Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks in Chicago on June 10. (Jim Young/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

In his June 13 op-ed, “Liberalism’s final frontier: The afterlife,” Michael Gerson unfairly chastised Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for his justified criticism of Russell Vought, the nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, who said online that all Muslims “stand condemned.”

Mr. Vought has a right to think his God will punish them, but, when he becomes a leader in a democratic country that frowns on tying government to any particular religion, he should work on his budget and refrain from pontificating on where Christians, Muslims or others will spend eternity.

This reminded me of a rumored argument that baseball manager and Hall of Famer Leo Durocher had with an umpire after a controversial call. Durocher approached the umpire and in a calm voice asked, “If I said you were an ignoramus, what would you do?” The umpire replied, “I would throw you out of the game.” Durocher continued, “What would you do if I thought it?” The umpire replied, “I couldn’t do anything.” Durocher said, “That’s right.” He walked away and stayed in the game.

Mr. Vought would be a better leader if he controlled his tongue and spoke about the here and now.

James E. Atwood, Harrisonburg, Va.

The writer is a retired minister.