Many questioned the statement, wondering if Parson was implying that he wouldn’t even consider nominating someone who wasn’t Christian. Parson’s team quickly walked back the statement, with a representative emphasizing that Parson has no “litmus test for appointments.” Although Parson does have a history of appointees of various religious backgrounds, the statement still drew criticism, and understandably so.
The governor’s remarks, even if he’s not implying that being Christian is a prerequisite, are still offensive and exclusionary. It implies that his identity as a Christian is an important part of his role as a government leader and that he favors “Christian values” in his appointees. With this declaration, how are we to trust that he will actually treat nominees equally regardless of faith?
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