by WorldTribune Staff, April 16, 2018
Sen. Corey Booker said he will vote against Mike Pompeo’s nomination for secretary of state, citing the CIA director’s Christian beliefs on homosexual conduct and the biblical definition of marriage.
The New Jersey Democrat, in an April 13 Facebook post, said “I believe you can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people.” Booker then quotes several Bible verses he believes Pompeo is not living up to.
Booker also brought up religion during questioning at Pompeo’s April 12 confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, referring to Pompeo’s biblical stance on gay marriage while serving in the House of Representatives.
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.”
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 also stated: “What does it mean that we elevate a man to be our Secretary of State — 4th in line to the presidency — who believes that a gay youth is a perversion?”
“This is essentially imposing a religious test on officers of the United States, something explicitly forbidden by Article VI of the Constitution,” Prof. John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, told Breitbart News.
Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states: “No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office of public Trust under the United States.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), told Breitbart News:
“Demanding a loyalty oath to Sen. Booker’s determination of which beliefs are acceptable isn’t what this country is about; indeed, it’s what we fought for independence from. We should celebrate that we are a nation that not only allows but encourages every American to hold and express their beliefs – including their religious beliefs – without fear of retribution by the government.”