Our Federal Government is not atheistic. It is polytheistic and cannot accept the exclusiveness of salvation through Jesus Christ. So what Bernie Sanders demands that all nominees burn a pinch of incense at the Senate's altar to the gods of the US Government.
Capital punishment for murderers and the failure of civil magistrates:
13 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Chris GP, I appreciate your comments. My earlier statement may have been misunderstood. I too abhor mob violence. However, I am a proponent of public executions of murderers and these executions are sanctioned through a civil magistrate and a jury of peers. The shedding of innocent blood is a capital offense.
"More than a hundred years later, in 1970, an archivist at the National Archives discovered Lee's Amnesty Oath among State Department records (reported in Prologue, Winter 1970). Apparently Secretary of State William H. Seward had given Lee's application to a friend as a souvenir, and the State Department had pigeonholed the oath.
In 1975, Lee's full rights of citizenship were posthumously restored by a joint congressional resolution effective June 13, 1865.
At the August 5, 1975, signing ceremony, President Gerald R. Ford acknowledged the discovery of Lee's Oath of Allegiance in the National Archives and remarked: "e;General Lee's character has been an example to succeeding generations, making the restoration of his citizenship an event in which every American can take pride."