Letters to the Editor

Religion: Public officials' words carry weight

Re: “Feel the burn? Sanders abhors ‘hateful’ hell talk,” (TNT, 6/13).

I always appreciate Michael Gerson’s editorial columns, but his response to the Bernie Sanders criticism of Russell Vought after Vought stated Muslims stand condemned by God seems too focused on religious beliefs.

Vought’s personal beliefs are his business, but he is a public figure, and when public figures say that a group within our political/social space stands condemned, those comments can easily be interpreted as sanctioning rejection of conventional restraints on behavior toward members of that group.

Public figures’ words matter in how we behave toward one another, and we need to keep calling them out about it.