A story from Buzzfeed News brought attention to the fact that Dr. Michael Dourson, President Donald Trump’s pick for Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety and pollution prevention office head, writes science-Bible stories — stories in which he matches scientific findings with Biblical text.
“It also seems that he may read the Bible literally.” The horror.
Corbin Hiar, a reporter for E&E News, took jabs at his religion on more than one occasion.
“Dourson’s writing on Christianity embraces scientific uncertainty,” Hiar claimed in a piece written Oct. 4.
He then uses CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network Mitch Hescox to try to imply Dourson’s faith would negatively affect his decisions.
“Faith is a matter of belief,” Hescox said according to Hiar. “Science, on the other hand, is hopefully viewed with a rational mind and an unbiased measuring the numbers and measuring of the chemicals and then making an informed decision by what the results tell you, not on a personal belief structure.”
Hiar then states that Dourson seems to be a proponent of intelligent design, as if that is some disqualifier for public office.
“Dourson’s writing also seems to suggest a belief in the theory of intelligent design, which uses God to explain phenomena for which scientists haven’t found definitive answers.”
Hiar, like everyone else on this earth, is welcome to disagree with Dourson’s scientific beliefs and actions.
But the idea that Dr. Michael Dourson should or not be confirmed because of his religious belief is unconstitutional and un-American.
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