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Missouri governor: There is no Christian ‘purple litmus test’ for state appointees

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ST. LOUIS- A statement in support of the state’s current chief medical officer as the state’s former chief medical officer has forced Missouri Governor Mike Parson to face political and religious critics who say that the message left the impression that he was only in favor of appointing people with “Christian values”.

On Tuesday, after Don Kauerauf stepped down as the state’s chief medical officer when he was unable to get support from Senate Republicans who needed to confirm his appointment, Governor Parson launched a statement that reads:

“Don is a public health expert who has consistently opposed mask requirements and COVID-19 vaccine regulations. He’s outspoken pro-life and morally opposed to abortion. Missourians know that I share these beliefs and would not designate someone who does not share Christian values.”

When the statement was released on social media, it drew criticism from at least one Jewish state lawmaker, Adam Schwadron, of St. Charles, who asked loudly on Twitter: “I’m curious, Governor, is this the standard you normally use? Article VI of the United States Constitution prohibits religious examination as a certificate of any public office or trust. ”

There have been calls for an apology, and some, including Rabbi Daniel Bogard of the Central Reformed Congregation of St. Louis filed a civil rights complaint with the US Department of Justice.

Friday afternoon, the Governor’s office released the following statement:

“Governor Parson has never requested a religious litmus test for appointments, as evidenced by the multiple religious backgrounds of the appointees. Just because an appointee happens to possess values ​​consistent with the Governor’s Christian faith does not mean that he requires them to adhere to his religion. The Governor’s statement is intended to indicate that Don Kauerauf shares the same values ​​as the Governor and is not intended to imply that he is demanding that job applicants adhere to any particular religion.

Governor Parson has never requested a religious litmus test for appointments as evidence of having a diverse background in religious views that his appointees have openly shared, such as Jamilha Nasheed. ”

Nasheed, a former State Senator from St. Louis, was appointed to the State Board of Probation and Parole.

“I am Muslim and I am not Christian and he appointed me,” Nasheed told our news partners at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday. “I don’t think he really meant what he said. Like I said, if that was the case, I wouldn’t have been designated as a Muslim.

“I don’t think he meant it,” she told the newspaper

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Aila Slisco

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