The Constitution was written to put restraints on government. These are known as enumerated powers. Generally, any power not specifically given to the Federal government is reserved to the states.
A lot of people think that our rights come from the Federal government, but that’s simply not true. The US Constitution prohibits the Federal government from infringing on our rights; our pre-existing inalienable rights. The rights that were so basic, we went to war against the world’s most powerful empire to preserve them.
That is why the 2nd Amendment reads that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Freedom of religion is another key individual right protected in the Constitution. Congress shall make no law “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Your religious beliefs are none of the Federal government’s business.
But that isn’t the only place in the Constitution that freedom of religion is mentioned. Article VI, Section 3 also states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
That’s pretty cut and dry.
Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) apparently flunked reading comprehension in school because during Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearing, Booker decided to impose a religious test.
In June of 2015, Mike Pompeo headlined the “God and Country Rally” at Wichita’s Summit Church. During his speech (in the church), Pompeo said America had worshipped other Gods and called it multiculturalism. We’d endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.”
The statement was actually quoting a pastor named Joe Wright.
Now, whether you agree with that statement or not, individuals have the right to religious beliefs. Pompeo’s faith tells him that homosexuality is anathema. That doesn’t give him the right to openly discriminate against someone for being gay, but he is free to believe it.
And those religious beliefs have nothing to do with becoming the Secretary of State. The Founders put Article VI, Section 3 into the constitution to make sure that someone’s religious beliefs could not be used to deny them the ability to serve their country.
And yet, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee did just that. Cory Booker invoked Pompeo’s faith and questioned him on it during a confirmation hearing.
Booker decided to put the debate to rest by clarifying that he does believe that Pompeo’s faith disqualifies him.
The views of our leaders matter—and Mike Pompeo's strong position against marriage equality & millions of LGBTQ Americans in particular is disturbing.
At a time when hate speech and hate actions are on the rise, we can't have a Secretary of State who holds such divisive views. pic.twitter.com/7lGEC8Tx71
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) April 12, 2018
Booker is literally saying that Pompeo’s religious faith should disqualify him from holding an “office of public trust.”
A Sitting Senator brazenly violated Article VI Section 3 of the Constitution and the media isn’t even batting an eyelash.
But this is honestly par for the course. We live in a world where Democrats believe there is a hate speech exemption in the 1st Amendment (there isn’t), that the right to keep and bear arms only refers to the National Guard (it doesn’t), and that Trump should be forced to sell all his properties in order to comply with the Emoluments Clause (he shouldn’t).
So, it should come as no surprise that liberals are cheering Booker’s decision to implement a religious test in a confirmation hearing.