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BY: Jeffrey Cimmino   Follow @jeffcimmino
February 8, 2019 4:00 pm

Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah) called out Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday for questioning nominees about the particulars of their religious beliefs.

"The problem with asking a nominee about the particulars of his or her religious beliefs is that those questions inevitably expose those beliefs as somehow a qualifier or a disqualifier for public office. That is flatly inconsistent with at least the spirit, if not also the letter, of at least two provisions of the Constitution," Lee said. "I cannot fathom why this would ever make sense to do."

Lee pointed out that there was a time in which people might have been asked in a job interview or a congressional hearing whether they believed in God or were a Christian, an approach he said was equally as troublesome.

"When they might have been asked those, it was not for a good reason, because there is never a good reason in a public setting to ask that question, save, perhaps, if you just want to make sure that that person's religious beliefs do not require that person to betray the judicial oath. Beyond that, I can't fathom a circumstance in which that would be appropriate," Lee continued.

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